Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

English Premier League result: Manchester United go 5th after Middlesbrough win

English Premier League result: Manchester United go 5th after Middlesbrough win

However, a slip from Boro keeper Victor Valdes allowed Antonio Valencia to walk the ball into the net in the dying stages to wrap up all three points for United, who move up to fifth in the Premier League table. The goal came from a beautifully delivered Ashley Young cross which Fellaini headed in easily.

The talented if inconsistent Gaston Ramirez forced David de Gea into action but that was as good as it got for Agnew's men in the first half as they reverted to form.

Eric Bailly and Rudy Gestede were involved in an altercation when the latter reacted badly to Bailly's physical style of marking at a free-kick.

Though, while the 3-1 scoreline suggests an easy win for Jose Mourinho's side, it was not so simple in reality. Rashford is causing the hosts all kinds of problems but his finishing is letting him down.

The win means that United have now gone 18 unbeaten in the league.

Having lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday and beaten Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, Mourinho had predicted his team might struggle against a Middlesbrough team fighting to avoid relegation.

Mourinho has never spent more than three years as head coach at any club, but he hopes to last at least that long at United as he looks to restore their place at the summit of English football.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho faced off in the EFL Cup last October. That intent was leaving United space to exploit on the break, with ponderous play from Rashford forgotten after Lingard sent the travelling fans wild.

"We have two doors open for Champions League football, so we will try for the Europa League and for fourth place in the Premier League, and see what happens", he commented after Sunday's 2-1 win against Middlesbrough.

With both sides vying for a spot in next season's Champions League competition, the match at the Etihad could well have great significance in race to finish in the top four.

On the hour-mark, Agnew's side fell even further behind with a moment of individual brilliance from Lingard, as he found his first league goal in 13 months.

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