Wayne Rooney says Sergio Romero "wasn’t kind" in Man Utd FA Cup win

Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney was twice close to netting against his former club – but was denied by brilliant saves from Sergio Romero.

Rooney said his former teammate Romero "wasn't kind" as he kept out a stoppage-time free-kick that even the home fans might have cheered, given United had wrapped up a 3-0 FA Cup win against Derby County.

The Argentine keeper had also foiled Rooney earlier in the contest with a score still at 0-0, diving down low to palm away a free-kick that was dipping towards the bottom corner.

Romero's second save from Rooney meant there was no sentimental goal for the man who scored a club-record 253 in 559 appearances during 13 years with the Red Devils.

And the Derby skipper told BT Sport afterwards: "Sergio was not in a kind mood. He could have let that one in.

"It would have been nice, but it wasn't to be."

United's win on Thursday set up a quarter-final away to Premier League strugglers Norwich City.

But had Rooney's first free-kick gone in, it might have been a different story.

The game was still in the balance at that point, but Luke Shaw opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark, before January signing Odion Ighalo scored two to wrap up the win and take his tally to three goals in two starts for United.

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