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Manchester United headed to the Riverside on the back of a positive result (if not performance) in Europe in midweek.
A depleted squad for numerous reasons led Jose Mourinho to field an unfamiliar looking side but in the end it proved more than enough against a very impotent Middlesbrough side. Here are five things we learned from victory against Steve Agnes’s men.
In what has been a largely up and down season one man has been a beacon of consistency. Antonio Valencia has developed into a fine full-back and has become one of Mourinho’s most trusted men.
It was another typically energetic and physical display at the Riverside rewarded very late on with a goal. Issues at left-back continue for the Reds but the Ecuadorian really has made the right-back birth his own.
2. Squad Depth
Suspensions and untimely injuries on the back of a crowded schedule undoubtedly played their part on Sunday afternoon. Jose Mourinho was forced into numerous changes and the depth of United‘s squad was tested.
On the whole United’s fringe men did more than enough and secured a vital three points albeit against a woeful Middlesbrough side.
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