Wayne Rooney was overshadowed by Odion Ighalo as Manchester United ensured an all-Premier League Emirates FA Cup quarter-final line-up with a cushty win at derby County.
Rooney – United’s uncomparable leading goalscorer – had his name chanted throughout by the thousands of away fans and came close with 2 fine free-kicks.
But from the instant left-back Luke Shaw’s deflected opener flew within the Premier League side were ready to cruise into the last eight.
January signing Ighalo once more showed why his surprise acquisition might nevertheless prove to be shrewd business with 2 good finishes to book a tie with Norwich at Carrow Road later this month. He currently has 3 goals from just 2 starts.
United have won the fa Cup twelve times – one behind Arsenal’s record haul – whereas derby have currently played in six fifth-round ties since 1999 and didn’t reach the quarter-finals on every occasion.
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