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Review & Ratings: Ighalo double sees United finish Derby off in 3-0 victory; Shaw MOTM, Fernandes did well, McTominay back

Manchester United beat Derby County 3-0 in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup at Pride Park on Thursday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will now progress to face Norwich City at Carrow Road later this month. A goal from Luke Shaw and a brace from Odion Ighalo was enough to put United through. Not a great result for Wayne Rooney though, who was on the losing side in this match.

United started the game in fine fettle, pushing to score an early goal, which was not coming. United had more opportunities on goal than the home side with 10 attempts, three on target, one off target and six shots blocked unto and including United’s opener which was scored by Luke Shaw, although there was a bit of a deflection on Jesse Lingard, who surely would not try to claim that goal?

United scored a second goal in the first half with Odion Ighalo scoring his second goal for the club in the 41st minute of the match. Shaw was integral to the goal with him driving forward and trying to feed the ball to the Nigerian and would have had the assist if the ball did not deflect slightly off the Derby defender. At the end of the first half, United had 12 shots on goal, four being on target, one being off and seven being blocked.

United scored a third goal in the match twenty minutes from time with Ighalo scoring a second of the evening, his third goal for the club. Juan Mata could have had an assist after he squared the ball into the Nigerian but Derby tried to cut out possession but Ighalo regained control of the ball and smashed his shot into the roof of the net. United were 3-0 and heading into the quarter finals of the FA Cup, facing Norwich City.

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

Another clean sheet for United and Romero. The best second-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League. Derby had little to throw at him during the match. He was tested by Rooney in added time.

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Diogo Dalot

The Portuguese defender did well at right-back with Wan-Bissaka out injured. He was calm and composed and tried to play the ball forward much of the time. He was not pressure much by Derby.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The iceman played well although Derby did not get much involvement in attack in the game. United were pulling the strings from start to finish.

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3 Eric Bailly

It was good to see Bailly back in the team. I think he should be playing alongside Maguire in the back four ahead of Lindelof at this moment in time. However, with Maguire's injury, it might not happen at the present time, but it should. He was calm and composed despite Derby having few credible shots on goal.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back had a great match against Derby scoring the opening goal, although there was a slight deflection off Lingard and literally teeing up the second goal, which he could have had the assist for if the ball did not deflect off a Derby defender. Williams has helped him raise his game, which was much-needed.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian had a quiet game at times on his 27th birthday. United had Derby in their sights from the kick off and did enough to get the better of them.

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39 Scott McTominay

The midfielder had a good game and certainly seems to be the player with the fire in his belly, chasing down Sibley at times in the game. It is good to see the player back in the team after his injury layoff and he seems to have wasted no time getting back into the team and performing. One of his teammates might want to look at the way McTominay has done this.

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8 Juan Mata

Magic. The Spanish midfielder reads the game superbly well and was one of United's best players in the game. He used the width he was playing in to help United create, which is something United had seen a lot of against Derby. Mata was unlucky not the get an assist for Ighalo's second goal of the game but a defender tried to intercept the ball with Ighalo getting it back before scoring.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese midfielder was pulling the strings for United against Derby. In the first half, it looked as if he'd suffered an injury, landing awkwardly after a challenge but he was fine. Fernandes was replaced by Pereira in the 67th minute of the match.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Lingard did well at times but still has a lot to do in order to become a regular starting player for the club. I was not all that impressed with his attacking ability in the game - he should be doing much better than he is. Sad signs that he could be heading into his career decline now.

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25 Odion Ighalo

The Nigerian scored twice for United against Derby, taking his goal tally to three now. It was good to see him join the ranks of Quinton Fortune, who was until tonight the only African player to score for United in the FA Cup.

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Substitutes

Andreas Pereira

Replaced Fernandes 67'. Helped United tick over in midfield after the main creator, recently, was given a short rest ahead of Sunday's big match. I don't think he did much on or off the ball.

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9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Fred 74'. At 3-0 down, Derby would not have been happy seeing him come on. The damage was already done before he replaced Fred with 16 minutes to go.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Shaw 80'. Came on with ten minutes left, giving Shaw a rest after his appearance against Derby which saw him score a goal and turn provider. Williams used his class and skill to keep United ticking.

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Goals: Luke Shaw 33′, Odion Ighalo 41′, 70′

Assists: N/A

Manchester United: Romero; Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw (Williams 80′); Fred (Martial 74′), McTominay; Mata, Fernandes (Pereira 67′), Lingard; Ighalo

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Tuanzebe; Matic; Greenwood

Bookings: Wayne Rooney 45+2′; Luke Shaw 17′, Eric Bailly 64′, Brandon Williams 90+3′

Confirmed Starting XI: Ighalo leads the line against Derby; Fernandes, Mata, Dalot and Bailly all start; Tuanzebe on the bench

Manchester United will be back in Emirates FA Cup action this evening as they travel to face Derby County at Pride Park. Phillip Cocu’s side will be seeking to do what they did under Frank Lampard – beat United and earn a quarter-final place in the tournament this season. However, at Pride Park, United have a good record, winning in their last two visits, losing in the one before which was about a decade ago.

Solskjaer will be hoping that United do better than they did against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, coming away with a point after a 1-1 draw, which could have easily been a defeat for United with VAR cancelling out a late winner for the home aide. VAR will not be involved at Pride Park on Thursday though. United need to ensure their eight match unbeaten run continues ahead of Sunday’s test.

United will be back in Premier League action this weekend with Manchester City travelling to the Theatre of Dreams for the second Manchester derby (in the league) this season, effectively the fourth derby of the season with the Carabao Cup matches included. A win against Derby will keep the belief high and despite winning at the Etihad twice this season, doing it at home will be more important.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw;

Fred, McTominay;

Mata, Fernandes, Lingard;

Ighalo

Substitutes:

De Gea; Tuanzebe, Williams; Pereira, Matic; Martial, Greenwood

Derby County:

Roos;

Bogle, Evans, Forsyth, Lowe;

Sibley, Bird;

Knight, Rooney, Lawrence;

Waghorn

Substitutes:

Hamer, Shinnie, Marriott, Clarke, Martin, Davies, Whittaker

United and Derby have played a total of 107 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United have won 46 times, drawn 29 times and lost 32 times. United and Derby last met in the Carabao Cup back in September 2018, a 2-2 draw, 8-7 penalty loss in a match which saw Sergio Romero sent off and Lee Grant coming off the bench to make his first appearance for the club.

In the previous four matches, three of them in the Emirates FA Cup, another in the League Cup, United have won them all, scoring 13 goals, conceding four and keeping one clean sheet. The last time United were defeated at Pride Park was in January 2009, a 1-0 defeat in the League Cup with Kris Commons scoring the only goal of the game. United have been to Pride Park twice since (2009 and 2016) winning both matches.

How Manchester United could look against Derby County; 4-3-1-2 with Ighalo and Martial leading the line, Fernandes in behind and McTominay, Matic and Fred in midfield?

Manchester United will be back in Emirates FA Cup action on Thursday evening as they travel to face Derby County at Pride Park. Phillip Cocu’s side will be seeking to do what they did under Frank Lampard – beat United and earn a quarter-final place in the tournament this season. However, at Pride Park, United have a good record, winning in their last two visits, losing in the one before which was about a decade ago.

Solskjaer will be hoping that United do better than they did against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, coming away with a point after a 1-1 draw, which could have easily been a defeat for United with VAR cancelling out a late winner for the home aide. VAR will not be involved at Pride Park on Thursday though. United need to ensure their eight match unbeaten run continues ahead of Sunday’s test.

United will be back in Premier League action this weekend with Manchester City travelling to the Theatre of Dreams for the second Manchester derby (in the league) this season, effectively the fourth derby of the season with the Carabao Cup matches included. A win against Derby will keep the belief high and despite winning at the Etihad twice this season, doing it at home will be more important.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Derby County in the Emirates FA Cup at Pride Park on Thursday evening…

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero has been a player United need when he has ben called upon this season. Calm and composed, the Argentinian is a great stand in goalkeeper. With David De Gea in a period whereby his form has come under question, giving him the time to overcome that in training, especially ahead of an important match against Manchester City at the weekend. Romero gives his best every time he plays and has kept many clean sheets when he has played this season.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

The defence has been in good form at this stage of the season. Against Derby though, one change will be needed. Victor Lindelof needs to sit out of matches for a period of time as he has not been the confident player that he has been in the past. Eric Bailly should be given the chance to form a partnership with Harry Maguire in the back for. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw should keep their places as the fullbacks in the starting XI for this game. United have only conceded two goals in their last eight matches, which is seeing them head in the right direction at an important stage of the season – the business end.

Midfield: Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay

The midfield has been gaining strength with injured players coming back at an important time. With the signing of Bruno Fernandes and the return to fitness and form of Scott McTominay, added to the fact that Paul Pogba is nearing his long-awaited return, the strength in the midfield will be the best it has been for a number of years. Against Derby, I expect to see a three-man midfield, like the one which played against Everton on Sunday with McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred all starting.

Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese international has been a breath of fresh air since he signed for the club in January. In six appearances so far, Fernandes has three goals, two assists and four MOTM awards from the club. This is great to see with United lacking creativity in the team this season with Pogba and McTominay on the sidelines for long periods of time. Fernandes is he guy that can do the damage to the opposition that United have been seeking for a while. Having him play ahead of a three-man midfield and behind a two-man forward line could be devastating for Derby and other opposition this season.

Forwards: Odion Ighalo, Anthony Martial

United have a good striker in Odion Ighalo and after he scored his first goal for the club in the UEFA Europa League against Club Brugge, he will be seeking to score many more. The Premier League has been a happy hunting ground for him in the past and he could unlock that soon. Against Derby though, he could get himself to cut his teeth a bit more, showing the Championship side the difference between the two clubs now. Playing with Anthony Martial could be key with Martial doing a lot more in attacking areas than other players with Ighalo being in the box to latch onto crosses and hold up the play in the box with United on the attack. It could be a match to unlock the goals.

Substitutes: David De Gea; Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard; Mason Greenwood

Solskjaer will need to have players available on the bench if the need arises for them to be involved in the game. David De Gea will be the goalkeeper on the bench and will be beneficial if needed. In defence, Axel Tuanzebe could be on the bench giving some different options with Diogo Dalot and Brandon Williams offering in both fullback positions, also at wing-back if the formation needs to be changes. In midfield, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard could offer something, the latter option needs to start doing just that. In the forward area, Mason Greenwood could be the player to offer something from the bench, if it is needed but it would be good to see him involved somewhere.

Preview: Manchester United seeking to lock the Rams out of the Emirates FA Cup at Pride Park; Ighalo, Martial and Fernandes key to this

Derby County -v- Manchester United

Emirates FA Cup

Pride Park, Derby

Thursday 5 March 2020, KO 19:45 GMT

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: Ian Hussin, Daniel Robathan Fourth Official: Lee Mason

Manchester United will be back in Emirates FA Cup action on Thursday evening as they travel to face Derby County at Pride Park. Phillip Cocu’s side will be seeking to do what they did under Frank Lampard – beat United and earn a quarter-final place in the tournament this season. However, at Pride Park, United have a good record, winning in their last two visits, losing in the one before which was about a decade ago.

Solskjaer will be hoping that United do better than they did against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, coming away with a point after a 1-1 draw, which could have easily been a defeat for United with VAR cancelling out a late winner for the home aide. VAR will not be involved at Pride Park on Thursday though. United need to ensure their eight match unbeaten run continues ahead of Sunday’s test.

United will be back in Premier League action this weekend with Manchester City travelling to the Theatre of Dreams for the second Manchester derby (in the league) this season, effectively the fourth derby of the season with the Carabao Cup matches included. A win against Derby will keep the belief high and despite winning at the Etihad twice this season, doing it at home will be more important.

Form: United unbeaten in their last six matches, winning three times and drawing three times. Derby not in great form with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six matches.

Manchester United: DWWDWD

Everton 1-1 D, Club Brugge 5-0 W, Watford 3-0 W, Club Brugge 1-1 D, Chelsea 2-0 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 D

Derby County: WLDDLW

Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 W, Queens Park Rangers 2-1 L, Fulham 1-1 D, Huddersfield Town 1-1 D, Bristol City 3-2 L, Swansea City 3-2 W

Top Scorers: 72 goals scored for United this season with Derby managing just 51 goals in all competitions. Could Rooney score against United? Fernandes to steak the show again?

Manchester United Goals: 19 – Marcus Rashford, 15 – Anthony Martial, 11 – Mason Greenwood, 4 – Scott McTominay, 3 – Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, 2 – Fred, Own Goal, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, 1 – Diogo Dalot, Odion Ighalo, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United have done well recently, sitting eight matches into an unbeaten run which has seen them add some pressure on Chelsea for a place in the top four this season. In those eight matches, United have scored 19 goals, conceding two goals, and keeping six clean sheet. United need to keep pushing on, stopping the draws, with three of them in the last eight matches. This match will be crucial, as will the matches for the rest of the month with United also heading back into the UEFA Europa League.

Derby County Goals: 12 – Martyn Waghorn, 9 – Tom Lawrence, 8 – Chris Martin, 4 – Jason Knight, Wayne Rooney, 3 – Duane Holmes, Jack Marriott, 1 – Jayden Bogle, Lee Buchanan, Matthew Clarke, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Malone, Jamie Paterson, Graeme Shinnie, Andre Wisdom

Derby have not been in great form recently. They currently sit in thirteenth place in the Championship table after 36 matches, winning 12, drawing 12 and losing 12 matches this season. In their last six matches, two wins, two draws and two defeats puts them in mixed form. However, Derby has scored 11 goals, conceded 10 goals, keeping no clean sheets, which could be problematic for them against the likes of Ighalo, Martial and Fernandes, not to mention Mason Greenwood, if he gets the opportunity to play in this match.

Team News: Rashford, Pogba and Grant out of action for the Derby match whereas Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah and James could be back in the squad.

Heading into the match against Derby, United have just three players on the sidelines through injury after Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah both returned to action for the U23s against Stoke City. Marcus Rashford (lower back), Lee Grant (wrist), Paul Pogba (ankle) will still be out of action. Daniel James (knock) could be fit in time to face Derby after missing the 1-1 draw with Everton.

Derby manager Phillip Cocu could still be without Duane Holmes (ankle), Ikechi Anya (calf), Krystian Bielik (knee), Tom Huddlestone (hamstring) for the visit of United to Pride Park but George Evans (calf) could boost the manager’s squad after seemingly recovering from his injury. Wayne Rooney and Tom Lawrence could both face their former club which could be a big night for them.

Predicted Starting XI: Martial and Ighalo leading the line, Fernandes in behind with midfield three of McTominay, Matic and Fred against Derby at Pride Park?

I don’t think Solskjaer will make many changes for this match, not in the starting XI anyway. United need to win to keep their hopes of a trophy this season alive. Odion Ighalo and Anthony Martial should lead the line with Bruno Fernandes in behind them. A midfield three of Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred would work like it did on Sunday. The four man defence of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka with Sergio Romero in goal.

Match Prediction: United looking to beat Derby after losing on penalties in their last match back in September 2018. United have not lost at Pride Park since January 2009.

United and Derby have played a total of 107 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United have won 46 times, drawn 29 times and lost 32 times. United and Derby last met in the Carabao Cup back in September 2018, a 2-2 draw, 8-7 penalty loss in a match which saw Sergio Romero sent off and Lee Grant coming off the bench to make his first appearance for the club.

In the previous four matches, three of them in the Emirates FA Cup, another in the League Cup, United have won them all, scoring 13 goals, conceding four and keeping one clean sheet. The last time United were defeated at Pride Park was in January 2009, a 1-0 defeat in the League Cup with Kris Commons scoring the only goal of the game. United have been to Pride Park twice since (2009 and 2016) winning both matches.

Derby County 1-3 Manchester United

Derby County manager Frank Lampard seeking to buy Demetri Mitchell this summer

Manchester United academy graduate Demetri Mitchell is a target for Derby County manager Frank Lampard this summer, according to reports. The Sun has claimed that the former Chelsea player is seeking a permanent deal worth ÂŁ500,000 for the defender. Mitchell already has many followers amongst United’s fan base who would like to see him develop into a player capable of occupying either the left-back or the left-wing, or a role in between at the club in the future.

Mitchell, 21, had a loan spell with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership last season where he was highly regarded by his manager, teammates and most importantly the supporters of the club. Sadly his season ended prematurely due to injury. Mitchell will be seeking to find out what his future holds for him at United, seeing Ashley Young emerge as the first-choice left-back at the club last season, alongside the speculation earlier this summer which linked Luke Shaw with a move away from the Old Trafford club.

The 21-year-old made his first team debut at United on the final day of the Premier League 2016/17 season against Crystal Palace with United winning the match 2-0. Many youth players made their debuts that day, including Josh Harrop, who left promptly that summer for Preston North End and Angel Gomes, who became the youngest debutant since Duncan Edwards at the club. Mitchell thought his inclusion would bring more opportunities in the first team, but that is not what happened.

Before going on loan to Hearts in January 2018, Mitchell revealed what Jose Mourinho had said to him ahead of the Palace game where he made his debut. Mitchell had only been playing as a fullback for around two years, being converted from a winger/wing-back with Nicky Butt commending the defensive side of his game. Reported by the Manchester Evening News at the time, Mitchell had said:

“It was special making my debut for the club against Crystal Palace. The manager just brought me in and told me that, although every game is important, there was no pressure on me. It was the end of the season and I really enjoyed it. Obviously I hoped it would lead to more opportunities at United but that hasn’t happened, so that’s why I was so keen to go out on loan.”

Confirming that Butt, now the head of United’s academy but at the time was coaching the U23s, had switched him to a more defensive role at the club, Mitchell, speaking to the Scotsman, said:

“Hearts got in touch with United because they have been looking for a left-back and I seemed to fit the bill for them. I’ve been told Hearts have been needing a left-back for a while so hopefully, I can help out with that. My aim is to play as much as I can and help the team finish the season strongly.

“I have only turned into a left-back over the last two seasons. I was a winger or a wing-back before that. But Nicky Butt, the Under-23 manager at Manchester United [at the time], thought I did the defensive side of the game well. He moved me back there and I have been doing a lot of work to learn the position.

“I think I have been getting better at it. It feels more natural to me now and I’m adapting well. I can play as a wing-back if it’s five at the back, or at full-back if it’s a flat four.”

The Sun suggests that Mitchell has one year remaining on his United contract and the club now need to work out whether they will sell the player this summer, or in effect watch him leave as a free agent in a years time. It would be a shame that a player as talented as Mitchell could leave the club but it would not be the first time that a youth player had not found the form or the chances to occupy a first team place at the club.

United will fly to Los Angeles today [Sunday 15 July 2018] ahead of their pre-season tour which will see them face Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool, and Real Madrid in the United States of America, before flying to Munich, Germany to face Bayern Munich five days before the new Premier League season starts. With many first team players missing due to this summers FIFA World Cup, which ends today with France playing Croatia, Mitchell may, in fact, travel with the squad to offer depth in the early matches.

Mitchell would do well playing for Derby County if the report is true that Lampard is seeking to sign him. The Championship club finished in the play-off positions last season, losing to Fulham, the eventual winners. Derby will be seeking to earn promotion back to the Premier League under Lampard this season, whether achieving an automatic promotion or winning the play-off. Bringing in a player as capable as Mitchell would be good for them, despite it seemingly being a loss for United.

Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford leads the line against Derby; Shaw keeps his place

Manchester United go head to head with Championship club Derby County in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup this evening at Old Trafford. United managed to overcome their poor form on New Year’s Day with a victory over Everton at Goodison Park, despite three consecutive draws in the Premier League against Leicester City (2-2), Burnley (2-2) and Southampton (0-0). Prior to those three matches, United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Bristol City, which was the start of a poor period for the Red Devils.

Jose Mourinho has been slated in the media, it has also been stated that he was going to walk away from the club at the end of the season and that he was currently negotiating a new contract with the club. The manager has also been criticised for living in the Lowry hotel – which suggests the media are obsessed with Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. Mourinho himself has had a go back at the media over the last few days, exposing their lies about his leaving the club, also answering why he still lives in the hotel, not that it is any of their business.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw;

Herrera, Pogba;

Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan;

Rashford

Substitutes:

J. Pereira; Rojo, Darmian; Fellaini, McTominay; Lukaku, Martial

Manchester United and Derby County have played 105 matches in the history of both teams, the very first match played on the 31st December 1892 – a 7-1 victory for Newton Heath in the old Football League Division One. United have won 45 matches, drawn 29 and lost 31 times. The last defeat to Derby was on the 7th January 2009 in the League Cup, a 1-0 defeat at Pride Park with Kris Commons scoring the only goal in the 30th minute of the match. United and Derby have played three times since that defeat, United winning all three with 4-2, 4-1 and 3-1 – all in domestic cup competitions.

Ratings: Manchester United 3-2 Derby County – Premier League 2 2016/17

In Manchester United U23’s first outing at Old Trafford of the season, they faced a newly promoted Derby County side who were yet to get any points in this Premier League 2 campaign. United started well and took the lead through Scott McTominay’s head after Josh Harrop’s cross. They were then pegged back in initially controversial circumstances as Charles Vernam headed scored although replays confirmed that the ball did indeed just cross the line despite Sadiq El Fitouri’s best efforts to clear. The second half brought a Josh Harrop goal from a penalty that he won himself however yet again, Derby, Vernam specifically, equalised, after a great delivery from wide right that the midfielder came onto to head past Kieran O’Hara. With Derby sitting back and looking to frustrate United, they looked set to collect their first points of the season, however, with minutes left, McTominay swiveled to get his second goal of the night and get his side all three points which on the balance of play they rightly deserved. Here’s how United’s youngsters rated for the match:

Goals: McTominay 16′, 85′, Harrop 67′

Manchester United: O’Hara; El Fitouri, Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; McTominay; Scott (Williams), Redmond (Olosunde), Harrop, Hamilton; Willock

Substitutes Not Used: Moutha-Sebtaoui, Chong, Doughty

Manchester United

Kieran O’Hara

He had large parts of the game where he little was called upon although he was unconvincing at times in claiming high balls. He tried and failed to cut out the ball at the near post which led to Derby's first goal. He did however, make two important saves late on to help his team get all three points.

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Ratings: Manchester United 3-2 Derby County – Premier League 2 2016/17

He was better defensively than he has been previously and was reading the play well, for the most part, to intercept and win the ball early. He arguably could have done better to put off Vernam for Derby and Vernam's second goal but overall he did alright especially when acknowledging the fact that he was a constant presence on the right touch-line further up the pitch and put in some good deliveries.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

For the most part, he was defensively good and was great on the ball again although it was clear that he had more joy on the ground this game as both he and Poole struggled a little bit with their opponents' aerial threat. He might feel that he could have done better to stop Derby's second as he tried and failed to clear the cross in, although it would be harsh to call this a full-blown error.

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Regan Poole

He defended very well again and not only made some impressive tackles but then followed them up by consistently bringing the ball out expertly. He appears to be constantly improving on his skills with the ball and made several good passes from the back before making a few beautiful cross field balls when he was pushed up into defensive midfield near the end of the game.

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Joe Riley

As always, Joe Riley had a good game getting forward well and key played a key role in most of United's most productive moves going forward. He could have done better in pressing and preventing the cross for Derby's second but he effectively made up for it after his good work getting up the left-hand side eventually led to McTominay's winner.

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39 Scott McTominay

A good game for the midfielder as he continues to thrive in his favoured midfield spot. His first goal was a good header that went in off of the underside of the bar to get the lead. The movement that led to that goal was on display later on in the first half as he had two other good chances within two minutes of each other to extend United's lead. He'll likely think that he should have tucked away one of these attempts but he was getting in the right positions and a deflection away from him prevented another chance from a cross as he lurked dangerously in front of goal. He eventually scored again to grab the late winner much to the delight of himself and his teammates.

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Charlie Scott

Out wide again, Charlie Scott was defensively very good and was one of the key men involved in regaining possession for United as he was both tough in the tackle and smart positionally. He was tidy on the ball and didn't lose it much, however, he could have got forward more as his defensive mentality meant that he didn't always instinctively or eagerly get forward to join attacks but he put in a good shift.

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Devonte Redmond

It was a quiet game for Redmond and him never really got into the game. On the ball, he did little wrong but he was safe in possession for the most part and didn't do enough to win the ball back in midfield. He still needs to impose himself in matches more and on a more consistent basis as he is often a lacking presence on the pitch.

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Ratings: Manchester United 3-2 Derby County – Premier League 2 2016/17

It was a good evening's work for Josh Harrop as he continues to be the bright spark for United in the attack. After good work down the left-hand side, his wonderful cross onto McTominay's head led to United's first. He was influential in most of the side's build-up play and always looking to play the ball forwards. His slick and swift footwork led to him being fouled for the winning penalty which he took and scored himself to get the team's second. Following United's third, he harried very well and showed great fitness which is a testament to manager Warren Joyce's notoriously hard training.

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Ethan Hamilton

Much like in the last match against Villarreal, Hamilton found space well although he wasn't as effective in what he did with it as he was last time out. He got in behind well and could have assisted a goal for McTominay had he turned it in and his link-up play with Riley on the left caused problems constantly for Derby, especially in the first half. He was more careless with the ball in the second half and showed some signs of fatigue both on the ball in his decision-making and off the ball with his pressing.

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Matty Willock

At times it appeared to be quite a lethargic performance from Willock although he seemed to more of a reflection of his frustration as he tried to get on the ball and in behind in what is still an unfamiliar role to him upfront. He looked better towards the end of the match and almost appeared to have a second wind as his increasing involvement in play appeared to lift his spirits and energy levels and his passing was far crisper and once he was beginning to get found in his runs, he looked far more of a threat.

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Substitutes

Matthew Olosunde

On for Devonte Redmond. He had little time on the pitch before he played the ball through to Harrop for the penalty. He looked lively and he was a nuisance in the box which led to McTominay's winner which he'll also be claiming an assist for as the intent was there for the pass although it took a lucky nick of a Derby player on its way to Olosunde's intended target.

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Ro-Shaun Williams

On for Charlie Scott. He looked assured alongside Tuanzebe in what was only his second game back from a lengthy shoulder injury and his first back at Under-23 level, although it was the Under-21s the last time he played. He conceded a foul in a dangerous area after a rash challenge on the edge of the box which hinted at some rust still on his part and some of his passes were a bit off but on the whole he looked comfortable and ready to return to action fully soon and pick up where he left off to continue his rapid progression up the ranks.

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Report: Manchester United 3-2 Derby County – Premier League 2 2016/17

Manchester United’s U23’s faced Derby County at Old Trafford on Monday night looking for a first league win in four games after two draws and a loss. Derby County were yet to register a point this season and sat second from bottom in the league ahead of Leicester City on goal difference. United made one change to the side which beat Villarreal last week as Kieran O’Hara replaced Sam Johnstone in goal while there was the first involvement for 16-year-old Tahith Chong on the bench as well as a return from injury for Ro-Shaun Williams.

United had the first effort of the game in the second minute as El Fitouri’s right-wing cross found Harrop on the edge of the box but he dragged his shot wide of goal. Following a strong run down the left wing Riley tested the Derby goalkeeper from 20 yards in the seventh minute but his shot lacked power and was saved comfortably. United were dealing  comfortably with Derby’s attacks with Tuanzebe using his pace to cut out any danger. Josh Harrop was at the heart of all United’s attacking moves and it was no surprise to see him heavily involved when United took the lead in the 16th minute as he dribbled down the left-wing and checked back before crossing for McTominay to head home powerfully to make it 1-0.

Derby got into the game more after conceding and had a headed chance of their own which flew over before Tuanzebe denied what looked a certain goal with a brilliant last-ditch tackle in the 22nd minute. United went close to extending their lead in the 26th minute as Harrop struck a powerful effort from 25 yards but the defender got a slight block to take the pace off the shot and the goalkeeper saved well. McTominay was very lively for United and could have had a hat-trick as he went close twice in the space of a minute as he first got to Riley’s cross but his effort hit the post and then got on the end of Hamilton’s cross but fired over from six-yards.

United were regretting the misses soon after as Derby drew level as United failed to deal with a corner and the ball was knocked back across goal and Vernam headed home from close range to make it 1-1 in the 34th minute. United almost regained the lead immediately but Harrop’s dangerous ball across the face of goal was deflected out of the path of El Fitouri with the goal gaping. The teams went in level at 1-1 at halftime although United should have made more of their chances.

United had the first chance of the second half in the 48th minute and again it was McTominay looking to get on the end of a cross as he was inches away from getting a finishing touch to El Fitouri’s cross from the right-wing. After a complete switch off from United in the 54th minute, Derby went close to taking the lead as Walker headed narrowly wide following a free cross from the left-wing. In the first substitution of the game, Olosunde replaced Redmond in the 58th minute.

Derby were making it difficult for United to create chances in the second half as they defended in numbers but United finally made the breakthrough as they won the ball and broke forward quickly with Olosunde’s through pass finding Harrop who was brought down for a penalty. Harrop stepped up himself and smashed the ball into the bottom corner to give United a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute.  Derby were refusing to lie down however and went close twice in the 71st minute as Williams made two important blocks to send the ball out for corners.

Derby were level in the 73rd minute as a dangerous cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by Tuanzebe and Vernam connected with a diving header to make it 2-2. United’s main threat was coming from crosses and they took the lead again in the 85th as Riley’s cross from the left was kept alive in the box by Olosunde and the ball fell for McTominay who swiveled and fired the ball into the bottom corner from six-yards. Once again Derby rallied after going behind and twice tested O’Hara from the edge of the box but he dealt well with both efforts to push the ball away.  United saw out the game to claim the three points despite a spirited effort from Derby.

Goals: McTominay 16′, 85′, Harrop 67′

Manchester United: O’Hara; El Fitouri, Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; McTominay; Scott (Williams), Redmond (Olosunde), Harrop, Hamilton; Willock

Substitutes Not Used: Moutha-Sebtaoui, Chong, Doughty

Starting XI: Manchester United v Derby County – Premier League 2 2016/17

Manchester United U23’s take on Derby County at Old Trafford in the Premier League 2 this evening. United beat Villarreal 1-0 last Tuesday in a slightly delayed match due to the weather in the Greater Manchester area. Their previous two matches were 1-1 draws against both Chelsea and Manchester City, which made the result against the reigning Premier League International Cup champions was a much better result than was expected. United have the chance to get their season back on track this evening against Derby. The U18’s were beaten 4-0 by Derby at the start of the season and Warren Joyce has brought in both Ethan Hamilton and Tahith Chong from that level to strengthen his side this season, which does not have a recognised striker. Here are the starting XI and list of substitutes for both teams this evening.

Manchester United:

O’Hara;

El Fitouri, Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley;

McTominay;

Scott, Redmond, Harrop, Hamilton;

Willock

Substitutes:

Moutha-Sebtaoui, Olosunde, Williams, Chong, Doughty

Derby County:

Ravas;

Stabana, Wassell, Cover, MacDonald;

Gordon, Hanson, Guy, Walker:

Jakobsen, Vernam

Substitutes:

Yates, Santos, Babos, Marsh, Skapetis

Loan Watch: Pereira and Wilson made debuts with defeats; Januzaj continues to stutter

So far this season Manchester United have five players out on loan; Guillermo Varela at Eintracht Frankfurt, Adnan Januzaj at  Sunderland, James Wilson at Derby County, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Andreas Pereira at Granada. The summer transfer window closes on Wednesday evening so that number could well increase ahead of the first half of the season. The emergency loan spell window has been abolished this season, so teams will need to strengthen before the closure of the summer window. Here is how I feel the loan players did for their respective clubs this weekend.

Guillermo Varela – Eintracht Frankfurt

Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon. The Uruguayan right-back played well but was booked in the final three minutes of the match. Last week, the player scored the winning penalty in the DFB-Pokal, earning his team a place in the second round of the competition. The only goal of the match was scored in the 13th minute  through Alexander Meier and was assisted by Szabolcs Huszti. Varela committed a few fouls and conceded corners on a few occasions, but he did what he needed to do in order for his side to win their first Bundesliga match this season. Varela has not been called up by Uruguay during the international break, so he will a period of rest before the season starts again.

Next Match: SV Darmstadt 98 – Bundesliga – Saturday 10th September 2016, KO 14:30 BST

Adnan Januzaj – Sunderland

Adnan Januzaj played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The Belgian, despite scoring his debut goal for his loan club during the EFL Cup earlier in the week, was not on the scoresheet this weekend. He failed to achieve a shot on goal, his passing was poor; managing to successfully pass to a teammate 42% of the time. He created one chance, a key pass on the 36th minute of the match, but nothing came of it. Januzaj managed to get on of his two crosses to a teammate, again nothing transpired from them. Januzaj has talent, but his attitude seems to be something of a problem, probably why he has not been granted a chance at United this season. It could well be the end of the road for him, as looking at his form and what he offers, a player of his calibre should be head and shoulders above the players currently at Sunderland. It is funny that when he scores a goal like he did midweek, many seem to think he has made it. Not by a long shot. He has a lot to do in order to get himself back into United’s first team if that is, in fact, achievable at all. Januzaj was not called up by Belgium during the international break.

Next Match: Everton – Premier League – Monday 12th September 2016, KO 20:00 BST

James Wilson – Derby County

James Wilson was on the bench for his first Derby County match of the season following his loan move away from Manchester United. Derby was subjected to a 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion, which was a poor result for the away side. Wilson replaced Jacob Butterfield in the 56th minute of the match. The United striker had a shot on goal in the 90th minute of the match, but it was blocked. Wilson made five passes, all of which reached a teammate, which was good, but he needs to be doing more, and so do Derby. Two minutes into his debut, Wilson crossed into the box, but it did not reach a teammate and came to nothing. I am sure that given the chance, Wilson will start to find his feet, as this was his first competitive game this season. He played during some of United’s pre-season matches but had not played since then. Wilson has not been picked for England U21’s ahead of their European Championships qualifier against Norway.

Next Match: Newcastle United – Championship – Saturday 10th September 2016, KO 17:30 BST

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Manchester United left-back did not feature in the EFL Cup through the week either. He has been loaned to Wolves in order to develop, but he is not going to do that on the bench, so we will keep an eye on this loan spell, which at this moment in time does remind me of Tyler Blackett’s failed loan spell at Celtic last season, but it is early days. Borthwick-Jackson, along with United teammates Dean Henderson and Axel Tuanzebe has been selected for England U20’s, who face Brazil on Sunday 4th September 2016.

Next Match: Burton Albion – Championship – Saturday 10th September 2016, KO 15:00 BST

Andreas Pereira – Granada

Andreas Pereira made his debut for Granada in the 5-1 defeat to Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday evening. The Belgian-born Brazilian replaced Luis Martins in the 56th minute of the match, with his side trailing 2-1 at the time. Pereira had one shot on goal, in the 78th minute of the match, which was saved by the keeper. He maintained his passing at 63%, which was not all that bad. The Manchester United attack midfielder created one chance for his teammates with a key pass in the 71st minute, which came to nothing. Pereira was never going to have the debut of his life, having not played competitive football this season. The important factor is that he will gain some valuable first team football this season, in a competitive league where he will face Barcelona and Real Madrid, which may not be the best teams to play again, but the potential to learn is a massive thing for the young midfielder.

Next Match: SD Eibar – La Liga – Sunday 11th September 2016, KO 17:15 BST

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