Manchester United will now travel for the next fixture of the Emirates FA Cup. The Red Devils succumbed to defeat against Southampton last week in a disappointing 1-0 result. The unsatisfying scores and performances are taking Louis van Gaal closer to facing the sack. However, the manager feels confident of being retained in the gaffer’s role.

United head into this clash on the back of a first defeat in six games, at the hands of Southampton last weekend. With a potential Wembley cup final just five wins away, victory over promotion-chasing Derby would serve as a welcome boost for Louis van Gaal’s side.

Derby currently sit fifth in the Championship table, six points adrift of the automatic promotion slots, after failing to win any of their last five league games. Meanwhile, defeat to Southampton leaves the Reds fifth in the Barclays Premier League standings, just outside the Champions League places.

Team News

Manchester United: Darmian misses out on the game following his injury occurred in the game against Southampton. Carrick could probably be back for the fixture but won’t be played for full 90 minutes. Bastian, Young, Valencia and Rojo all remain sidelined with long term injuries.

Derby County: No fresh injuries for the Rams. Long-term absentees Max Lowe, Craig Forsyth and Will Hughes remain unavailable.

Expected line ups

Manchester United XI: De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney

Derby County XI:  Carson; Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Warnock; Thorne, Butterfield, Johnson; Ince, Blackman, Martin

Key Stats

Head to Head

  • Derby have lost all six meetings against Manchester United in the FA Cup – most recently a 4-1 fifth-round defeat in February 2009.
  • They knocked United’s predecessors Newton Heath out of the FA Cup in 1896 and 1897.
  • Derby have only won three of the last 19 meetings in all competitions (D5, L11).

Derby County

  • Derby’s sole FA Cup success came 70 years ago in 1946 – beating Charlton 4-1 (aet) in the first final after the conclusion of World War Two.
  • The Rams have only lost two of their 14 home games this season (W7, D5).
  • They are without a win in five league matches (D2, L3), conceding 12 goals in that run.

Manchester United

  • Saturday’s defeat against Southampton ended a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W3, D2).
  • The Reds have lost just one of their last 44 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition, a home defeat by Leeds in January 2010 (W36, D7).
  • United have 11 FA Cup titles – second behind Arsenal.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his last five United appearances.

 

Key Battles

Blackman vs McNair

Derby boast a wealth of attacking talent, and added to their frontline earlier this month with the signing of Reading striker Nick Blackman, who is among the top scorers in the second tier. McNair will have a tough time battling it out against this star striker.

Rooney vs Christie

Wayne Rooney has been in good form lately as the Englishman has been scoring eversince the start of 2016. Christie will have to stop the captain from netting goals else the Ram will face a tough time snatching a victory.

Betting Odds 

Derby 10/3

Draw 5/2

Man United 19/20

Prediction

Derby County 1-3 Manchester United 

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