Manchester United could move into the top five on the table for the first time this year if they secure a vital win away at the Riverside. Arsenal's 3-1 loss to West Brom gives United the perfect opportunity to leapfrog the Gunners.
A win will boost United's chances of making the top four, which for now is still a viable way of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Boro during the week sacked their manager Aitor Karanka who was once José Mourinho's assistant. But here are some key stats going into the game:
- United have won four of their last six Premier League trips to the Riverside Stadium (D1 L1).
- Manchester United have lost none of their last 12 games against Middlesbrough.
- United have scored in each of their last 14 away league games Vs Middlesbrough, their longest current streak against another club.
- Manchester United’s current 17-match unbeaten run is the longest in the Premier League this season.
- United are just a win short of becoming the first Premier League side to amass 600 victories in the competition.
- United have only conceded four goals in their last seven away games.
- If he plays, Antonio Valencia would be making his 200th Premier League appearance.
- Middlesbrough are without a win in 10 league games since Christmas, and have failed to score in seven of those.
- Manchester United alongside Chelsea have the best defensive records on their travels in the league. Both teams have conceded 12 goals in their away matches this season.
- Both teams have drawn the same number of games in the Premier League this season (10). But Boro have lost 10 more games (13) compared to United's three (3).
- Middlesbrough have kept eight (8) clean sheets in the league this season, two less than United's ten (10).
- Manchester United will be without their leading top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 15 league goals. United's second highest goal scorer in the league, Juan Mata with 6 goals has the same number of goals as Boro's leading goal scorer Álvaro Negredo.