6 Valdes: Kept Boro in the game with a superb first-half double save, but let himself down spectacularly with his late slip

5 Barragan: Never looked comfortable as Young created a host of problems and was turned too easily in the build-up to the first goal

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4 Bernardo: Suffered a hugely difficult afternoon against Rashford – how had he looked so accomplished on his debut at Old Trafford?

6 Gibson: The pick of Middlesbrough’s defenders, with his passion clear to see late on – unfortunate not to have been called up by England this week

5 Fabio: Tried to get forward down the left, but was caught badly out of position as Fellaini headed home

5 Clayton: Sat as the deepest of Boro’s midfielders, but struggled to cope with the fluidity and movement of Man United’s attackers

7 Downing: Justified his recall with an accomplished display down the right – retained possession well and passed adeptly

6 De Roon: Became more of a presence as the game wore on, and played an important role in helping to set up Gestede’s goal

7 Leadbitter: Another player who fully merited his place in the team – provided drive and energy at the heart of midfield

6 Ramirez: His commitment couldn’t be questioned as he ran himself into the ground – forced de Gea into a smart first-half save

6 Negredo: Gave his all against the Man United defence, but looked more threatening once he had Gestede alongside him


7 GESTEDE (for Leadbitter, 67): Ended Boro’s goalscoring drought with a poacher’s finish and threatened to turn the game as his physical attributes troubled Man United 7

7 Traore (for Ramirez, 67): Skipped past two defenders with his first touch of the ball and added some impetus to Boro’s play

(not used):  Guzan (gk), Fry, Forshaw, Guedioura, Stuani.

MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1):

De Gea 7; Bailly 6, Jones 6, Smalling 6, Young 8; Carrick 6, Fellaini 7; Valencia 7, Mata 7 (Rojo 69, 5), Lingard 8 (Martial 80); RASHFORD 8 (Darmian 90).

Subs (not used): Romero (gk), Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Mkhitaryan.

Man Of The Match: MARCUS RASHFORD – The 19-year-old could find himself leading the line for England this week, and on this evidence, he is easily the brightest young attacking prospect in the country.