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Wayne Rooney. Photo: PA

Wayne Rooney. Photo: PA

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Wayne Rooney. Photo: PA

Wayne Rooney booked a dream FA Cup reunion with Manchester United after Derby County cruised past Northampton last night.

The striker scored from the spot to cap the Rams' 4-2 fourth-round replay win over the Cobblers. They will now host 12-time winners United in the fifth round next month.

Andre Wisdom's first goal in almost eight years and strikes from Duane Holmes and Jack Marriott helped send the hosts through.

Nicky Adams' goal threatened to haul Northampton, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, back into the tie while Sam Hoskins scored a late penalty.

Rooney, the Red Devils' record scorer, returned to English football this season after 18 months with DC United in the US and will face United next month for the third time since leaving Old Trafford for Everton in 2017.

Meanwhile, Allan Saint-Maximin's strike with just three minutes of extra-time remaining fired Newcastle into the next round, where they face West Brom, in a 3-2 win over Oxford United.

Sean Longstaff and Joelinton's goals for the Magpies were cancelled out by Irish-qualified Liam Kelly and Nathan Holland before the Frenchman's winner.

Irish Independent