Tunnel bust-up mars Manchester United's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough

Ander Herrera has sent a message to his Manchester United teammates following their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in the Premier League, expressing his delight at such a solid performance in spite of what was an unfairly quick turnaround between games.

Boro will be hoping they can find new life under a new boss, and capitalize on a exhausted United team that played a Europa League game on Thursday and an FA Cup match on Monday.

Rudy Gestede managed to pull one back, but Antonio Valencia sealed victory with a late third.

"I heard what Jose Mourinho said and what the pundits think about it", Klopp told reporters.

City coach Pep Guardiola said it was "one of the happiest days of my career as a manager" after seeing his team fight back to salvage a point against a direct rival for the top four. Why us? So it's going to be even more hard for us.

"This kid De Roon is phenomenal, his work-rate is phenomenal, they're solid and they play direct".

On the other hand, Middlesbrough seem to have settled for relegation as the season approaches its final stretch, as they now hold the 19th position with 22 points.

ManU moved up to fifth in the Premier League after the 3-1 victory against Middlesbrough who have still not won a league game in 2017.

Playing for three different top clubs in the Serie A, from Juventus to Inter Milan and AC Milan, his former sides were knocked out on each occasion by a Premier League Arsenal (2006), Man United (2009) and Tottenham (2011) respectively.

The England worldwide has not hit the back of the net in the Premier League since September 24 but Mourinho insists he is happy with the youngster's performances.

Mourinho said it was no surprise United was picking up injuries "due to an accumulation of fatigue".

Manchester United are unbeaten in eight league meetings since a 4-1 defeat on Teesside in October 2005 (W5, D3). There are other interests that are more important.

They share the division's best defensive away record with Chelsea, conceding just 12 goals.

By halftime Mourinho's side had made twice as many chances and taken the lead. In the first year he arrived, the team was going into League One and he saved the team.

The goal sparked wild celebration from Jose Mourinho who walked down the tunnel as he celebrated and did not reappear for the remaining 2 minutes of the game.

The suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic accounts for almost a quarter of Manchester United's attempts on goal in the Premier League this season (109 - 24.3%).

  • Salvatore Jensen