Manchester United have edged their way back into fifth place in the Premier League table after a six-month wait.
A 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium has the Red Devils upwardly mobile once more after a frustrating period which felt like they were treading water.
Despite being unbeaten in the top-flight since October, Jose Mourinho’s men have found themselves locked in sixth spot.
The gap which separated them from the Champions League places was slowly eaten away, but no progress up the standings could made.
United are, however, now on the move once more after a 184-day wait – with the recording of a 600th Premier League victory a fitting way in which to shake off the shackles.
5 - Manchester United will end the day inside the top 5 of the Premier League table for the first time in 184 days (16th Sept 2016). Climb. pic.twitter.com/bh7ORY0Vva — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 19, 2017
Mourinho’s men slipped away from the top four after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Watford in mid-September, with that Sunday setback preventing them from cementing fifth spot.
It has been a long road back to that perch, but the Red Devils will be looking to kick-on from here.
They are now just three points behind Liverpool in fourth and will have two games in hand on their arch-rivals once the Reds have faced Manchester City on Sunday.