Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Jesse Lingard can't stop scoring fantastic goals for Manchester United

Jesse Lingard can't stop scoring fantastic goals for Manchester United

Manchester United will be hoping to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they entertain Derby County at Old Trafford on Friday night.

The Red Devils have already lost to a Championship club this season, as they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Bristol City in December, and they could not be facing a more in-form side, as Derby have only lost one of their last 11 matches.

Pogba was off target with a ninth-minute curler while Rashford was similarly wide from an ambitious effort with 17 minutes on the clock.

Sergio Romero tipped over a 22nd minute Marcus Olsson header before Henrikh Mkhitaryan gifted possession to Derby. Sam Winnall then dragged one wide of the United post just before the half-hour mark as the visitors started to enjoy themselves.

Rashford thought he had found the breakthrough in the 37th minute with a header from the centre of the box but goalkeeper Scott Carson was equal to the task and kept his side in the match. It was Derby that had the first half-chance of the second half, however, with Tom Huddlestone seeing his strike deflect just wide.

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Derby County made a very strong start to the second-half and were clearly growing in confidence; but still living dangerously as Mata, Lukaku and Pogba all had shots saved, blocked and fired narrowly wide respectively five minutes after the restart.

Rashford saw Carson keep him out before again hitting a post ahead of a dragged shot from Pogba, to increasing frustration from the home supporters.

Lingard, in the form of his life, pulled off a stunning first-time effort from outside the area to break the deadlock on 84 minutes.

Having set up the first, Lukaku got on the scoresheet himself by finishing off a quick counter-attack after a one-two with Anthony Martial to ensure United avoided a troublesome replay at the end of a hectic festive schedule.

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