Jose Mourinho explains why he played six defenders against Middlesbrough

Yolanda Curtis
March 20, 2017

Belgium worldwide Marouane Fellaini headed them in front after nearly half an hour's play for his first league goal of the season and Jesse Lingard scored the second just after the hour mark from 20 metres.

You won't see too many better goals this weekend than the one scored by Jesse Lingard against Middlesbrough.

Agnew threw on Gestede to give Alvaro Negredo some support and the striker gave his side a lifeline when he capitalised on Chris Smalling's error to slot past De Gea from close range.

Antonio Valencia capitalised on a mistake from Valdes to net United's third goal late on, sealing a victory which left Mourinho delighted.

He said: "To push Manchester United all the way was something that I was really pleased with".

United trail fourth-placed Liverpool by two points and have a game in hand over their arch rivals. United have an enormous possibility to be in the top four and claim a spot in the Champions League.

Depay & Co. will need to be at the height of their powers when they head to the capital on Sunday evening to face a Paris Saint-Germain side whose focus is now entirely domestic following their historic UEFA Champions League exit. Then they come back and we play West Brom on the Saturday and the Europa League is coming again. The Manchester club is gifted with two possible entries into Europe next season, and Mourinho and his men must take advantage of that opportunity.

Manchester United players applaud the fans at full time during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. Man United is still showing a lot of promise and they are capable of winning more silver wear. I prefer Europa League.

Upset at having to play three games in seven days, United's manager had gone as far as predicting that they would "probably lose" at Middlesbrough, but when the mind games stopped and the football began his weakened team did him proud. "It is normal they have a reaction; they are fighting for relegation for every point, but we deserved to win". The only way Chelsea would not win the EPL is if they go on a ridiculous losing streak which will not probably happen. It was very important to keep us alive.

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