Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Derby County will take place on Thursday 5th March, just three days before the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
The tie holds significance as United’s top goalscorer of all time Wayne Rooney will feature for the opposition.
Rooney, now a player-coach at Derby, will be hoping the Championship side can get the better of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at Pride Park.
United have notoriously struggled against the lesser sides and we expect a tough cup tie against a riled up Derby side next month.
Derby currently sit 13th in the Championship, 10 points from the playoff places.
It will be the third Thursday night fixture the Reds will play in a row after the Europa League knockout tie against Club Brugge.
And it’s hardly ideal preparation for a Manchester derby less than 72 hours later when Solskjaer will be looking to get one over Pep Guardiola’s side for the third time this season.
BT Sport will host live action of United’s fifth round tie.
🚨 FA Cup fifth round picks! 🚨
📆 Monday 2nd March
💙 Portsmouth vs Arsenal 🔴
📆 Thursday 5th March
🐏 Derby vs Man Utd 👹
Watch both games live on BT Sport 👊 pic.twitter.com/iQbGutiGRv
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 6, 2020