Friday, April 19, 2024

Ighalo double sends Man Utd through to FA Cup quarter-finals

Wayne Rooney was overshadowed by Odion Ighalo as Manchester United ensured an all-Premier League FA Cup quarter-final line-up with a comfortable win at Derby County.

Rooney – United’s all-time leading goalscorer – had his name chanted throughout by the thousands of away fans and came close with two fine free-kicks.

But from the moment left-back Luke Shaw’s deflected opener flew in the Premier League side were able to cruise into the last eight.

January signing Ighalo again showed why his surprise acquisition may yet prove to be shrewd business with two smart finishes to book a tie with Norwich at Carrow Road later this month. He now has three goals from just two starts.

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United have won the FA Cup 12 times – one behind Arsenal’s record haul – while Derby have now played in six fifth-round ties since 1999 and failed to reach the quarter-finals on each occasion.

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