Wayne Rooney goes up against his former side on Thursday evening as Derby County host Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Of course, all of the headlines have been surrounding the former Red Devils hero as he prepares to go up against the side that he represented for 13 years. In 559 appearances for the club, he scored a fantastic 253 goals before departing for Everton. He now prepares to face his former employers for the first time since he left the country to join MLS outfit DC United.
Despite both Manchester United and Derby County having not been in the same division since 2008, they have met on numerous occasions in cup competitions. It was the Championship side that actually tasted success the last time the two came together at Old Trafford. An early goal from Juan Mata put the Red Devils in charge before current Bournemouth wideman Harry Wilson equalised with a terrific free-kick. Sergio Romero was given a straight red card, with Jack Marriott scoring late on. Marouane Fellaini though struck a dramatic late equaliser but the Rams were not to be denied as they earned victory via a penalty shootout.
Phillip Cocu’s troops currently sit at odds of 6/1 with William Hill to earn another almighty shock and win, whilst Manchester United are at 47/100 to run out victors. Despite the fifth-round ties not set to go to replays, the match to end level after 90 minutes is at 16/5.
In four of those previous six cup clashes between the two, both sides have found the back of the net. It might be unlikely for that to occur this time though considering that Manchester United have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games in all competitions. Both teams to not score sits at 1/1 with Betfair.
Since arriving in the East-Midlands, Rooney has had quite the impact, netting four goals in 14 appearances in all competitions. An FA Cup winner with Manchester United, the 34-year-old is available at a price of 8/1 with Paddy Power to score the opening goal of the game against his former club. Meanwhile, another player to have had a positive impact with his new side is Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder is at 4/1 to score the first goal of the match.
It is certainly a positive thing that the former Sporting man is available considering the worries that Solskjaer currently has in attacking positions. Marcus Rashford is still out, whilst Daniel James is a doubt. Elsewhere, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Paul Pogba, Lee Grant and Axel Tuanzebe are all still out. Regarding Derby, Krystian Bielik and Duane Holmes are restricted to the sidelines for the match.