Jose Mourinho reflects on win over Boro

Pogba criticism fuelled by envy says José Mourinho

Mourinho has stressed the importance of winning the Europa League as it will ensure United's place in next season's Champions League, and while that is a realistic aim, he'd also love to finish in the top four.

With United now just three points outside the top four and into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, Mourinho is delighted to have more than one route to a Champions League return available.

The hosts started well but it was United who broke the deadlock as Ashley Young found Marouane Fellaini with a superb cross and the Belgian global powered home a far post header for 1-0 in the 30th minute.

The win sees United move into fifth place ahead of Arsenal who drop into sixth place.

He was quoted as saying by the BBC: "We had a lot of pace up front today and obviously we had the ball players in midfield to dictate the play".

The pressure is growing on second-bottom Boro, however, with five points now separating them from safety, though they do have a game in hand on Hull City and Swansea City above them.

Middlesbrough: Valdes 7; Barragan 6, Bernardo 5, Gibson 5, Fabio 6; Leadbitter 6, Clayton 6, De Roon 7; Ramirez 7, Negredo 6, Downing 6.

Check Middlesbrough vs Manchester United livescore updates from Man Utd official Twitter page. A fantastic double save from Valdes denies United! A ideal strike from Lingard doubles United's advantage!

Boro began the second half in much the same fashion as they did the first, enjoying close to 57 per cent of the possession, but without finding a way to cause any trouble for De Gea, with United's defence staying resolute. Gestede gives Boro a lifeline!

90'+3 GOAL! Oh my, Victor Valdes.

- Marouane Fellaini's strike ended his run of 30 Premier League appearances without a goal.

"He came here with 8,000 to 10,000 people in the stadium, nearly going to League One and then he kept them in the division, goes to the playoff final, could have left the club but made a decision to stay, promotion, could have left the club for better, I know what I am saying, but he stayed".

Jose Mourinho's side were holding on to a 2-1 lead against Middlesbrough when Antonio Valencia scored a fortuitous third goal for the visitors in injury time.

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