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Man U survives Middlesbrough fightback

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A tunnel bust-up erupted after Manchester United's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough on Sunday that lifted Jose Mourinho's team out of sixth place in the Premier League for the first time in 19 weeks.

There was a heated on-field fracas involving Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede and United's Eric Bailly in stoppage time and the dispute continued after the game, coming to a head in the tunnel.

Bailly and his teammate, Ashley Young, appeared most unhappy.

Fielding a weakened team and playing its third game in six days, United looked like easing to victory after goals by Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard — a spectacular strike from the edge of the area — put the visitors 2-0 up by the 62nd minute.

Middlesbrough, which fired manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday, dominated the final half-hour and reduced the deficit in the 77th when Gestede took advantage of defensive errors to score from close range.

United held out despite late pressure and added a third in the third minute of injury time when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes — a former United player — slipped as he was about to make a clearance, allowing Antonio Valencia to walk the ball into the net.

United moved above Arsenal into fifth place with an eighth win in its last 11 matches in all competitions.

"The game was tough," Fellaini said.

"They pushed and played long balls and are physical. We did it. We did well."

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.

 

Mbappe STARS in Monaco's win

PARIS: Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe was so good that even Caen supporters treated the rising star of French football to an ovation when he left the pitch.

The teenage striker tormented their team throughout the afternoon on Sunday.

He was involved in posting yet another remarkable performance in the French league in which he scored twice and earned a penalty as Monaco stretched its lead at the top of the standings with a 3-0 away win.

Mbappe has now scored nine of Monaco's last 18 league goals.

He has taken his personal tally to 12 league goals this season with the composure of a seasoned striker.

Mbappe put Monaco in front in the 13th minute after making the most of a long ball from defender Jemerson. Mbappe controlled the ball with a fine first touch, combined well with Valere Germain for a one-two, evaded two defenders and unleashed a left-footed shot past keeper Remi Vercoutre to cap the move.

The 18-year-old Mbappe has through his skills led to comparisons with France great Thierry Henry who retired some time ago but remains a favourite of fans.

The teenage sensation also showed unselfishness on another occasion four minutes later when he let a ball go through his legs, a move that set up Germain in the box.

The striker had his shot blocked by a defender and the ball was slightly wide.

Mbappe's speed was on display after the interval when he burst down the left flank and won a penalty after running half the pitch before defender Damien Da Silva fouled him in the box.

Fabinho made it 2-0 from the spot and Mbappe completed his brace with nine minutes left with a header from Bernardo Silva's cross.

The result moved Monaco six points clear of defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, which hosted Lyon in a late game.

Mbappe was included Thursday in France coach Didier Deschamp's squad for a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and a friendly against Spain.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently said he could see similarities between Mbappe and Henry, who also played for Monaco early in his career.

The youngster's talent has been noticed by big European sides and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said this week that the Spanish giants tried to lure him before he signed with Monaco.

The visitors should have been rewarded with another penalty at the stroke of halftime after Thomas Lemar was stopped by Silva, but referee Antony Gautier did not agree.

Caen was overrun throughout and created only a few worthwhile moves.

Its best chance was foiled by Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.

On that occasion a header from Alaeddine Yahia that the Monaco keeper easily stopped.

 
 
 

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