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Summary

  1. Ibrahimovic on 50 goals in 2016, needs one more to equal Messi
  2. Boro lost three of their last four
  3. Mourinho and Karanka worked together at Real Madrid (2010-2013)

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

This looked like the Manchester United of old, scoring two late goals to come from behind and beat Middlesbrough.

Thanks for joining me.

Paul Pogba
AFP

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Calum Chambers plays a ball forward which is cut out by Marcos Rojo.

The last act?

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Into the last minute of added time, can Boro find something from within them??

Fergie time

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Old Trafford is rocking.

On Sir Alex Ferguson's 75th birthday, Manchester United have pulled out a performance right out of the Alex Ferguson mould.

Going behind, injustice at a bad decision, complaining at the officials, even replacing a central defender with a striker before those two late goals.

Its like the clock has been wound back 10 years.

Paul Pogba celebrates
Reuters

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

FOUR minutes to play.

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Adam Forshaw straight into David de Gea from outside the area.

It is Boro who are now chasing the game.

Mata and Pogba combine

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Alex Bruce

Hull City defender on Final Score

A lovely ball in from Juan Mata who dinked into the box and chipped it up for Paul Pogba, who firmly headed it home.

GOAL - Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Paul Pogba

WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT!!

They huffed and puffed all match and get two goals in two minutes.

This time Juan Mata's cross is met by Paul Pogba, who heads into the top corner from inside the area.

Past and present celebrate. Sir Alex Ferguson on his birthday in the stands, Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

One minute, 20 seconds between those goals.

Paul Pogba scores
Reuters

GOAL - Man Utd 1-1 Middlesbrough

Anthony Martial

There it is!

Manchester United go route one and get the leveller.

Paul Pogba pings a pass onto the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the edge of the area, whose knock is perfect for Anthony Martial to slot home past Victor Valdes.

Anthony Martial scores
Reuters

CLOSE!

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

It just will not go in.

Paul Pogba heads back Antonio Valencia's cross into the path of Juan Mata, but the Spaniards goalbound shot ricochets away.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Boro make their last change of the match as Adama Traore comes off and Fabio makes his first return to Old Trafford.

Aitor Karanka shoring it up at the back.

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Must be? No.

Anthony Martial is through on goal, but his low shot is palmed away by Victor Valdes.

Paul Pogba then drills in a shot which is straight at the Spaniard.

Looks like being Boro's day.

Anthony Martial
Reuters

PENALTY APPEAL

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Marcus Rashford goes down in the box under the challenge of Boro defender Bernardo Espinosa, but referee Lee Mason is unmoved.

Jose Mourinho stands on the touch and smiles.

Jose Mourinho
Reuters

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Match winner? Grant Leadbitter off and Adam Clayton is on.

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Anthony Martial skates through into the area, but is unable to find his way past debutant Bernardo Espinosa.

Time running out for the home side.

GREAT SAVE!

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Pinball inside the Boro area and Marcus Rashford gets a volley away, but Victor Valdes is down to his left to collect.

Marcus Rashford looks dejected
Reuters

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Boro dropping deeper and deeper...

CLOSE!

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

An immediate impact from Marcus Rashford, who dances his way inside the box but drills a low cross across the six yard box which Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot reach.

Marcus' moment

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho's immediate response as Grant Leadbitter fired the visitors' ahead was to cut short Marcus Rashford's warm-up and call him back to the dug-out.

The 19-year-old has not scored since September but with Manchester United's 11-game unbeaten run about to end, Rashford could not pick a better time to break that sequence.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Jose Mourinho going for broke.

Defender Chris Smalling makes way for attacker Marcus Rashford.

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Tell you what, the rare occasions when Adama Traore has received the ball at his feet, he has frightened the life out of the Manchester United defence with his pace.

He earns a free-kick on the right which United clear.

CLOSE!

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

United need to up their game again and nearly equalise immediately at the other end, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shot from inside the area is pushed away by Victor Valdes.

A clean sheet on his return to Old Trafford? It's getting closer and closer.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic shoots
Reuters

'A quality finish from Leadbitter'

Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Alex Bruce

Hull City defender on Final Score

A great finish from Grant Leadbitter after a lovely knock-down by Alvaro Negredo. But it was a quality finish from Leadbitter, hard and low.

Grant Leadbitter celebrates
Reuters

GOAL - Man Utd 0-1 Middlesbrough

Grant Leadbitter

Would you believe it!

Having kept Manchester United at bay all game, Boro go to the other end and nick a goal.

Calum Chambers pops the ball into the box onto the head of Alvaro Negredo, whose lay off is straight into the pasth of Grant Leadbitter.

The Boro skipper sets himself and drills a low finish into the net.

Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho are stunned.

Grant Leadbitter scores
Reuters

GOOD SAVE!

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Boro continue to survive.

This time Ander Herrera finds Anthony Martial on the edge of the box with a fizzing pass, but the Frenchman's curling effort, one of those where he is trying to get it into the opposite corner, does not have enough bend and is easy for Victor Valdes to gather.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Jose Mourinho makes two changes.

Marcos Rojo and Juan Mata ON.

Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini OFF.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

First sub of the game.

Gaston Ramirez is summoned and sent on in place of Stewart Downing. The former England international is, let's say, displeased with that decision.

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

A hairy moment for Boro, as Ben Gibson sticks a leg out to intercept a cross, but the ball loops over the advancing Victor Valdes, who scurries back to catch the ball on the line.

United need something like that to go in today.

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Ander Herrera now tries his luck from range, but his dipping shot is into Row H of the Stretford End.

An hour gone.

Can United score, they always score...don't they?

Jose's just not happy

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho is simmering.

When the ball goes out of play he is starting to get agitated if it doesn't come back quickly enough from the ball boys or the crowd, depending where it has gone.

He is complaining to the fourth official regularly.

His frustration, beyond Zlatan Ibrahimovic's disallowed goal, seems to centre around Middlesbrough and their perceived time wasting.

Be interesting to see how this unfolds.

Jose Mourinho
Reuters

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

The loudest cheer of the contest goes up from the Manchester United supporters after referee Lee Mason awards a decision in their favour.

Ironic cheers, oh so hilarious.

YELLOW CARD

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

First booking of the game goes to Daley Blind, who trips Adama Traore on the half way line.

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

At the other end, Adam Forshaw cannot find the target with a low shot from the edge of the box.

Can Boro nick on against the run of play?

CLOSE!

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Paul Pogba strides from half way to the edge of the area before feeding his BFF Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swede's cross-come-shot is into the path of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who pokes wide.

He was offside anyway.

CLOSE!

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are on a level.

The Frenchman teases the Boro defence before playing the ball through to his buddy, but Ibrahimovic's shot from six yards out is blocked by Victor Valdes.

From the corner, Pogba attempts another overhead kick but it sails wide of goal.

This could turn into a frustrating afternoon for the Reds if they don't find the back of the net soon.

Paul Pogba shoots
Reuters

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Anthony Martial sets Daley Blind free on the left, but the Dutchman's cross flies across the box and evades all his team-mates.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic throws his arms in the air, he ain't happy.

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Manchester United getting back into the groove and earn their eighth corner of the game.

Again, referee Lee Mason feels there is a high foot as Paul Pogba challenges George Friend in the area, with the Boro man stooping to head the ball away.

Should the goal have stood?

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

The media room at Old Trafford is populated by press and former players and managers on game day.

The half-time chatter centred around the goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought he had scored.

Not one person in there I spoke to thought referee Lee Mason was right to rule it out.

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
AFP

KICK-OFF

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Back under way at Old Trafford. Can Manchester United find the breakthrough?

Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is back out early and takes his place in the dugout. 

This is his facial expression: 😠😠😠