EPL: Manchester United beat Middlesbrough to move to fifth place
Man United beat Middlesbrough 3-1 to be fifth on the league table and boost their chances in the race to seal a Champions League spot; Arsenal sixth
Man United’s Marouane Fellaini (right) heads to score his team’s first goal vs Middlesbrough during an EPL match yesterday. pic/Getty Images
Middlesbrough: Marouane Fellaini scored his first Premier League goal for 15 months as Man United extended their unbeaten EPL run to 18 games to move up to fifth with a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough yesterday.
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) celebrates with teammates a fter scoring the opening goal. Pics/AFP
Jesse Lingard added a stunning second and Antonio Valencia a stoppage-time third after an embarrassing mistake by former United keeper Victor Valdes as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a 19-week stay in sixth by climbing a place.
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (C) celebrates with Manchester United's English midfielder Ashley Young (R) and Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (L) after scoring their second goal
Their latest victory as they became the first club to record 600 Premier League wins puts them a distant 17 points behind leaders Chelsea but two points ahead of their nearest rivals Arsenal and Everton in seventh, boosting their hopes of a top-four finish in the race to qualify for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia celebrates after scoring their third goal
Middlesbrough pulled a late goal back through substitute Rudy Gestede, but they remain second-bottom, five points adrift of safety after an 11th league game without victory as caretaker manager Steve Agnew tasted defeat in his first match following the departure of Aitor Karanka.
Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia (2nd L) celebrates with Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (R)
Gestede initially appeared to bite defender Eric Bailly in a stoppage time melee. Replays showed there was no contact as the pair engaged in an angry clinch. United were last beaten in the league at the end of October, a record which rarely looked under threat once they took a deserved 30th minute lead through Fellaini.
Spurs down Saints 2-1
Tottenham beat Southampton 2-1 and close the gap on leaders Chelsea. First half goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli gave Spurs the cushion after James Ward-Prowse halved the deficit early in the second half.
184 No. of days Man United took to move from sixth to fifth position on the EPL table
600 No. of matches Red Devils have won in EPL, the first team to reach this landmark
20 No. of different teams Fellaini has now scored against in EPL