Derby caused a huge upset at Old Trafford yesterday, as they knocked United out of the competition on penalties.
Jose Mourinho named a strong side for the contest, but Derby were more than a match for the Red Devils throughout.
Frank Lampard’s side fell behind early on when Juan Mata finished well from close range, but Derby fought back.
The Rams equalised through a brilliant Harry Wilson free-kick and then Jack Marriott headed home what looked to be the winner, before Marouane Fellaini scored in the last minute to take the game to penalties.
It was Derby who came through on spot kicks though, and Lampard was full of praise of the work that his central midfielders did in the encounter.
“We wanted the ball in midfield, Bradley Johnson was immense, Craig Bryson was immense, they were showing for balls in areas,” he said.
“There is a lot of bravery talked about in football and it’s bravery on the ball, it’s really special to want to receive the ball. We work hard on it every day but the players are the ones that have to go out and do it and they did it in one of the biggest stages.”
Derby appear to be going from strength to strength under Lampard’s management, with their next match coming against Bolton Wanderers.
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