‘I never wanna see Rashford start’ Manchester United fans frustrated with forward despite win over Derby County

A stunning late goal by Jesse Lingard coupled with a comeback goal from Romelu Lukaku gave Manchester United their ticket to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Derby County 2-0 in the 3rd round of the competition.

A game which might have turned out to be a late-late drama was turned over its head just by the introduction of Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial. With the former being named on the bench, Mourinho decided to deploy Marcus Rashford as the lone striker, while the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata were swapping the wings on occasions. In the midst, in-form midfielder Jesse Lingard was deployed.

Quite obviously, it was Manchester United who began dominating the fixture right from the first whistle and despite creating a host of chances, the final delivery was missing. Early in the first half, Marcus Rashford came close to scoring when Henrikh Mkhitaryan delivered a perfect cross. But the Englishman’s header, right from a point-blank range, hit the frame and United were denied their opener.

The young striker again came close to scoring, in the second half, but his firey venom, yet again, hit the post and the United faithful were left red-faced. As the game approached the final 10 minutes, United picked up the pace and out of nowhere, Jesse Lingard found the net with a lovely finish from almost 20-yards out.

Six minutes into the game, United doubled their advantage with a perfect counter. Paul Pogba cleared the ball from United’s penalty area and capitalising on this, the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial combined well before the former slotted home a brilliant finish.

“I was feeling that we were close to scoring and we never stopped trying. But when you get past 80 minutes and the goal hasn’t come, you fear the second match. But the team kept trying so I knew the goal could arrive,” Mourinho was quoted by BBC after the game.

“It was a great shot by Jesse Lingard in the top corner, he’s in a moment of confidence where things go well for him. He’s a good professional and a fantastic kid in the dressing room.”

Having said that, this is how Twitter reacted to the win: