Virgil van Dijk scored a late winner for Liverpool to see them past Everton and into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-1 win.
At a raucous Anfield containing 8,000 away fans, the Reds dominated possession early on – with Wayne Rooney earning himself a yellow card for a challenge on Joe Gomez in the first half.
Everton will have been pleased with their start but their good work was undone when Mason Holgate was adjudged to have held Adam Lallana, with James Milner making no mistake from the spot.
- Third Round Proper
- Liverpool 2-1 Everton
- Manchester United 2-0 Derby County
- Friday 5 January 2018
- By Richard Dore
But it wasn’t to be the Toffees’ night, despite Yannick Bolasie’s efforts, as Liverpool pushed for the winner and got their reward in the 84th minute when van Dijk headed home a corner to cap off a dream debut.
Meanwhile, further down the M62, Derby gave a spirited display at Old Trafford but were undone in the second half thanks to goals from the in-form Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku.
Manchester United were dominant early on, with chances for Lingard, the lively Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, but Derby counter-attacked well and had chances of their own through Marcus Olsson and Sam Winnall.
Scott Carson did brilliantly to palm away a Juan Mata free-kick and Rashford should have done better with a header glanced against the post from just four yards out.
Carson repeated his heroics before half-time with another cracking save from Pogba’s free-kick, but after the break Jose Mourinho’s men poured forwards as they searched for the opener.
Rashford hit the woodwork again from an acute angle and Pobga wasted an open-goal opportunity before Lingard finally made the difference on 84 minutes – volleying in from the edge of the area.
And the game was wrapped up on 90 minutes as Lukaku put the seal on a breakaway move, firing past the unfortunate Carson to secure the 2-0 win.