May 20, 2018

Fellaini scores first league goal of the season

Manchester United moved up to fifth in the Premier League table on Sunday (19/03/17) with a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

Marouane Fellaini headed them in front for his first league goal of the season and Jesse Lingard scored the second just after the hour mark from 20 metres.

Rudy Gestede pulled a goal back for Middlesbrough with 12 minutes left, but in added time goalkeeper Victor Valdes slipped, allowing Antonio Valencia to score a third United goal.

What the managers said:

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “[I applaud] our attitude and desire and our way of thinking. We don’t have plan B, C, D, E, F and G – but we have M, N, O, P and S.

“It is fantastic because we manage in the same week, to go to the quarter-finals of the Europa League which is an important target for us.

“At the same time, we got these three points that keep us in the race for the fourth position so we still have two doors for Champions League football next season.

“These guys gave everything, we started the game really well. Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal. We controlled everything until our second goal.”

Middlesbrough, by far the lowest scoring team in the league, have still not won a league game in 2017.

Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew: “If we show that commitment and that sort of intensity until the end of the season then we have a real chance of staying in this league.

“It is a relief to get a goal and I felt that when we got that goal, we had Manchester United defending in the box for their lives and again we didn’t quite get the bounce of the ball to get the equaliser, which on the balance of play I thought we deserved.

“I know that we will take that fighting spirit for the rest of the season.”

United have netted more goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season (six) than they did in 2015-16 (five).

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