Manchester United moved away from sixth position in the premier league for the first time since October 2016 with a hard fought win against managerless Middlesbrough at the Riverside this afternoon.Marouane Felliani scored in the first half with a quality header past Victor Valdes in goal from a super delivery from Ashley Young from his left wing-back role, Jesse Lingard added the second before Antonio Valencia scored the third with Gestede scoring a consolation goal for the home side. The win now see Manchester United up to fifth while Arsenal replace them in sixth.Jose Mourinho made seven changes to his squad as Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues his three-match ban while Captain Wayne Rooney failed to recover from injury and Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were named among the substitutes.Middlesbrough playing for the first time since they parted company with manager Aitor Karanka brought Steve Downing and Gaston Ramirez back into the starting line-up with Alvaro Negredo leading the attack.The visitors who had remained sixth in the premier league since October 2016 were determined to climb away from that spot especially after Arsenal’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion yesterday.Marcus Rashford had the first chance of the game when he beat Bernardo for pace but failed to get his effort past Valdes in goal. At the other end, Ramirez’s swift left foot drive was brilliantly kept out by David de Gea in goal for Manchester United.The game was really end-to-end as Valdes made a double save from Rashford and Valencia before Michael Carrick hit the rebound over the bar.
However, Jose Mourinho’s men took the lead when Felliani rose highest to nod home a super cross from Young at the far post to make it 1-0. The tightly fought first half ended with United having the advantage. The second half was cagey until Jesse Lingard collected the ball from midfield, raced towards goal and fired a wicked shot past Valdes from long rage to extend the away side's lead.Middlesbrough responded immediately as Negredo had a powerful header saved by De Gea but the Spaniard was unable to do anything as Rudy Gestede fired in a shot from the center of the box to reduce the scoreline to 2-1. The home side poured forward for an equalizer but were dealt a killer blow when Antonio Valencia scored the third goal and handed United a vital 3-1 victory. Thus, becoming the first club to win 600 premier league matches.