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Paul Pogba

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Middles­brough 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 31, 2016. An­thony Mar­tial and Paul Po­gba hit late goals for Man­chester Uni­ted as they came from one goal be­hind to de­feat Pre­mier Lea­gue new boys Middles­brough 2-1 at ho­me af­ter Grant Lead­bit­ter had giv­en the vis­it­ing si­de the lead sev­en min­utes pa­st the hour mark. 

Man­chester Uni­ted had to make do with­out the phys­ic­al pres­ence of Way­ne Roo­ney who had be­en ruled out wi­th a thigh in­jury, whi­le Middles­brough had to cope with­out the sus­pen­ded An­tonio Bar­ragan. Swedish Man­chester Uni­ted marks­man Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal con­tro­ver­sially dis­al­lowed for a high foot sev­en min­utes ahead of the in­ter­val and in­stead it was Middles­brough who took the ad­vant­age ag­ainst the flow of play thanks to an op­por­tun­ist­ic clo­se ran­ge fin­ish from Grant Lead­bit­ter in the 67th min­ute of the New Year´s Eve clash. But wi­th the mat­ch ap­proach­ing its con­clu­sion, Man­chester Uni­ted staged a late come­back as An­thony Mar­tial and Paul Po­gba fou­nd the back of the net in the 85th and 86th min­utes re­spect­ively. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Eric Bailly, Chris Small­ing, Da­ley Bli­nd, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, An­der Her­rera, Paul Po­gba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hen­rikh Mkhitary­an, An­thony Mar­tial. Sub­stitutes: Mar­cos Rojo, Ju­an Ma­ta, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Phil Jones, Jesse Lin­gard, Basti­an Sch­wein­steiger, Ser­gio Rom­ero. Middles­brough Te­am: Víct­or Valdes, Ge­orge Friend, Bern­ardo Es­pinosa, Ben­jamin Gib­son, Calum Cham­bers, Marten de Roon, Grant Lead­bit­ter, Stew­art Down­ing, Ad­am For­shaw, Al­varo Negredo, Adama Traore. Sub­stitutes: Fa­bio, Ad­am Clay­ton, Gaston Ramirez, Dan­iel Ay­ala, Jor­dan Rhodes, Cris­thi­an Stu­ani, Brad Guzan.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted, then play­ing un­der the name of New­ton Heath, de­feated Middles­brough 4-0 in a Sec­ond Di­vi­sion fix­ture at Bank Street the 8th of Septem­ber 1900 wi­th goals com­ing from for­wards Wil­li­am Jack­son and Tho­mas Leigh, cent­ral de­fender Wil­li­am Grif­fiths, and left wing­er John Grundy.


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