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90' + 3'
A. Valencia
1 - 3
R. Gestede
1 - 2
J. Lingard
0 - 2
A. Clayton
Yellow Card
M. Fellaini
A. Young
0 - 1

Match Stats

63% 36%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 6
Total Passes 555 326
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FULL-TIME! Man United take home three points, courtesy of a hard-fought 3-1 win over Boro. Rashford could have scored twice before Fellaini nodded home the opener, before Lingard smashed home brilliantly to make it two. Gestede made things interesting with a late consolation, before a slip from Valdes gifted Valencia the chance to secure the victory and move the away side temporarily into fifth. That's all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
M. Darmian
M. Rashford
90' + 4' Rashford is replaced by Darmian late on, as Mourinho looks to wind down the clock further.
A. Valencia
90' + 3' GOOOOOOOOAL! VALENCIA MAKES IT 3-1! Valdes slips and gifts the away side the security that they were after. A back pass into the Spanish goalkeeper is easily controlled, but the former Barcelona shot-stopper loses his footing and allows the Ecuadorian winger to run the ball into an unguarded net.
90' + 2' The referee is forced to speak with both Bailly and Gibson, after a coming together between Gestede and the Ivorian defender. Eventually, a free-kick is swung in from deep on the right-hand side, with Smalling required to nod a defensive header behind for a corner.
90' There are four minutes of stoppage time at the Riverside.
89' Fabio clips a long ball forward which is flicked on by Gestede, but Man United mop up. They are essentially playing a back six at this point. Negredo tries an acrobatic effort after a good flick-on from Gestede, but the Spaniard's connection with the ball isn't quite right and he fails to test De Gea.
87' Carrick gets on the ball and slows the tempo right down, as Man United try to manage the dying minutes at the Riverside with care. Boro are throwing plenty of bodies forward now. Negredo battles beyond one challenge and gets into the penalty box, but a last-ditch sliding tackle from Jones comes at just the right time to deny the former Valencia striker.
85' Clayton tries to release Adama Traore into the right channel, but the pass isn't executed well at all and heads behind for a goal-kick. De Gea is happy to take his time over his kick. Only five minutes stand between Man United and a hard-fought three points.
83' Clayton lifts a cross into the box from the right-hand side, but Bailly and Carrick do just enough to half-clear and then earn a free-kick for the visitors. Boro are trying to ramp up the pressure and squeeze an equaliser out of this game, but Man United are trying every trick in the box to slow proceedings down.
81' Agnew's changes have given Boro a fighting chance of getting a share of the spoils in this contest, with Man United having a little less than 10 minutes to try and see out. Downing and Adama Traore are willing to pump plenty of deliveries into the box, with Gestede providing an extra bit of presence to challenge aerially.
A. Martial
J. Lingard
80' Lingard goes off with a knock, with Martial coming into the game for the dying stages.
79' Downing bends in yet another inviting cross in from the left-hand side, but yet again Negredo is unable to get near it. Lingard goes down with a knock, but the goalscorer may well be looking to slow things down a little. Martial is readied as a replacement.
R. Gestede
77' GOOOOOOOAL! GESTEDE MAKES IT 2-1! Adama Traore lifts in a cross towards Negredo, but the danger doesn't disappear despite the Spaniard not getting on the end of it. Man United fail to clear their lines through Smalling, with Gestede stroking home a close-range finish!
75' A cross from the left-hand side is missed by Gestede, but Negredo is unable to steal in at the back post to stab home a close-range finish. The Spaniard didn't appear to anticipate that his teammate wouldn't be able to rise to meet the Downing delivery.
73' Adama Traore breaks beyond Fellaini and to the right byline, but a back-post cross isn't turned goalwards by Negredo. The Spanish substitute just wants to drive at his man, and he has got targets in the box to aim for. Man United are settling in for a conservative last quarter of an hour.
71' Boro now have both Negredo and Gestede to aim for up top, with Downing and Adama Traore looking to give them ammunition from the flanks. Jones is forced to nod a dangerous cross from the left to safety, with the hosts turning the screw a little bit now.
M. Rojo
69' Rojo is given the last 20 minutes, with Mata jogging off. Mourinho isn't taking any chance.
Adama Traoré
G. Ramírez
68' Ramirez is replaced by Traore for the last 20 minutes or so, as Agnew rolls the dice.
R. Gestede
G. Leadbitter
67' Leadbitter is replaced by Gestede, with Boro pushing an extra man up top now.
67' Negredo is picked out by a good cross from the left by Ramirez, but the ex-Manchester City striker can only stoop to nod a header wide of the far post. The Spaniard should have perhaps worked De Gea there.
66' Lingard strolls through the heart of the Boro midfield, as Man United continue to break with intent, but a pass into Rashford is cut out by Bernardo. One more goal would whack cruise control on for the visitors. 
64' Boro have it all to do now, with that goal probably going some way to kill the contest off. Lingard has been electric on the counter and finally has his goal. Negredo is picked out by a cross from the right by Barragan, but the Spaniard's tame header is caught simply by De Gea.
J. Lingard
62' GOOOOOOOAL! LINGARD MAKES IT TWO! Bailly heads clear to deny a lofted throughball from bouncing into the path of De Roon, as Man United continue to defend well. Lingard leads a charge for the visitors, before cutting onto his right foot and slamming a brilliant finish into the top-right corner from around 20 yards out.
62' Mata releases Lingard forward on the break, and Boro give the Englishman far too much space to pick his shot.
61' Ramirez is picked out on the edge of the penalty area for Boro, but Valencia tracks back well to recover and rob the Uruguayan of possession. The hosts enjoy a lengthy spell on the ball, but they're not shifting play quickly enough to ask questions of Man United's back five.
59' Carrick releases Lingard down the left, but the wind takes the ball curling out of play. Boro have half an hour to get back into this game, but De Gea has had almost nothing to do since the start of the second half. Everything is just a few seconds too slow from Agnew's men.
57' Young tries to drill in a low cross from the left-hand side, but Gibson scrambles the ball clear. Man United continue to find gaps, but Rashford has been very wasteful. The youngster takes aim from a tight angle on the right, but he blasts horribly over the crossbar.
55' Fellaini manages to slide a pass through Boro's lines, with Lingard opening his legs up on the break. He puts a throughball into the path of Rashford, who coasts past Bernardo yet again, but the Englishman is unable to work a shooting angle for himself. 
53' Lingard goes down with a knock after being blocked off slightly by De Roon, but the England international is back to his feet quickly. Man United continue to offer a threat when they get forward at pace, but Boro are doing no such thing. Negredo doesn't have any support at all. The Spaniard is picked out by a cross from the left-hand side, but Young does just enough to flick the ball clear.
51' Valencia drives to the right byline and Gibson does brilliantly to slide in and deny the Ecuadorian winger without conceding a corner. Man United have retained the ball quite well since the restart, with Boro struggling to build up a head of steam.
49' Fellaini heads a dangerous corner delivery away for the visitors, before Fabio gets a warning for diving into an unnecessary tackle on Valencia to deny a counter-attack. Somehow the ex-Man United full-back avoids a booking for his troubles.
48' Negredo flicks a ball over the top, which Smalling makes a complete mess of by mistiming his header, but the Man United centre-back is fortunate to see De Gea hurry out to take control of the situation. Boro threaten down the left, but a terrible pass from Fabio is intercepted by Bailly.
46' We are back underway in the second half at the Riverside! Man United have a narrow advantage, but due to their own wastefulness in front of goal Agnew's men are still in with a chance. All to play for over the next 45 minutes.
HALF-TIME! Fellaini's header is the only difference between these two sides, with Man United left wondering how they aren't home and dry already. Rashford has squandered two great chances, but Boro have barely mustered a save out of De Gea. Mourinho will want his team to go on and kill this contest as quickly as possible.
45' Rashford cuts in from the left before trying to play a little backheel through to Mata, but the Englishman's creativity doesn't translate into reality well. There is one minute of stoppage time.
43' Man United are happy to sit back and bide their time until the interval, with Rashford left to chase lost causes as a pacey outlet up top. Boro win a corner on the left-hand side, but Smalling is pushed and wins his team a free-kick to alleviate the pressure completely.
41' De Gea has had a couple of saves to make, but largely the Spaniard hasn't been called into action. Agnew will be pleased that Boro have got their foot on the ball and taken the game to their opponents, but they've not managed to cause problems in dangerous areas of the field. Mourinho's system hasn't been tested.
39' Fellaini almost tests his own goalkeeper, after a low cross cannons off the Belgian goalscorer and loops over the crossbar, but the resulting corner comes to absolutely nothing. Boro are putting pressure on and appear confident to carry possession, but it isn't quite clicking when they get into the final third. This contest isn't beyond them yet, however.
37' Leadbitter finds Ramirez on the edge of the box, with the Uruguayan immediately flicking a pass around the corner to the onrushing De Roon. The Belgian cuts a ball back square from the left, but Negredo is unable to gamble on it and Jones does just enough to usher the cross clear.
35' Smalling is picked out by a back-post corner delivery, but the former Fulham defender can only rise to nod a firm header some way wide of the target. With only about 10 minutes left in this first half, Man United are cruising to three points as it stands.
A. Clayton
Yellow Card
33' Boro earn themselves their first yellow card of the afternoon, with Clayton penalised for a foul in the midfield third.
32' Mourinho's men deserve this lead, but they should truly be three or four to the good by now. The hosts' marking was very poor there, but the away fans don't mind. Barragan feeds a low pass into Negredo, but the latter can't spin and shoot. Moments later, Fabio swings in a cross, but Negredo can only glance a header back across goal and wide of the target.
A. Young
30' Young checks back onto his right foot from the left-hand side and dips an inviting ball over Fabio and to the back post.
M. Fellaini
30' GOOOOOOOOAL! FELLAINI MAKES IT 1-0! The Belgium international is picked out by a great cross from the left-hand side and pulls off Fabio well. He nods a firm header into the back of the net and Agnew will be wondering how much more poor defending Boro can offer in this first half.
29' Bailly invites Valencia to the right byline, but a drilled cross skips through the Boro six-yard box and to safety. Man United could go on to rue missed chances if they can't take the lead before the break. Mourinho's men should be out of sight already, with the hosts leaking chances.
28' Man United link up beautifully in midfield, with Mata opening play out to Valencia brilliantly on the right-hand side. The former Wigan wide man drills a low cross into a dangerous area, but nobody is on hand to gamble and get deep into the opposition box. Boro go down the other end, but Bailly manages to outmuscle Ramirez just when the Uruguay international was trying to work a shooting angle.
26' Leadbitter bends in a cross from the deep on the right-hand side, but Fellaini rises well to head half-clear. Downing picks up the rebound and attempts to find De Roon lurking at the back post, but the English winger's delivery sails straight behind for a goal-kick. Boro haven't shown any cutting edge yet.
P. Jones
Yellow Card
25' Jones is penalised for clash with Negredo, with the England international blocking the ex-Valencia striker off blatantly. That's worth a booking, in the referee's eyes.
24' DOUBLE SAVE FROM VALDES! Firstly, the ex-Barcelona makes a brilliant stop to deny Rashford from close range, after a great cross from the left by Mata. He sticks out a foot to make an initial save, before scampering to cover his post to parry a second quick-fire effort. Rashford could have had two goals already this afternoon.
22' Lingard wins yet another corner for the away side, with Rashford's pace causing real problems when he is able to escape into the left channel. This time, the set-piece delivery is a little more inviting, but Negredo lashes clear at the near post. Man United are managing to show a bit of a threat on the counter, after a slow start.
20' De Roon tries to play Fabio in on the overlap, but Smalling covers across well to defuse the situation. Negredo hasn't been getting much service, with Man United keen to slow the contest down due to how Boro have started. Rashford drives to the left byline and cuts a pass back into the path of Lingard, but Barragan makes a good interception that concedes a corner - but Fellaini heads it wide.
18' Boro are continuing to dominate, with Leadbitter providing quite a bit of energy in the middle of the park so far. Mata opens plays the ball out to Lingard, who jinks in from the left wing and sees a shot charged down easily. Clear-cut chances have been rather hard to come by in this congested battle.
16' Bailly and Valencia try to play a one-two down the right, with the Ecuadorian wing-back doing brilliantly to catch up with a terrible pass and whip in a cross. Rashford can't get near it, however, as Man United are struggling to get options up in support of their attacks when one of their wide players makes a quick burst upfield.
14' Boro's first corner of the match sails harmlessly over the danger zone, with Ramirez's delivery being a real waste after his great work to win it initially. The visitors are struggling to get out of their own half, with Rashford rather isolated up top at present. Mourinho will want the likes of Carrick and Fellaini to try and grab this game by the scruff of the neck.
12' Fabio, Ramirez and De Roon play neat triangles down the left-hand side, but a final ball from the Boro left-back slides straight behind for a goal-kick. The hosts are combining well and look bright in midfield. They are dominating the ball early on, with Ramirez the first man to test De Gea. The ex-Hull forward forces his opponent to palm a powerful shot behind for a corner.
10' Leadbitter curls a cross in from deep on the left-hand side, but Jones heads half-clear. The Boro captain picks up the loose ball and has a go from long range, but his effort sails harmlessly over the crossbar. Agnew will be pleased with his players' reaction in these opening stages.
9' De Roon tries to play a searching ball into the right channel for Negredo to chase, but the two aren't on the same wavelength at all. Boro are looking to be as positive as they can when shifting possession in midfield. It isn't quite clicking yet, but there is some confidence about their play.
7' Lingard manages to slot Rashford in behind, with the young Englishman bursting into the penalty area with an injection of space. Victor Valdes is exposed, but the experienced Spanish goalkeeper sprawls low to his left to make a brilliant one-on-one save! That really should have been 1-0 to the away side.
6' Man United have been quite subdued so far, with Mourinho's men happy to rush ease their way into this contest slowly. Boro have had a good amount of possession, with it clear that Agnew hasn't made any alterations to the hosts' usual style of play. They'll keep moving the ball around to probe for gaps.
4' Ramirez outmuscles Bailly and drives down the left-hand side, but a cross from the Uruguayan is massively overhit and Negredo does well to even keep the ball in play on the far side. Downing whips a delivery in from that flank, with De Roon forcing Smalling to concede a corner.
3' A couple of long balls come to nothing in the early exchanges, with Boro keen to clear their lines and ensure that no quick mistakes are made. Given the tiny portion of goals that they've scored this season, they can't afford to go a goal down against a Man United line-up which can revert to a back five if needed.
1' We are underway in the first half at the Riverside! Boro will be hoping to stop the rot after Karanka's decision to leave the club, but starting to gather the required momentum to head towards Premier League survival will be tough against today's visitors. 
Man United substitutes: Rojo, Martial, Romero, Mkhitaryan, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Darmian.
Man United starting line-up (3-4-3): De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Bailly; Valencia, Fellaini, Carrick, Young; Mata, Rashford, Lingard.
Boro substitutes: Guzan, Stuani, Fry, Guedioura, Gestede, Forshaw, Adama Traore.
Boro starting line-up (4-3-3): Victor Valdes; Barragan, Bernardo, Gibson, Fabio; Leadbitter, Clayton, De Roon; Ramirez, Negredo, Downing.
TEAM NEWS: Jose Mourinho opts for a back three for his Man United side, with the visitors rotating after playing midweek. Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are the central defenders, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young offering width. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera are out suspended, with Paul Pogba injured. Marouane Fellaini starts in central midfield, with Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata looking to support Marcus Rashford up front. Anthony Martial is fit enough for the bench.
TEAM NEWS: Bernardo starts at centre-back for Boro, with Fabio continuing in the absence of George Friend at left-back against his former club. Captain Grant Leadbitter is deployed in midfield ahead of Adam Forshaw, with Stewart Downing and Gaston Ramirez flanking Alvaro Negredo up top. Cristhian Stuani, Forshaw and Adama Traore are likely to be the go-to options on the bench to liven things up.
Boro have scored just one goal in their last five Premier League outings, with their lack of firepower causing them huge issues. If the home side want to clamber out of the relegation zone with the two games in hand that they have over 17th-placed Swansea before a ball is kicked today, they'll need back-to-back wins to edge to safety. Things are not looking good at the Riverside.
Hello and welcome to Middlesbrough's first Premier League home game without Aitor Karanka, following the Spaniard's sudden departure earlier in the week. Steve Agnew takes the reins temporarily for the hosts, and he's got quite a test on his hands. Manchester United arrive off the back of a cup defeat against Chelsea and a narrow Europa League victory over Rostov, with bouncing back domestically at the first possible opportunity very much on their agenda.