No bitterness towards Mourinho - Manchester United flop Depay shining for Lyon

  • No bitterness towards Mourinho - Manchester United flop Depay shining for Lyon

No bitterness towards Mourinho - Manchester United flop Depay shining for Lyon

Depay won a move to Old Trafford in 2015 after inspiring PSV to the Eredivisie title but he fell short of expectations under former national-team boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford before finding himself on the fringes when Mourinho picked up the reins this term. For Boro, it was their first since Aitor Karanka's sacking while United were reeling from key absentees and a demanding schedule.

In a stop-start Premier League campaign Manchester United head to the Riverside on Sunday to face Middlesbrough in what is the second of just two league fixtures in a seven-week period between mid-February and the beginning of April.

Manchester United have defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium for their landmark 600th Premier League victory.

"I know Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City do not play in Europe; they only have one match per week, but we are going to fight like we did today [against Middlesbrough]".

United manager Jose Mourinho was without suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera, while Paul Pogba was injured and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only on the substitutes' bench.

David De Gea was called into action just once before the break, saving well from Gaston Ramirez, who along with Stewart Downing and Alvaro Negredo was restored to the starting line-up by Agnew, the trio having previously fallen out of favour with Karanka.

Boro's backline was being unsettled by Rashford's movement and prised open with increasing regularity, requiring Valdes to be at his best to keep it scoreless in the 23rd minute.

The former Barcelona keeper had already denied Rashford with a fine block after the forward out-paced his marker Bernardo to Valencia's astute through-ball.

Ashley Young, playing at left wing-back, made space on the flank and cut in on his right foot to deliver a flawless cross to the back post, where Fellaini was waiting to nod home.

Boro's response to the goal was creditable but, like so many times this season, intricate build-up play was not matched by an end product. "He's put in a shift for the team today and made a nuisance of himself; again he has proved that he is a good player". For long spells Lingard can make you wonder how he is a regular at a team like United, then he produces a goal like that. Instead, the 24-year-old took aim from 25 yards and rifled an outstanding strike into the top corner, leaving Valdes motionless.

"Goals will arrive, no problem at all". It's a horrendous mistake from the Middlesbrough goalkeeper as he slips at the crucial moment and Valencia, who chased the ball all the way, is left with a simple tap-in.