FA Cup: Manchester United, Liverpool qualify for 4th round

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FA Cup: Manchester United, Liverpool qualify for 4th round
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06 January, 2018

Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after late goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard saw off Championship side Derby County.

United also got good news regarding Romelu Lukaku, as the Belgian worldwide will be fit and available to play after suffering a scary blow to the head against Southampton on December 30.

Derby boss Gary Rowett had chosen to leave leading scorer Matej Vydra on the bench, while handing a rest to key defenders Curtis Davies and Chris Baird. They're two clear of Cardiff City and Britsol City for third place and seven clear of seventh-place Sheffield United.

Rashford's finishing let the hosts' approach play down, though, when the striker skied over the bar after being played through.

Marcus Rashford was the guiltiest party in the first half with a poor point-blank header that he tamely nodded against the post.

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Lukaku, who returned from a head injury and came on as a halftime substitute for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, broke away and powered his shot past goalkeeper Scott Carson at the death as Derby threw men forward in search of an equalizer. The 32-year-old stopper had previously denied a Juan Mata free-kick and was having a fine, but busy half.

Anthony Martial combined well with Lukaku on the counter in stoppage time to ensure of the victory and make it two games, two wins and two clean sheets to kick-off 2018.

He even ludicrously took a swipe at club legend Paul Scholes for his criticism of Paul Pogba. The Czech Republic global was soon in the thick of it, getting off a shot in the box after being teed up by Andreas Weimann. They were close to a replay - but they didn't need it. BBC Sport's Simon Stone described the decisive moment.

Rashford hit the left side of post with a right-footed shot in the 70th minute from the right side of the box after neatly inter-changing passes with Lingard.

Carson then made a flying save to keep out a Pogba free kick in the final stages of the first period, which finished goalless.

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