By Izuchukwu Okosi

Manchester United defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 on Sunday to go fifth in the Premier League table and enhance their Champions League hopes.

There was no reunion between the visiting José Mourinho and his assistant at Real Madrid Aitor Karanka, after the Spaniard parted company with Boro on Thursday, instead caretaker manager Steve Agnew was in charge of the host team.

Middlesbrough have not scored a goal in their previous four games and are now without a win in their last 10 games.

Manchester United took the lead in the 30th minute through Marouane Fellaini who got on the end of an Ashley Young cross to finish with a header into an empty net.

Jesse Lingard scored the second goal for United with a powerful shot in the 62nd minute of the game after a blistering run from his team’s half.

Middlesbrough however gave themselves a fighting chance with a close finish goal by Rudy Gestede. Gestede’s introduction in the second half and that of Adama Traoure gave the team more attacking threat as their combination with Alvaro Negredo troubled the United backline.

Antonio Valencia made it three for United when he captalised on a defensive error by Boro keeper victor Valdes to slot into an empty net.