Manchester United leapfrogged from seventh to fifth in the Premier League after a 3-1 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
José Mourinho made seven changes from the side that beat Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, with David de Gea, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all coming into the starting eleven.
And it was Young and Fellaini who combined for the first goal on the half-hour mark – the wing-back whipping in a sumptuous cross and the tall Belgian heading home at the far post.
Lingard would make it two just past the hour mark in the second-half, blasting the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out after a mazy individual run.
Substitute Rudy Gestede gave Steve Agnew’s side a way back into the game, scoring from inside the six-yard box after some comical defending from Chris Smalling to give United fans a nervy final ten minutes.
However, Antonio Valencia, on his 200th Premier League appearance, sealed the result in the third minute of added time, capitalising on a slip from Victor Valdes to rob him off the ball and tap home into an empty net.
After a gruelling week, Mourinho will be happy with his side’s performance and the Reds are now just three points off Liverpool in fourth with a hypothetical two games in hand.
Here are the United player ratings from the Riverside Stadium: