A Surprising Date For The Rescheduled Manchester Derby Has Been Announced
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 18:57
The former PSV Eindhoven prodigy had played just 20 minutes of Premier League football this season after dropping to the back of the pecking order at Old Trafford following Mourinho's arrival last summer.
Chelsea edged past United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday but Conte was not pleased with the way Jose Mourinho's side approached the game.
The talented if inconsistent Gaston Ramirez forced David de Gea into action but that was as good as it got for Agnew's men in the first half as they reverted to form.
"It's another historic game for us", said beaten manager Ivan Daniliants, whose side had never previously gone so far in European competition.
Fellaini put United ahead in the first-half, after Ashley Young was allowed to cut back onto his right foot and deliver a flawless cross to the back post, headed home by the Belgian. Rudy Gestede managed to pull one back, but Antonio Valencia sealed victory with a late third.
Despite Lingard's wonder strike, second-half substitute Gestede made sure their was still a glimmer of hope for the home supporters in the final stages, as he bagged his first goal for the club 15 minutes later - when he profited from a Smalling error inside the six-yard box. But I told him now we were just talking. United claim the fifth spot as Arsenal falls to the sixth position after losing (1-3) against West Brom Albion.
This was a United win that few would describe as pretty or even convincing.
The most productive seasons in United's Premier League history have seen them collect 28 victories over the course of a single campaign, having achieved that feat on five occasions. Their last defeat was on the 23rd of October a year ago in a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Lingard joked he had to do the celebration as Marcus Rashford, within earshot, fluffed his lines on Teesside.
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. It going ahead on that date means that, should United go all to the way to the Europa League final, they'd have 8 consecutive weeks with a midweek game. Despite that, Mourinho's team have two games in hand on their North-West rivals and a win against Middlesbrough, relegation strugglers, is vital.