Nine United players with potential revenge over Derby on their minds

Manchester United visit Derby this week looking to avoid a repeat of the last time the two teams met.

Jose Mourinho’s United were beaten at Old Trafford in September 2018, by a Derby side managed by Frank Lampard and inspired by loanee Harry Wilson.

This time it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge of United and Philippe Cocu managing Derby with Wayne Rooney as his star man.

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What happened last time?

It couldn’t have begun better, with Juan Mata scoring after just three minutes. But then United let Derby back into the game.

Mourinho told BBC Sport: “We had good situations to kill it. We need to go and kill the game and we didn’t.”

Harry Wilson scored a free-kick, before Jack Marriott put the Rams ahead with five minutes to go.

United had been reduced to 10 men with Sergio Romero sent off midway through the second half and replaced with Lee Grant.

Marouane Fellaini scored an injury time equaliser, forcing penalties, where Derby triumphed 8-7 with Phil Jones predictably missing the decisive spot kick.

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Who is still here?

Just three starters from that day have been moved on. Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera failed to make a positive impact on the game.

There are eight starters plus one substitute from the match who are eligible to play this week who will have revenge on their minds.

These are Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, plus substitute Fred.

All of these players are potential starters, even Phil Jones, as United look to rotate the team.

At a guess, Matic, Martial and Fred may be rested and begin the game on the bench. Jones too is mercifully an unlikely starter.

Romero, Bailly, Dalot, Lingard and Mata all have strong cases to start. However, it’s possible Bailly is saved for the derby at the weekend.

The Argentine goalkeeper should be particularly keen to make amends after his sending off last time, which saw United play most of the second half plus extra time with 10 men.

Whoever does play, who featured at Old Trafford back in September 2018, will be out to erase an unhappy memory.

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