The football community in England is preparing to the match between one of the Premier League top Manchester United and a middle team from Championship Derby County in terms of FA Cup. This game is essentail for Wayne Rooney – the former Man United captain and current Derby coach and captain. Is Rooney still so strong to defeat a strong rival? – Read our prediction.

At what time will Derby County and Manchester United play?
The game time is March 5, 2020, 19:45 GMT

Where the match will be shown?
BT Sport

What are the teams’ positions in the standings?
Derby County takes the 13th position in Championship and Manchester United is the 5th in Premier League

How many wins, draws and losses do the teams have?
Derby has 12 wins, 12 draws and 12 losses in Championship. Manchester United has 11 wins, 9 draws and 8 losses in Premier League

Derby County

Derby represents the Championship, where they are on the 13th position, gaining 48 points. There are no real chances to compete for a ticket to the Premier League.

In the league, the team shows different results. In the last three rounds there was everything – a draw with Fulham (1:1), a defeat from the QPR (1:2) and a victory over Sheffield away – 3:1.

The Cup is a completely different story. Here the Rams have already passed four rounds. Formerly they managed to cope with Chippenham Town (3:0), Notts County (3:1) and Burton Albion (4:2).

In the fourth round, there was first a zero draw with the Northampton Town. In the home match, the opponent was defeated – 4:2. Moreover, the last goal was scored with a penalty by playing coach and team captain Wayne Rooney.

It was the return of 34-year-old Rooney that attracted the attention of fans to Derby, and the meeting of the striker with Manchester United, whose legend he once became, gives the upcoming confrontation a special subtext. We predict that the English legend will have a significant motivation to defeat his native team, although Derby are nor as strong as MU.

Possible starting lineup: Roos, Malone, Davies, Wisdom, Bogle, Shinnie, Bird, Lawrence, Rooney, Knight, Martin.

Formation: 4-3-3

Manchester United

Manchester United began their appearances in the FA Cup from the 3rd round, away with a draw against Wolverhampton – 0-0.

Then Solskjaer’s wards at home lost no chance in the Manchester derby with City (1:3) in the Premier League, after they won back at Norwich, defeating the Canaries at Old Trafford with a score 4:0.

In the replay with the Wolves, the Mankunians got a difficult home victory with a score of 1:0, after they lost in the Premier League away matches first to Liverpool (0:2), and then to Burnley (0:2).

In the fourth round, the Mancunians away destroyed Tranmere Rovers – 6-0.

Before the fifth round, Manchester United managed to easily get rid of Brugge in 1/16 of the Europa League (1:1, 5:0), as well as in the last round of the Premier League to draw with Everton (1:1). In the Premier League, the Solskjaer team is fifth and behind Chelsea by three points.

Possible starting lineup: De Gea, Williams, Maguire, Bailly, Dalot, McTominay, Pereira, Chong, Lingard, Mata, Ighalo.

Formation: 4-3-3

Betting Tips Statistic

  • Manchester United had two draws in the last 5 games.
  • Derby had two draws in the last 5 games.
  • The result of the last head to head fights was a draw.
  • Derby had 12 draws in the Championship current season.

Derby County vs Manchester United Prediction

Of course, Manchester United looks like a frank favorite of the pair. The Mankunians have a powerful squad, although they have problems in the Premier League: getting into the top 4 at the end of the season will be considered a success. Probably, Solskjaer will try the reserve squad in this match, hencr, the defending Derby will have chances in a duel.

  • Our prediction: total will go Under 2.5.

Predictions and Tips

  • MoneyLine Pick: Draw
  • Over Under Pick: The Total Will Go Under 2.5 goals
  • Both teams to score: Yes
  • Computer Predicted Score: 1:1