Manchester United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in our FA Cup fifth round tie at Derby County on Thursday night.
After dominating the game from start to finish, Luke Shaw eventually broke the deadlock with a mishit ground that deflected in off Jesse Lingard on 33 minutes.
The game was over five minutes before half-time when Odion Ighalo doubled our lead. The Nigerian striker, making his second start for the club, scored his second, 20 minutes from time.
Derby rarely looked like scoring but for two direct free kicks from Wayne Rooney to forced decent saves out of Sergio Romero.
Here are our player ratings from Derby County 0-3 Manchester United:
Sergio Romero 8 – Made two fine stops from Wayne Rooney free kicks and one from Jack Marriott in open play to keep a clean sheet.
Diogo Dalot 8 – Kept both Tom Lawrence and Morgan Whittaker quiet down the wing whilst showed some comfortable dribbles to bring the ball forward and put a couple of crosses into the box in a good outing from the Portuguese right-back.
Victor Lindelof 7 – Not too much for our centre-backs to do in open play. Victor Lindelof won the couple of aerial duels he had and made an important tackle to deny Martyn Waghorn breaking away down the right wing on the counter-attack in the second half.
Eric Bailly 7 – Did pick up a yellow card for a mistimed tackle but otherwise a comfortable evening and another clean sheet for Eric Bailly.
Luke Shaw 9 – An excellent outing for Luke Shaw, who has been credited with the opening goal. It was a well-taken effort despite deflecting in off teammate Jesse Lingard. The left-back bombed forward time and time again and forced a second half save out of Kelle Roos with a scuffed right-footed effort. Picked up a silly yellow card in the first half for a rash foul on Louie Sibley outside our penalty area.
Scott McTominay 8 – Barely misplaced a pass at Pride Park and made a number of successful tackles to win the ball back for us. Not sure what to make of Scott McTominay looking scared of 18-year-old Louie Sibley when the 18-year-old squared up to him though. Good performance in terms of football though.
Fred 8 – Some nice touches, some nice passes but Fred didn’t have his shooting boots on this evening after scoring a brace last Thursday.
Juan Mata 9 – Looked like the Juan Mata we signed six years ago. Confident on the ball, played some great passes, created a few chances, tested the opposition goalkeeper with a few shots. Although the stats say the Spaniard wasn’t involved in either goal he was a real positive factor in the game.
Bruno Fernandes 7 – Moved the ball nicely, created some chances but couldn’t find the effort with any of his three efforts on goal. There were also some poor passes from Bruno Fernandes against the Championship side but I can’t be too critical of another good performance.
Jesse Lingard 8 – Not sure why Jesse Lingard wasn’t awarded the opening goal but the former Derby County loanee had a good game this evening down the left wing. Was good on the ball but will be disappointed not to test Kelle Roos with his chances.
Odion Ighalo 9 – Lethal in the penalty area with another two goals for Odion Ighalo to silence his critics. Yes, the Nigerian could have done better with his hat-trick opportunity late on but produced two good finishes for his goals and once again got in good positions to be picked out.
Andreas Pereira (25 mins) 6 – Didn’t get too many touches but had two ambitious attempts on goal.
Anthony Martial (19 mins) 5 – Late run out to make sure he’s ready for the derby on Sunday. Anthony Martial got himself a couple of touches but not in positions to get a shot away.
Brandon Williams (12 mins) N/A – Replaced Luke Shaw late on and found sufficient time to pick up a yellow card.