Players that have played for Manchester United and Derby County amid Malcolm Ebiowei links

Manchester United are one of four Premier League clubs who are monitoring young Derby County winger Malcolm Ebiowei, according to The Mail.

Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Newcastle United are the other top-flight sides who join the Red Devils in keeping an eye on the talented prospect.

The 18-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of next month, made 16 appearances for Derby’s first team in the Championship this season, under the the stewardship of Red Devils record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

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The young winger who experienced relegation with the Rams scored once and provided two assists during a difficult campaign for Rooney’s side.

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Players that have played for Manchester United and Derby County

Rooney believes that the teenager has a ‘bright future’ and with the Reds linked with a move for the young starlet, United in Focus takes a look at the players that have played for Manchester United and Derby County.

Wayne Rooney

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It’s only right that we start with the aforementioned Rooney who remains the record scorer for United and England.

After an 18-month spell in the MLS with DC United, Rooney moved back to England after joining the Rams in January 2020.

After a spell in caretaker charge of the Rams, the 36-year-old was appointed the club’s permanent manager in January 2021 and as a result he announced his retirement as a player.

Rooney will be hoping to fire the Pride Park side back up to the Championship at the first time of asking next season.

Paul Parker

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After five years at Manchester United, the England international joined Derby in the summer of 1996 where he spent five months before joining Sheffield United.

Parker, who struggled with injuries, left Old Trafford following his fitness issues and the emergence of Gary Neville at right-back.

Paul McGrath

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The Republic of Ireland centre-back spent seven years at Manchester United following his arrival from St. Patrick’s Athletic before joining Aston Villa following the emergence of the likes of Steve Bruce.

McGrath spent seven years with the Villains before joining Derby where he went on to make 26 appearances. The 83-time Ireland international retired at the age of 38 following a 14-game spell with the Blades.

Danny Higginbotham

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The three-time Gibraltar international moved to Pride Park in 2003 after making seven first team appearances for Manchester United.

The left-footed centre-halve played 98 times for the Rams before moving to Southampton on a permanent deal in February 2003.

Before calling time on his playing career in January 2014, Higginbotham had spells with the likes of Stoke City, Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Altrincham.

David Jones

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The 37-year-old is still playing and is currently plying his trade in the fifth tier for Wrexham who are owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

The midfielder made four first team appearances for the Red Devils, but the academy graduate didn’t make his Premier League debut before joining Derby in 2006.

Jones secured promotion from the Championship to the top-flight with the Rams and he stayed at Pride Park for two seasons before joining Premier League side Wolves.

The former England Under-21 international has also featured in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic and Burnley. He was also part of the Latics FA Cup winning side in 2013.

Roy Carroll

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The 44-year-old is yet to officially retire but he has been without a club since leaving Northern Ireland side Dungannon last summer.

After arriving from Wigan Athletic in July 2001, Carroll went on to make 72 appearances for the Reds across a four-year period.

A big moment in Carroll’s career was his involvement in the “goal that never was” against Tottenham Hotspur in January 2005; a speculative shot from the half-way line by Pedro Mendes that Carroll dropped well behind his goal-line then clawed back into play.

The referee and his linesmen deliberated but were unable to determine whether the ball had gone over the line and the goal was not given.

After moves to West Ham and Rangers, Carroll headed to Derby in January 2008 and he went on to play 38 times for the Rams before moving to Denmark.

Lee Grant

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The 39-year-old announced his retirement from professional football last week and he will link up with former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna, who is the manager of League One side Ipswich Town.

Grant is joining the Tractor Boys as their first team coach.

Grant may have only made two first team appearances for the Red Devils, but he made 186 appearances for Derby across two spells for the club. He also had a season in the Premier League with Stoke City.

Ravel Morrison

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Part of Manchester United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup winning side, Morrison was one of the most talented youngsters to come through the United Academy.

The Jamaican international has struggled to fulfil his burgeoning potential, but he looks settled under Rooney at Pride Park, although his contract does expire at the end of June.

The 29-year-old, who only made three League Cup appearances for United, scored four goals and provided four assists for the Rams this season.

Michael Keane

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Keane made five first team appearances for the Reds, the last of which came in an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to League One side MK Dons in August 2014 under Louis van Gaal.

The season prior the England international spent an eight-game loan spell on loan at Derby before returning to Carrington.

Keane, a £30m signing from Burnley, was part of Frank Lampard’s Everton side that managed to preserve their Premier League status this season.

Tom Lawrence

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In May 2014, Lawrence was given his United debut by interim player-manager Ryan Giggs, starting in a 3–1 home Premier League win against Hull City.

He was substituted in the 70th-minute for Giggs himself in the same game that fellow United debutant James Wilson scored twice.

The start against the Tigers was the Welshman’s solitary appearance for the United first team and after three seasons with Leicester City, Lawrence joined Derby in August 2017.

Lawrence, who was named the Rams’ captain in July 2021, has scored 35 goals from 177 games for Derby, but he’s expected to leave the relegated side this summer with his contract set to expire.

Jesse Lingard

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Having joined Manchester United’s youth academy at the age of seven, Lingard’s 22-year association with the club will come to an end this summer when he leaves as a free agent.

The England international wants first-team football and after finding his best form during a loan spell out at West Ham last season, the attacking midfielder has barely featured for the Reds this campaign.

The 29-year-old had a 15-game loan spell with Derby during the 2014-15 season from which he scored two goals.

Teden Mengi

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The 20-year-old’s loan spell with Birmingham City during the second part of this season was cut short due to injury.

Mengi, who made his Champions League debut against Young Boys in December, was impressing for Lee Bowyer’s side and the athletic 20-year-old will likely head out on loan against next season.

The centre-back made nine appearances for Derby last season after being signed by Rooney on loan.

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