Manchester United will be expecting nothing less than a victory in their FA Cup clash with Derby County at Pride Park Stadium on Friday.
The pressure remains on United manager Louis van Gaal following their 1-0 loss to Southampton last weekend, and the Dutchman will be anxious not to fuel the fire with another negative result. Prior to that loss to the Saints, United went four games unbeaten, but even the positive results in recent weeks have done little to increase confidence in the under-fire manager.
Derby will enter the game low on confidence after suffering two heavy defeats in the Championship. A 3-0 thumping at home to Birmingham City was followed by a 4-1 defeat away to Burnley on Monday, and such a leaky defence will encourage United's misfiring frontline. The Rams last faced the Red Devils in this competition back in 2009, when they were easily beaten 4-1.
United still have a number of injury problems to contend with and will be without Ashley Young (groin/pelvis), Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), Phil Jones (ankle), Marcos Rojo (dislocated shoulder), and Antonio Valencia (ankle), but midfielder Michael Carrick (knee) could be available.
Derby manager Paul Clement has no fresh injury concerns, meaning that Max Lowe, Craig Forsyth and Will Hughes are the only players unavailable for the match.