Manchester United rose above Arsenal into fifth in the Premier League table after goals from Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard saw off a spirited Middlesbrough side on Sunday afternoon.
Relegation-battling Middlesbrough started the game quickly with Gaston Ramirez forcing David de Gea into a smart stop, but it was Marouane Fellaini who opened the scoring for the visitors with a back-post header.
Ex-United man Victor Valdes kept the hosts in it with a string of good saves, but Jesse Lingard’s 25-yard strike into the top corner doubled United’s advantage midway through the second-half.
The hosts brought on Adama Traore and Rudy Gestede as they looked to claw one back and it was the latter who slotted home from inside the area to set up an enthralling final ten minutes.
Despite intense late pressure from the hosts, United held out and sealed a crucial three points in stoppage time when Valdes comically slipped to gift Antonio Valencia a tap-in.
The result sees Jose Mourinho’s side climb up to fifth in the table, three points behind Liverpool and four behind Manchester City before they meet, whilst Middlesbrough remain five points from safety.
See the next few pages for three things we can take from Manchester United’s win at the Riverside.