Did it seem like one of those days right? Opponents dropping points, facing each other and United had the best chance to win this and move to fifth. Well, the feeling sure started when the supporters saw the lineup.
Mkhitaryan, Rojo, Martial and Shaw in the bench while they had already been used to the idea that Herrera, Pogba, and Zlatan weren’t able for the game. A lineup that seemed like a 3-4-3 and nobody liked it because Fellaini and Lingard were starting.
Rashford was upfront giving a glimpse of hope, but in contrast to many supporters, I was positive that United would comfortably win this.
The game started not in the best way possible as the visitors weren’t being clear about what they wanted as Middlesbrough was being cynical and ball possession spoke in their favour. Rashford leading that attack meant that the home side would have problems on controlling him. It was indeed like this, but the young English definitely must work on his finishing as he had an early chance to save a lot of problems to Jose Mourinho.
However, an unusual hero was spotted today as Fellaini gave United the lead to calm things down and in this way, the team would control the game.
Not having the chance to show off what he is capable of since the game against Saints in Wembley, Lingard had his say as well as he scored a beautiful goal to make it 2-0 United. The problem was, however, just like in many games this season is that United trust themselves and stop caring like the game had already finished. Of course, with the help of the majestic duo of defenders on their side, Middlesbrough had it all easy to score and put pressure on United in the last minutes.
As the home side was at the peak of their pressure towards United, Valencia benefitting from a terrible mistake from Valdes closed the case and it finished 3-1 United.
As United finally move from the sixth place, here are the player ratings for today’s game: