Well, well, it had to happen. Manchester United will go up against their own all-time leading goalscorer on Thursday, as they travel to face Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round. Rooney has made a solid start to life at the second-tier club, netting four goals in all competitions since his move from DC United in January. He’d surely love another here.
Derby are having a difficult season on the whole, and sit down in the bottom half of the Championship table. Philip Cocu’s men have struggled for consistency, though the FA Cup could offer them a chance to relax away from the frustrations of the league. The Rams will be without Tom Huddlestone, Duane Holmes and Krystian Bielik; United will have to do without Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lee Grant, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are unlikely to feature.
FA Cup schedule
It’s a bog-standard 19:45 local kickoff time. That translates to 14:45 on the east coast of the states, and 11:45 on the west.
FA Cup channel
Tune in to BT Sport 1 if you’re in the UK. There is no TV coverage for those in the States, but Canadians can catch the action on Sportsnet World. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
FA Cup streaming
BT Sport Live for those in the UK. ESPN+ (affiliate link) will do the job for those in the States. If you’re in Canada, you can stream the game on Sportsnet World Now.
Prediction: Sergio Romero; Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams; Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay; Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Tahith Chong; Odion Ighalo.
Update: Maguire has picked up a knock.
The boss has made 6️⃣ changes from Sunday's game at Goodison Park #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 5, 2020
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