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Ighalo Double Powers United Past Rooney’s Derby Into FA Cup Quarters

Manchester United’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (25) scores his crew’s third objective throughout the English FA Cup fifth spherical soccer match between Derby County and Manchester United on March 5, 2020. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Odion Ighalo ruined Wayne Rooney’s hopes of main Derby to an FA Cup upset towards Manchester United because the Nigeria striker’s double sealed a Three-Zero win within the fifth spherical on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet have been all the time in management at Delight Park and Luke Shaw opened the scoring earlier than Ighalo took over to sprint Rooney’s bid to knock out his former membership.

United will journey to Premier League strugglers Norwich of their sixth successive quarter-final look in a contest they’ve gained 12 occasions.

Ighalo has solely been at United for just a few weeks after arriving from China, however his second and third targets for the membership stole the highlight from Outdated Trafford icon Rooney.

Rooney left United in 2017 after 13 glittering years together with 5 Premier League titles, Champions League glory and a membership document 253 targets.

The 34-year-old had spells at Everton and DC United earlier than becoming a member of second-tier Derby in a player-coach function alongside boss Phillip Cocu in January.

It was the primary time Rooney had confronted United since taking part in for Everton in January 2018 and he stays with out a objective in seven appearances towards them.

Eighteen years after he burst onto the scene as a young person with a superb objective for Everton towards Arsenal, Rooney stays certainly one of English soccer’s most fascinating figures and he was the centre of consideration as followers from each groups chanted his title earlier than kick-off.

However, not the bubbling menace who terrorised defenders along with his energy and poise, Rooney is taking part in in a deep-lying function nowadays and he couldn’t fairly roll again the years within the face of a composed United show.

It was a Derby participant 16 years youthful than Rooney who virtually gave the hosts a shock lead when Louis Sibley fired simply large from long-range.

Rooney went even nearer with a curling free-kick that compelled Sergio Romeo to make a sprawling save at his close to publish.

There are six adjustments for United as Romero began in objective for David De Gea after his howler within the draw at Everton final weekend, whereas Harry Maguire was dominated out with an ankle harm.

Bruno Fernandes, the brand new idol for United followers, was within the crew and the Portugal midfielder was beginning to pull the strings.

United appeared extra harmful as soon as Fernandes heated up and Derby keeper Kelle Roos made an excellent save to repel Ighalo’s shot from simply six yards.

United’s strain paid off with a lucky opener within the 33rd minute.

Fernandes’ shot was deflected excessive into the air and Shaw met it with a half-volley from the sting of the world, the ball taking a depraved bounce off Jesse Lingard and looping over Roos into the web.

Shaw turned supplier as United doubled their lead eight minutes later.

Advancing with intent in the direction of the Derby space, the left-back squeezed a go into Ighalo, who turned away from two defenders earlier than poking his shot previous Roos from six yards.

Rooney was unable to stem the tide and his response was a annoyed foul on Scott McTominay that earned him a reserving.

Selecting a extra palatable strategy to main the Derby fightback early within the second half, Rooney unfurled a luxurious go to Jayden Bogle, whose cross was headed simply large by Martyn Waghorn.

Ighalo ended any hopes of a Rooney-inspired revival within the 70th minute.

Juan Mata picked out Ighalo within the space and when the 30-year-old’s preliminary shot was blocked, he stored his composure to information the rebound into the web.

In what would have been an emotional finale for Rooney, his free-kick virtually crept in till Romero made a superb tip-over.

AFP

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