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Derby County excited to welcome Rooney’s old pals Manchester United

Derby County v Northampton Town - FA Cup Fourth Round: Replay

DERBY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Wayne Rooney of Derby County during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Derby County and Northampton Town at Pride Park on February 04, 2020 in Derby, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Derby County beat Northampton Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday to present Wayne Rooney with the opportunity to do something he’s never done in his life: beat Manchester United.

Rooney scored from the spot in the Rams’ 4-2 win, his third-straight game with a goal. It’s his 309th senior goal.

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Rooney played the Red Devils six times -- four times before he joined United and twice after -- losing all six encounters as a member of Everton.

It will be extra special and surprising if he can make it happen in a fifth-round FA Cup match at Pride Park.

“He’s going to face the club where he had a wonderful career so of course it is special,” said Derby boss Phillip Cocu. “He comes back from the States, joins us and now plays his old club where he had a great career. We have to wait for a month but I’m sure he’ll be ready. It will be a beautiful game not just for Wayne, but everyone at the club. It’s a great game to look forward to and we will also try to win it, against a strong opponent.”

The goal was also Rooney’s 23rd in the FA Cup to go with seven assists.