Middlesbrough vs Manchester City live: Score and updates from the Riverside as City try to secure a place in the top four

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City shaded the Manchester derby on Thursday but failed to convert any of the chances that came their way. They’re still one point ahead of United and five clear of Arsenal in the race for fourth after the 0-0 stalemate, and they’ll see their final away trip of the season at The Riverside as a glorious opportunity to tighten their grip on Champions League qualification.

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our live coverage of Manchester United vs Swansea from Old Trafford.
The team news is in from Old Trafford.
Skipper Wayne Rooney starts with Anthony Martial keeping his place. Jesse Lingard returns with youngster Scott McTominay named on the bench for the first time.
Jose Mourinho does love to blood young players after all...
We're underway.
For those who are still partial to a touch of the old days, United are kicking from left to right and Swansea, obviously, from right to left.
Rashford is up top for United, as expected, with Martial and Lingard pushing up alongside him.
8 mins: A disastrous start for United as Shaw picks up an early injury, 
Valencia comes on to replace him. 
10 mins: That doesn't look very good for Shaw, looks like a bad ankle injury.
United have had a switch around. Ashley Young has moved over to left-back with Antonio Valencia operating down the right. 
16 mins: Both sides go close!
First Andre Ayew nips in behind Eric Bailly. The defender recovers and goes to boot the ball clear, only to smash the ball straight into Sigurdsson. He's lucky that the rebound flies clear of the post. That would have been a disaster.
Then Valencia sprints down the right, but he's marshalled out of play before he can cut inside and cross.
25 mins: Swansea have made a superb start to this match.
They've had 55% possession and 5 shots on goal, and look dangerous.
Sigurdsson has just gone close again, this time with a curling free-kick from range. 
33 mins: Close from United!
Martial goes on a mazy run and comfortably beats three players, shifting the ball onto his favoured left foot and shooting across goal from distance.
It's well saved by Fabianski.
40 mins: This has been an end to end game.
Jordan Ayew almost inadvertently created the opener when his low shot was parried by De Gea directly into the path of Sigurdsson. However, the midfielder isn't able to react quick enough to the opportunity and flicks the ball wide.
Then Lingard chances his arm from distance, but shoots wide. 
45 mins: PENALTY! Rashford goes down in the box and United have the chance to score from the spot.
GOAL! Rooney scores, rolling the ball low into the bottom right corner of the goal.
That's his seventh of the season. 
HALF-TIME: Manchester United 1 Swansea 0
United lead at the break. But they've been very unlucky. In truth, it wasn't a penalty, with television replays showing that Rashford dived before making contact with Fabianski.
But it was still very, very silly of the Swansea keeper to come haring off his line like that without claiming the ball. 
Chris Sutton certainly doesn't think it was a penalty...
46 mins: The second-half is underway!
Can Swansea get back in this?
55 mins: Swansea have started the second-half at a good pace.
Sigurdsson swings in a long free-kick which Llorente rises to meet, but the Spaniard heads well over the bar. 
61 mins: Disastrous news for United.
Bailly is down injured and has to be replaced. He hobbles off and is replaced by Matteo Darmian, with Michael Carrick dropping into defence.
United have a full blown injury crisis on their hands. 
69 mins: Swansea are flooding forward in search of a precious point but they have injury problems of their own.
Just minutes after coming on, Montero is down clutching his hamstring. 
He's being taken off on a stretcher. 
77 mins: Huge chance for Swansea.
They have a free-kick 25-yards out. 

What time does it start?

Middlesbrough vs Manchester City kicks off at 14:05 on Sunday 30th April

Where can I watch it?

The match will not be shown live. Highlights will be shown at 22:00 on Sky Sports 1.

It’s a big game for…

Willy Caballero: With Claudio Bravo ruled out for the rest of the campaign, Caballero has four opportunities to prove to Pep Guardiola that he can assume the mantle going into next season. Bravo looked shaky against United on Thursday and despite bringing the ex-Barcelona stopper in in the summer, Guardiola must be looking at shoring up his options.

Weird stat…

Middlesbrough’s aggregate score in their last two home wins over City is 10-1.

Remember when…

Middlesbrough humiliated Sven-Göran Eriksson’s Manchester City 8-1 at The Riverside in the tail-end of the 2007-08 season. Boro’s goalscorers that day were a collection of players you’ve since forgotten about. Fábio Rochemback and Jérémie Aliadière braced the score sheet and the fabled Afonso Alves bagged a hat-trick.

Player to watch…

Gabriel Jesus: Jesus looked sprightly in his return from injury on Thursday and he will be confident of securing more game time as his match fitness improves. The Brazilian scored three goals in five appearances before picking up a metatarsal injury away at Bournemouth in March.

Past three-meetings…

Middlesbrough 0 Manchester City 2 (Silva, Aguero), FA Cup, March 2017
Manchester City 1 (Aguero) Middlesbrough (de Roon), Premier League, November 2016
Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 2 (Bamford, Kike), FA Cup, January 2015

Form guide… 

Middlesbrough: DLDLLW
Manchester City: DLWWLD


Middlesbrough to win: 21/2
Manchester City to win: 27/100
Draw: 24/5
(Odds provided by 888 Sport)