It was Manchester United’s night as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men continued the positive run of games to 9 unbeaten in all competitions with a decisive 3-0 victory against Derby County in the FA Cup.
Luke Shaw opened the scoring in what may yet be a goal awarded to Jesse Lingard by virtue of a back-deflection on the way in while Odion Ighalo scored in each half to construct the positive scoreline.
The game also marks United’s strong stance in the FA Cup, a title that Solskjaer now seems adamant on lifting.
In the buildup to this rather low-key game which has been overshadowed by the looming Manchester derby on Sunday, it was the presence of one familiar name that gave the game color.
Wayne Rooney being a part of Derby County and playing against Manchester United was a sight to behold and the away fans, in particular, relished it a lot.
In fact, their chant during the game says it all: “We’ll be on the pitch, if Rooneyyy scores.”
This was during the added minutes towards the end of the game when Rooney was put in front of a free-kick in a promising position.
Sergio Romero doesn’t allow goals in, it doesn’t matter if Wayne Rooney is about to score and every single United fan wants it to go in. Elite mentality. My keeper.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) March 5, 2020
Sure enough, the Englishman could have done what he does best and scored from the spot, if not for Sergio Romero’s brilliant save. In fact, the cheeky smile on Rooney’s face after the save said it all.
Needless to say, there had to have been several United supporters in the stadium who would have sighed to see their legend miss the goal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was likewise impressed with Wazza, stating after the game: “Everyone loves Wayne [Rooney], all the supporters at United appreciate what he did. He played well. He shows class and sometimes he has too much time on the ball for my liking.”