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MUFC v. Rams in first non-televised FA Cup tie for 12 year
By Chris
January 5 2018


Third round tie

Shot stopper Sergio Romero will make his sixth Manchester United appearance of the season for the Red Devils, in Friday's FA Cup clash at home to Derby County.

Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini return to the United squad after spells on the sidelines, but Jose Mourinho does have a number of absentee concerns.

Suspension sees Ashley Young miss out, while Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia remain in the treatment room.

Mourinho could be set to give a number of younger, fringe players an outing against Derby, but the United boss must be wary against complacency against the high-flying Rams.

Derby now sit second in the Football League Championship, as they seek a return to England's top flight. They are unbeaten in seven games, and kept five clean sheets on the spin during December.

Joel Pereira, Kieran O'Hara, Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay are among the names hoping for game time in the Old Trafford contest.

Former Manchester United defender, and Welsh international, Tom Lawrence is a doubt for the away side with a hip problem.

The tie is one of a series of exciting FA Cup third round clashes, though the draw - worryingly - lacked any non-league representation whatsoever. The game is not one of the seven ties chosen for UK TV coverage - but the game is broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Xtra and MUTV.

It is the first time a Manchester United FA Cup tie has not been televised in 12 years, bringing a 58-game sequence of broadcast ties to an end. January 2005, when United and Exeter drew 0-0 in Devon, was the previous occasion.