And with that, I’ll be off. Thanks for being here, and sorry for that second-hand outage. Here’s the match report again. Bye!
Philip Cocu has a post-match debrief. He praises Wayne Rooney’s performance, saying the player’s “vision and his handling and his passing skill is just a pleasure to watch”. Also:
I was a difficult game. We tried to play football against them but you saw the difference in quality. Especially individually – speed of handling, awareness, the passing speed. But I think some periods in the game we played good football, created chances, especially early in the game and the first 25 minutes of the second half. Get a goal in the second half, 1-2, maybe something’s possible, but at 3-0 of course it was over.
It might sound strange after a 3-0 defeat but I’m still happy with the performance. With a lot of young players, a great experience for them. It was a good experience, and a deserved win for Manchester United. It’s a disappointment we couldn’t get the surprise we all tried to pull off.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a chat. He says Rooney “sometimes had too much time on the ball for my liking”, and that Harry Maguire should be fit for the weekend. Also:
There were some scary moments there, especially early on I don’t think we played particularly well. Beginning of the second half I thought they put some pressure on us, but a nice goal from Odion and a fantastic save from Wayne’s free kick.
Odion’s coming in, and it’s great for us to have him to call upon. He’s a different type of striker, and he scores … The first one, the ball’s beneath him and not many strikers could dig that out.
Here’s a match report from Jamie Jackson, our man on the scene:
Luke Shaw has a chat. He insists the opening goal is his: “There’s no way Jesse’s claiming that,” he says.
The first 15-20 minutes was very tough. We didn’t start as good as we can, then we got the goal and I think we were still under pressure at times but we came through it.
I think we’re in a very confident period at the moment, with results but also we’re scoring goals and also keeping it shut at the back. We’re very confident. It’s a massive game for us on Sunday and we’re all looking forward to it.
An impressively humdrum win for United, that, navigating a potential banana skin in largely drama-free style.
Final score: Derby 0-3 Manchester United
90 4 mins: And that’s it! United are in the quarter-finals!
90 2 mins: apologies for the lengthy update outage. Anyway, the match is all but over. Brandon Williams sneaks in a late booking.
89 min: Free-kick to Derby on the edge of the box, although it might be a little wide to take a shot. Rooney is over it … WHAT A SAVE FROM ROMERO! Rooney shot was flying into the top bin, but Romero got across and just about tipped it over the bar.
86 min: Perhaps a little surprising to see Rooney complete the full 90 minutes here. Not only would the substitution allow United fans to give him a proper round of applause, but you would think Cocu would want to keep him talisman fresh and injury free for the weekend. Derby travel to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
85 mins: Simon has been having technical difficulties, so we will see you through the rest of the match. There have been no more goals, although Rooney has just sent a left-foot shot sailing over the bar. Both sets of fans chant his name.
GOAL! Derby County 0-3 Manchester United (Ighalo, 70 mins)
And that should seal it! Ighalo plays the ball to Mata on the right, runs onto the Spaniard’s pull-back and hits a shot into Bogle. It bounces back to him, and this time he crashes it into the roof of the net!
69 mins: Derby’s post-interval resurgence seems to have faded. Pereira has a shot for United now, but it goes well over the bar.
67 mins: Derby make their second change, replacing Waghorn with Jack Marriott.
67 mins: United take off Bruno Fernandes, and bring on Andreas Pereira.
66 mins: Some nice approach play from United, but it ends with Mata shooting poorly when he probably should have chipped the ball across to Ighalo at the far post.
64 mins: Now Bailly challenges Sibley, but turns up just an instant after the ball had departed, gets nothing but man and is booked.
61 mins: Lingard’s long pass towards Fernandes is cut out by Roos, who heads clear and runs into Forsyth. The ball drops to Mata, whose 40-yard chip is collected by the back-pedalling keeper.
61 mins: Then McTominay runs into Sibley. The Scot needs to calm down sharpish.
60 mins: McTominay tackles Sibley cleanly, leaves his foot in a bit longer than he needed to, and the pair have words again.
56 mins: Then a matter of seconds later, McTominay shoots wide from 20 yards. The scent of goals hangs in the Derby air.
56 mins: Save! Shaw gets into the Derby area, cuts inside onto his right foot, and then scuffs a poor shot at Roos, who would have been in serious trouble had he got any power or accuracy.
54 mins: Bogle, whose rampages down the right have been a feature of these opening minutes of the second half, is found in space again. But United close him down, and force Derby to turn backwards and pass the ball back to their defence.
53 mins: Turns out McTominay is completely and absolutely fine. I think Sibley’s boot only came very close to his face, rather than making contact, as the pair came down. The United player thinks this was deliberate, but replays are inconclusive.
52 mins: McTominay and Sibley fall over each other, and though the Derby player gets up, McTominay starts rolling around clutching his face.
50 mins: So close for Derby! Rooney’s excellent pass finds Bogle on the right, whose cross is even more excellent, and Waghorn glances a header just wide of the far post!
47 mins: Bird’s 30-yarder deflects off Lindelof, but close enough to Romero for the goalkeeper to adjust and collect.
46 mins: Peeeeeep! United get the ball rolling in half two.
Right then, the players are back out. Can Derby find a way back into this? Time to find out.
Half time: Derby County 0-2 Manchester United
45 4 mins: That’s it, for now! United have had 65% of possession, 75% of the shots and 100% of the goals. Both were a bit lucky, but overall they deservedly lead against a Derby side that has never significantly threatened Sergio Romero’s goal.
45 2 mins: Derby attack! It’s been a while, but Knight gets down the left and crosses, Waghorn shoots, and there the good news ends. It hits Lindelof, rebounds to Waghorn, comes off his head, is controlled by Fred with the clear use of his hand, and then Rooney is booked for stopping United’s counter-attack.
45 1 mins: Into stoppage time, of which there’ll be about three minutes.
44 mins: Lawrence has failed to run off his injury, and Morgan Whittaker replaces him.
GOAL! Derby County 0-1 Manchester United (Ighalo, 41 mins)
Another! United’s second is also a little fortunate. Shaw picks out a fine pass to Ighalo, and though Forsyth tackles him the ball bounces back off Lowe and nicely into the Nigerian’s path, and this time he sidefoots it into the corner from six yards!