United got its first win in five matches on Monday by notching two second-half goals to get a 2-0 win at Everton.
The breakthrough would eventually come on 84 minutes, with Lingard unleashing a cracking effort from outside the box after a lay-off from sub Romelu Lukaku.
"The Championship is coming in a direction where they are Premier League level, they just play in another competition".
Marcus Rashford was presented with the best chance of the half as a fortunate bobble gave him space to pull the trigger towards goal, but he fired his shot just over the bar - the shot should've hit the target, and if it did, would've given the hosts a deserved lead.
It caused no surprise in the stands that Henrikh Mkhitaryan was brought off at the break for Romelu Lukaku, who missed his Everton homecoming on New Years Day after a nasty head injury on his last Old Trafford outing against Southampton.
Sergio Romero made some decent saves on the night
But when you get past 80 minutes and the goal hasn't come, you fear the second match.
The barrage continued and Pogba wastefully side-footed wide with the goal gaping when following up Lingard's saved effort, before Derby finally yielded with six minutes to play.
Paul Pogba kicked off proceedings by picking out Lingard from the left, but his shot deflected over the bar.
Lukaku played the ball into Lingard's path, and the attacking midfielder hit an unstoppable shot into the top-right corner.
Jose Mourinho remarked that the post "played well" for Derby as Man Utd secured a 2-0 win over the Rams in the FA Cup third round.
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