Manchester United booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after two late goals against a resilient Derby County side at Old Trafford.
In truth, the Reds should have won by a bigger margin, having hit the woodwork on no less than three occasions. However, it only took a screamer from Jesse Lingard and a cool finish by substitute Romelu Lukaku to seal United’s progress into the next round.
José Mourinho made five changes to the side that beat Everton on New Year’s Day, with Sergio Romero, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford all coming in.
And United asserted themselves from kick-off, with several chances to break the deadlock going begging in the first-half. Juan Mata and Paul Pogba both had good free-kicks saved by Derby keeper Scott Carson, while Rashford fired over the crossbar and somehow headed against the post from six yards out.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Rashford once again hit the woodwork, this time with a driven effort from a tight angle, while half-time substitute Lukaku also headed against the post but had already been flagged offside.
Just as it seemed like it would be one of those nights for United, Lingard popped up with the pivotal goal. With six minutes remaining, he rifled the ball into the top right corner from 25 yards to send a sigh of relief across the Theatre of Dreams.
Lukaku would go on to finish the job with some superb forward play, holding up the ball well and kickstarting a counter-attack before receiving the ball back from fellow substitute Anthony Martial and squeezing the ball past Carson.
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