Twitter Reacts as Manchester United Defeat Derby County in the FA Cup

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Twitter Reacts as Manchester United Defeat Derby County in the FA Cup
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Wayne Rooney paid a visit to Derby County on Friday evening looking to ease some of the pressure on under-fire manager Louis van Gaal. 

In the week since the Red Devils' demoralising loss to Southampton at Old Trafford, speculation has been rife that Van Gaal offered his resignation in the aftermath, a claim he slammed, per ESPN FC's Richard Jolly

Friday offered a chance to get back to the actual football, with Manchester United looking to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Things got off to a good enough start for the visitors, with Wayne Rooney hitting home a beautifully curled shot to give his team an early lead.

For all of the criticism heaped on the Englishman this season, it was his sixth goal in six games. 

A return to form?: 

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With the Red Devils fully in charge of the game and threatening to stretch the lead, Derby County sneaked in and found an equaliser against the run of play: 

The assist in the buildup to George Thorne's goal was quite good:  

Manchester United's defence and goalkeeper David De Gea also fell under criticism for the goal: 

United's attack clicked into gear in the second half, as goals from Daley Blind and Juan Mata spelled relief for the visitors, not only to see away their Championship-level competition but also for a few hints of real-life attacking football.

That's something that's been rarely seen under Van Gaal this season: 

For a day, at least, the criticism will be off Louis van Gaal and his much-publicised "philosophy:" 


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