Middlesbrough vs Man Utd 1-3 Man Utd moved to fifth position after spending more than 100 days in sixth position thanks to a 3-1 victor...
Man Utd moved to fifth position after spending more than 100 days in sixth position thanks to a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Jessse Lingard, and a late Antonio Valencia effort ensured the Red Devils walked away with all three points. Surprisingly, all scorers would all be scoring their first league goal of the season.
Jose Mourinho's men dominated the half at the beginning and deservedly went ahead courtesy of a Fellaini header. The Belgian pulled away at the far post to head in an Ashley Young delivery in the 30th minute- his first league goal since 2015.
The second half would resume with Middlesbrough trying to search for an equalizer with Negredo constantly a thorn in the Red Devil's back-line. But it would be the visitors to get the next goal.
A brilliant attacking counter by Man Utd saw Jesse Lingard hit a goal of the month contender. As the Boro defence backed off, Lingard carried the ball forward at pace before letting fly with a 25-yard strike which flew past Valdes into the top corner.
Middlesbrough would pull one back thanks to substitute Rudy Gestede. The Benin international would capitalize on a Chris Smalling error to ensure a nervy finish with twelve minutes left to play.
But the Riverside faithful would not be getting the finish they desired as a fortuitous Valencia tap-in after a slip by former Red Devils Victor Valdes made sure of the three points.
The result sees United finally climb above sixth in the table, leapfrogging Arsenal into fifth, while Middlesbrough's position is looking more perilous by the week, as they are now five points from safety in 19th.