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The Rams are capable of surprising United

Last updated: January 28, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 7:55pm
Venue: The Pride Park Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDWLD
Away form: LWDWW
Last meeting: 1-4
Competition: The FA Cup

Derby County are lying 4th in The Championship and they are just 7 points behind the leaders Hull City. The Rams are playing well this season, but their recent performance is not persuasive enough. They haven’t recorded a victory in 4 consecutive league matches. The Rams’ last victory in The Championship was on 26th December 2015, when they beat Fulham 2-0 and they were lucky, Fulham’s midfielder Hyndman scored an own goal in the 52nd minute of the game.

Manchester United showed a poor performance again when in their last match against Southampton they lost 0-1 at Old Trafford. The fans are really disappointed with the weakness in the Red Devils’ attack. Charlie Austin showed United’s strikers how they should finish an attack. The new Southampton signing scored with an excellent header late in the game and secured the 3 points for The Saints.

The Rams struggled against Hartlepool in the third round away from home, but eventually won the game 2-1. Gray scored with a great volley for Hartlepool in the 61st minute, but Derby’s players managed to turn things around. Butterfield (67’) and Darren Bent (85’) sent The Rams into the next round of the tournament.


Team News

Ashley Young is suffering from a pelvis injury. The midfielder is going to miss the next several matches for Manchester United.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw for The Red Devils are still injured and they won’t take part in the game.

Derby County signed Angers’ midfielder Abdoul Camara, one of the key players for his ex club. The Rams also bought Nick Blackman from Reading.

Scottish international forward Chris Martin is Derby’s top goal-scorer in The Championship this season. The striker has found the net on 9 occasions in 26 games.


Expected line-ups:

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Derby County (4-2-3-1): Carson, Warnock, Keogh, Shackell, Christie, Thorne, Butterfield, Ince, Weimann, Blackman, Martin.
Subs Shotton, Bent, Russell, Johnson, Grant, Baird, Camara.
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Man United (4-4-2): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Mata, Memphis, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, McNair, Varela, Herrera, Martial, Lingard.
Injured: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Powell, Young.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

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Derby County this season Manchester United this season
Paul Clement Head coach Louis van Gaal
The Championship Division The Premier League
4 League Position 5
2-1 vs. Hartlepool (away) 3rd round result 1-0 vs. Sheffield United (home)
Winners (1) Biggest success in The FA Cup Winners (11)
1/8 final (5th round) Last campaign in The FA Cup Quarter final (6th round)
Butterfield, Bent (1) Top scorers in The FA Cup Rooney (1)
Camara (1) Assist leader in The FA Cup
  • The stats between these two teams at The Pride Park Stadium are totally equal. Derby have won 13 games, so have Manchester United. The number of draws is 16.
  • The last match between Derby and Man United was again in The FA Cup. The Rams lost 1-4 to The Red Devils in 2009.
  • Derby County last won against Manchester United on 7th January 2009. The Rams achieved a 1-0 victory and the only goal was scored by Commons.
  • Van Gaal won’t underestimate Derby County. The United manager will surely field his best against The Championship side.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
15/02/09 The FA Cup Derby County 1-4 Man United Nani 29′
20/01/09 The Capital One Cup Man United 4-2 Derby County Nani 16′
07/01/09 The Capital One Cup Derby County 1-0 Man United K. Commons 30′
15/03/08 The Premier League Derby County 0-1 Man United Cristiano Ronaldo 76′
08/12/07 The Premier League Man United 4-1 Derby County R. Giggs 40′