Manchester United earn 600th Premier League win, move to fifth

 19 Mar 2017 - 18:15

Manchester United earn 600th Premier League win, move to fifth
Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, north east England on March 19, 2017. AFP / Lindsey PARNABY


London: Manchester United claimed their 600th Premier League victory with a 3-1 win against managerless Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

Marouane Fellaini's first league goal of the season, a thundering strike from Jesse Lingard and an injury-time Antonio Valencia finish secured maximum points for Jose Mourinho's side and lifted into fifth place in the table, piling the misery on Boro at the end of a week in which Aitor Karanka lost his job. They added a second through a counter attack and a fantastic shot from Jesse Lingard. Middlesbrough pulled one back through Rudy Gestede and looked set to mount the comeback when their goal keeper Victor Valdes slipped, allowing Antonio Valencia to tap the ball into the empty net. 

Manchester United are now unbeaten in 18 Premier League matches, since losing to Chelsea in October. They move to fifth place in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool. United also have a game in hand, to arch-rivals Manchester City.

Meanwhile Boro remain in 19th place and could relegate if their form doesn't improve. They have 22 points, seven away from Swansea and safety. Middlesbrough also have a game in hand.