Manchester United advanced to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Derby County. Luke Shaw scored the opening goal, followed by Odion Ighalo scoring twice as United registered a comfortable victory against a side that had their all-time leading goal-scorer Wayne Rooney. Also Read - Manchester United Great Rio Ferdinand Wants English Premier League to be Called Off
Derby started on a promising note but United seized control with Shaw breaking the deadlock in the 33th minute. Excellent at full-back, Shaw opened the scoring when a shot deflected off the turf and went over the head of Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos, and made the perfect ball for Ighalo to double United’s lead minutes before the first half. Also Read - Former United and Everton Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is Latest COVID-19 Victim
Rooney, who returned to England earlier this year, had a wonderful chance to equalise for Derby but his free-kick in the 36th minute went flying above the bar after a fingertip touch from the goalkeeper. After most of the ball was tackled in the center for the most part of the next half hour, Ighalo scored a second and put the match beyond conclusion. Also Read - Manipur Give India Its First All-Transgender Football Team
“As long as my team-mates believe in me, the boss believes in me and the fans believe in me, I just have to keep going. I don’t care what anyone says. We want to keep the momentum going and make sure we do great this season,” Ighalo said after the match.
With the win, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United have gone nine games without a loss in the FA Cup and the result does a world of good to his team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League. This was also United’s ninth straight win against Derby County in the FA Cup dating back to 1948.
“There were some scary moments there,” Solskjaer told BT Sport. “Early on I didn’t think we played particularly well but of course when you get two goals the way we did that was pleasing. A nice goal again from Odion and fantastic save by Sergio from Wayne’s free kick. It’s great for us to have Odion to call upon. He’s a different type of striker, he holds it up well.”