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

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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.