The Red Devils make the trip to Pride Park Stadium in the fourth round after having suffered a 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford in the Premier League last weekend.
A lot will depend on the team that United boss Louis van Gaal puts out but I just do not see United going there and rolling the Rams over
Louis van Gaal is coming under increasing pressure at Old Trafford as a result of the Red Devils’s inconsistent form so far this season.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes Van Gaal could be in line to face even more criticism on Friday night after the Irishman tipped Derby to force a replay at Old Trafford.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Derby have hit a bit of a rocky patch in the Championship with no wins in their past five league games but I still do not think this will be easy for Manchester United.
“A lot will depend on the team that United boss Louis van Gaal puts out but I just do not see United going there and rolling the Rams over.
“Derby are a good side by Championship standards – they will be very competitive, they will play at a high tempo and they will cause United some problems.”
United’s 1-0 loss to the Saints was their first defeat in six games in all competitions since a 2-0 loss to Stoke City on Boxing Day.
The Red Devils are in fifth place in the Premier League table but five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
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