Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United

Xavier Trudeau
Mars 20, 2017

"He could leave the club for better - I know what I'm saying - but he stays for the fans, for the owner [Steve Gibson]".

Upset at having to play three games in seven days, United's manager had gone as far as predicting that they would "probably lose" at Middlesbrough, but when the mind games stopped and the football began his weakened team did him proud.

Manchester United heads into the worldwide break in 5th-place after taking three points at the Riverside Stadium.

The hosts are in bad form right now as they're win-less in ten straight Premier Leauge games which caused them to fall in the 19th place.

Asked if his side's 3-1 win over Boro was justice for his old friend Karanka, Mourinho told a post-match press conference: "Justice for Karanka is the work he did here".

The England winger took aim from 25 yards and found the top right-hand corner with an outstanding effort, deservedly adding to Marouane Fellaini's first-half header.

Lingard capped a fine individual display with a stunning 62nd-minute goal to ease United to victory. "It's a massive victory for us".

"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".

"We organised the team to come here and do what we did until the second goal: defend well, don't concede, be unsafe on the counter-attack, play with the fast boys in front".

He said: "Rashford is in trouble to score a goal". We started the game well, [Middlesbrough's Victor] Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal.

But the game was not over as Alvaro Negredo, a handful all afternoon, directed two headers off-target as Boro pushed for a goal that arrived in the 77th minute.

However, some believe Mourinho was showing a lack of class by not shaking hands with Middlesbrough's interim boss Steve Agnew.

Agnew was encouoraged by a battling display and remains convinced his team will get the points they need when they face the teams around them in the relegation fight.

Replays showed there was no contact as the pair engaged in an angry clinch, but punches appeared to be thrown afterwards in the players tunnel a both sides left the pitch.

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