With the FA Cup their only chance to lift a piece of domestic silverware this year, Manchester United will look to book their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Cup when they make the trip to Pride Park on Thursday night.
While they may have only managed to snatch a 1-1 draw away at Everton over the weekend after a David de Gea howler, the former Premier League champions are enjoying arguably their brightest spell of the season having marched on an eight-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
On the flip side, after grabbing what was a much-needed 3-1 win away at a struggling Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend, Derby brought an end to their four-match winless run.
Still dreaming of mounting a stunning late play-off charge after a woeful start to the season, Thursday’s hosts should be boosted by their famous last meeting against the Premier League oufit.
When Derby made the trip to Old Trafford in last year’s Carabao Cup, the Rams picked up a dramatic penalties victory and you might be interested to know that another shock win for the hosts can be found priced as high as 11/2 with Ladbrokes.
Rooney reunited with the Reds
Although a worrying end to February may have seen Derby’s fading play-off charge take another dent, Phillip Cocu’s side picked up a deserved 3-1 win away at Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend and have continued to save their best performances for Pride Park.
Despite playing out back-to-back 1-1 draws against Fulham and Huddersfield, the Rams have not lost a matchup in front of their own supporters since opening the New Year.
If Derby are to secure what would be another famous victory against the Premier League outfit on Thursday night, then the former PSV boss could be calling on marquee January arrival and former United skipper Wayne Rooney to lead their charge in midweek.
Really making his mark at Pride Park since returning from his stint out in America, the 34-year-old has cemented his spot as a fan favourite and should play a crucial role for the Rams.
You might be interested to know that Rooney has found the net in three of his last four matches on home soil and the former Reds icon can be found priced at 21/10 with 888sport to score what would be a fitting FA Cup strike.
Bruno Fernandes – United’s saviour?
Although David de Gea’s latest mistake may have played a vital part in Manchester United only grabbing a point at Goodison Park over the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to praise his side’s display on the road.
Enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run that stems back to the 22nd of January, the Reds also managed to book their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s Europa League last week.
Still looking to secure what would be a very eye-catching top-four finish in the Premier League, there is no doubt that fans around Old Trafford will be most excited by Bruno Fernandes’ immediate impact following his January switch from Sporting Lisbon.
Once again finding the net away at Everton over the weekend, the Portuguese international has now recorded a goal in his last three Manchester United appearances on the bounce.
Breathing new life into the Reds’ campaign, you might be interested that the 25-year-old playmaker can be found priced at 7/5 with William Hill to extend on his recent purple patch at Pride Park in midweek.
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