Two-goal Odion Ighalo spear-headed Manchester United's charge into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a convincing 3-0 win at Derby.
The Nigerian striker, on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, struck twice at Pride Park with a goal in each-half after Luke Shaw had fired United into a 33 minute lead.
United's travelling fans gave former Old Trafford star Wayne Rooney, now Derby skipper, a rousing ovation.
But Old Trafford's all-time record scorer couldn't help his Championship side to an upset – although he caused scares with two free kicks which forced fine saves from Sergio Romero.
United now face Premier League strugglers Norwich in the last eight.
1. Wayne Rooney will always be a legend at Manchester United – and his old fans gave him a big reception at Pride Park
For a chunk of his Old Trafford career Rooney was part of United when they were English football's dominant side.
Those days have gone but Rooney's contribution and status as the club's all-time leading scorer with 253 goals during his 13-years at United have guaranteed him a legendary standing.
Like United, Rooney's best days are long gone – but the 34-year-old came mighty close to the game's opening goal with a free kick that brought a super save from Sergio Romero.
He did pick up a yellow card though – for kicking Fred as the Brazilian tried to set up a counter-attack.
2. Luke Shaw has had another topsy-turvy season with fitness issues opening the door for promising teenager Brandon Williams to present a strong case for a regular start…
But Shaw is nothing if not a battler – and how he enjoyed seeing his 33 minute effort loop over Derby keeper Kelle Roos for his first goal of the season to put United ahead.
However, TV showed his shot, banged hard into the ground, flicked off Jesse Lingard and may yet be given to the midfielder.
That would be a cruel blow for the former England full-back who has never scored away from home for United and only has one other goal to his name for the club – against Leicester in August 2018.
Shaw continued to enjoy his night though – setting up United' seconfd for Odion Ighalo.
3. Odion Ighalo will never have the status of any of Manchester United's top strikers – but no-one enjoys playing for them more than the Nigerian
His goals are precious to the African too – and there were more for his scrapbook to add to his goal against Bruges in the Europa League a week ago.
His first won't win any awards for style – but his power and determination enabled him to fend off Derby defenders before firing into the bottom corner.
His second was better – fired into the roof of the net – and that's now three goals in his last two starts – not bad for the on-loan striker who came from the Chinese Super League.
And with Marcus Rashford out for more or less the rest of the season and Ighalo's arrival allowing Anthony Martial able to take a breather in games like this, he's not been a bad piece of business for United so far.
4. Bruno Fernandes has become the player Manchester United can't do without
So there was a sharp in-take of breath and concern for the Portuguese midfielder when he fell heavily going for a header early on.
Fernandes appeared to signal he was hurt but luckily for United ,four days before the Manchester derby, he was only winded.
And he got up, dusted himself down and proceeded to run the game once again for United.
The £47million star looks like he can do it all – break up play, dictate tempo and score goals.
But United fans were glad to see the back of him after 66 minutes when he was substituted for Andreas Pereira – ensuring he'll be fit to face City.
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