Man Utd leave it late to beat Derby

Jonathan Hernandez
January 6, 2018

When you look at the name Jesse Lingard on the Manchester United roster, next to guys like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, he's just an afterthought. A sentence that might have seemed silly to say a year or two ago.

The visitors had a rare chance three minutes before the break as Marcus Olsson fired a shot from just outside the box following a corner but it sailed over the bar and the half ended goalless.

With BBC choosing to overlook Manchester United's FA Cup third round tie with Derby County in favour of showing the Merseyside Derby, few were really surprised.

Derby finds itself in good position to secure promotion to the Premier League, as the Rams sit second in the Championship with 49 points.

After Lingard's goal, Lukaku added a second to make absolutely sure of the win.

Lingard effectively won it for United in the 84th minute, however, when the Englishman netted his eighth goal in his last 10 appearances - finding the top corner from distance - to break Derby's hearts in the latter stages.

On the other hand, the Rams are now unbeaten in their last seven matches and are second in the Championship with a fine shot of getting a chance to coming back to the Premier League.

Ander Herrera was the next Manchester United player to come close six minutes later but the Spaniard failed to hit target from a set piece from Rashford.

The Red Devils hit the woodwork again minutes later from Romelu Lukaku's header, but a goal wouldn't have counted anyway as the big Belgian was ruled offside.

Lukaku, who showed no ill-effects following his return from a head injury, then doubled the home side's lead in the final moments when he converted after smart work from fellow substitute Anthony Martial.

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