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

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJanuary 29, 2016

DERBY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match between Derby County and Manchester United at iPro Stadium on January 29, 2016 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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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?: 

That was so 2010 Rooney.

— Tatiana MUFC (@TatianaMUFC) January 29, 2016 

3 - Wayne Rooney has now scored in as many away games in 2016 as he did in 2015 (3). Improvement.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2016 

Love that Wazza!!

— Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 29, 2016 

Wayne Rooney’s last six games:


— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 29, 2016

DERBY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Jacob Butterfield of Derby County (R) looks dejected as Wayne Rooney of Manchester United (10) celebrates with team mates as he scores ther first goal during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match between Derby County and Man
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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: 

37' - Derby 1 United 1. Out of nowhere, the home side grab an equaliser as George Thorne pokes past De Gea. #mufc

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 29, 2016 

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


— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) January 29, 2016 

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

De Gea, could he have done better?

— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) January 29, 2016 

United looked incredibly comfortable after Rooney gave them the lead but Derby level with first attack.

— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 29, 2016 

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: 

2-1 United! Daley Blind with a great strike! #MUFC

— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 29, 2016 

Real sense of adventure from Blind to carry on his run into the box.

— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) January 29, 2016  

It's a good job Daley Blind has salon quality hair.

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 29, 2016 

Entertaining, attacking football, Louis van Gaal? (Vine via @ManUtdUniverse)

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 29, 2016 

Juan Mata: Has scored his first goal since November (vs West Brom), ending a goalless run of 14 matches for Man Utd #DCFCvMUFC

— (@WhoScored) January 29, 2016 

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

When you're the first team into the next round of the FA Cup...

— (@JOE_co_uk) January 29, 2016