It should have been a no-contest. One team at the bottom of the League without a win all season and just a point to their name, versus a team that had won all of their last nine away games. In face John Knowles of SkySports opined before the match that ‘United should have no problem swatting aside the basement boys.’ But for United, being United, there is no such thing as a no-contest. Apart from going a goal down with not yet 4 minutes on the clock, United failed to kill off the spirited opposition and in the end it was only thanks to Keeper Henderson with a good save in the final minutes that they managed to assure themselves of the three points.
All in all, this victory for United saw them become only the fourth side in top-flight history to win 10 away league games in a row, after Spurs (10 between April & October 1960), Chelsea (11 between April & December 2008) and Man City (11 between May & December 2017). Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have also now become the first side to win six successive away games after conceding first in a single Premier League season.
My Man of the Match is Marcus Rashford – who was awarded the FIFA Fair Play award before the game for his work to end child poverty. He was a big headache to the opposing defense, with his dribbles, his runs and his pace., never fearing of taking the man on. Apart from his two goals of course.
United now lie in 6th place, with a game in hand over all the teams above them, and 5 points less than leaders Liverpool. Next up a home game against Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. Good to note that Solskjaer expects to have Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Sergio Romero back in his ranks next month.
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