Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata scored as Manchester United booked their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win at Championship side Derby County at the iPro Stadium on Friday.
George Thorne cancelled out a Rooney strike to leave the two teams level at the break, but second-half goals from Blind and Mata saw Louis van Gaal’s side advance into the next round.
United were ahead in the 16th minute when Rooney collected a pass from Anthony Martial, before working a yard and bending one into the top corner to cap what was an impressive start for the Red Devils.
Derby pulled level when 23-year-old midfielder Thorne poked the ball past De Gea from close range after a rare venture up the field. Martial then set up Rooney as Man United came close to regaining the lead late in the first half, but Stephen Warnock came from nowhere to clear with a goal-saving challenge, before Blackman fired just wide down the other end.
Man United were back ahead in the 65th minute, however, when Blind, who somehow found himself inside the Derby box, placed a Lingard cross into the bottom corner.
Derby continued to commit players forward as the match entered its latter stages, but Jacob Butterfield could not release a strike after a quick counter, while Man United remained a threat down the left through the excellent Martial.
Indeed it was through Martial that Man United made sure of the victory late on as the France international again beat his full-back before finding Mata, who in turn found the bottom corner to send the visitors into the next round and ease the pressure on the under-fire Van Gaal.
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