MIDDLESBROUGH 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3: Man United punish struggling Boro despite Mourinho's pessimism

 19 Mar 2017 - 17:06

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3: Man United punish struggling Boro despite Mourinho's pessimism
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates after the game with David De Gea. Reuters / Anthony Devlin

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March: Manchester United moved into fifth place in the Premier League on Sunday with a 3-1 victory away to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho had said his team would "probably lose" because their current fixture congestion would lead to fatigue, but despite missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera, they counter-attacked well.

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini headed them in front after almost half an hour's play for his first league goal of the season and Jesse Lingard scored the second just after the hour mark from 20 metres.

Boro' substitute Rudy Gestede pulled a goal back with 12 minutes left, but in added time goalkeeper Victor Valdes slipped, allowing Antonio Valencia to score a third United goal.