Novel fixture for rearranged Manchester derby next month

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

Many believe United could be the place for Mourinho to achieve great things, and after his latest comments on Portuguese television, it seems he wants to spearhead the club for years to come.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Valdes, Barragan, Espinosa, Gibson, Fabio, De Roon, Clayton, Leadbitter (Gestede, 67 mins), Ramirez (Traore, 67 mins), Downing, Negredo.

"Two tough games, Germany will be a good test for us and obviously we've still got to qualify (for the World Cup)". Rudy Gestede pulled a goal back for the hosts, but Antonio Valencia made sure of the points in added time after a mistake by Boro keeper Victor Valdes. Fellaini was left totally unmarked at the back-post when Ashley Young whipped in a pin-point cross to the back post. "But I told him now we were just talking, there was no problem".

A Juan Mata goal at Old Trafford on Thursday gave United a 2-1 aggregate victory over Russian side FC Rostov in the UEFA Europa League.

However, it was United who would score the next goal on 62 minutes, and what a goal it was, with Jesse Lingard racing forward before unleashing an unstoppable piledriver.

United have gone through a turbulent transition period since Alex Ferguson retired at the end of their title-winning campaign in 2012-13, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal having both been sacked for failing to achieve the desired results.

Jose Mourinho has already won the League Cup as Manchester United manager. In total they will play three matches on a Thursday in April.

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. A repeat of last year's narrow win thanks to a brilliant Marcus Rashford strike would be a massive step towards Champions League qualification.

Boro produced a promising display against United and caretaker manager Steve Agnew will have done his chances of replacing Aitor Karanka permanently little harm.

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