Without many of their main men with Paul Pogba sidelined through injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, a trip to strugglers Middlesbrough certainly made life easier for the Red Devils. Fresh from the sacking of Aitor Karanka, the north-east club did not make life easy for Jose Mourinho and co., but they moved up to fifth for the first time since October with a win through a headed effort from Marouane Fellaini and a fine striker from Jesse Lingard. Rudy Gestede’s late consolation effort gave the home side hope, but Antonio Valencia capitalised to ensure that United emerged victorious.
Here are how the United team rated:
David de Gea – 7
Not much he could do about Gestede’s consolation effort but dealt well with the aerial assaults that were frequently launched his way, especially in the second half.
Read on over the next few pages to see how his team-mates rated…