Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United’s FA Cup tie against Derby County will be “more of a battle than a football game”.
United go to Derby in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Southampton which left the Red Devils five points off the top four.
Rooney, who was part of the United team that won at Derby in the FA Cup in 2009, is expecting a difficult test at Pride Park.
“We know, as we’ve played there before, that it will be a difficult game with a good atmosphere on Friday night,” Rooney told MUTV.
“I’m sure they’ll be really up for it with their crowd and we’ll be up for it, as we’ve experienced these games.
“The players who joined us last year and played against Cambridge and Yeovil will have seen that an FA Cup tie like this is more of a battle than a football game.
“We have to be ready for that and be ready for a tough game as the cup is full of surprises.
“Derby have nothing to lose. No-one is expecting them to win and they’ll try to cause an upset.
“We know that and have to be ready for that. It will be a difficult night for us.
“Sheffield United at home was a tough game, so we have to be ready to battle and win the battle. Hopefully then our qualities will show through.”