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Man Utd 1-0 Luton: Victor Lindelof’s second-half goal was just about enough to keep the wolves from the door for Erik ten Hag

Luke Baker
Saturday 11 November 2023 17:26 GMT
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Defender Victor Lindelof scored in the second half as struggling Manchester United breathed a collective sigh of relief with a scrappy 1-0 victory over Luton Town in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag’s team, who have won two successive league games after stumbling to their worst start since 1962, provisionally climbed two spots in the standings into sixth place on 21 points after 12 games. Luton, who have just one league victory in their debut season in the top flight, meanwhile are 17th.

United created numerous chances as they dominated the game before Lindelof finally broke the deadlock in the 59th minute, the Swede smashing home from 16 yards after the Hatters failed to clear Marcus Rashford’s cross.

The victory was a welcome reprieve for United, who have lost nine of their last 18 games in all competitions, have been eliminated from the League Cup and are struggling in the Champions League after a 4-3 loss at Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Relive the action from Old Trafford below:

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Man United produce the bare minimum to avoid more embarrassment against Luton

The choruses from a corner of Old Trafford amounted to a cascade of derision. “You are embarrassing,” sang the Luton Town supporters, even after their side trailed. It was, though, a day when Manchester United averted embarrassment. Perhaps that is as much as they can hope for at the moment, but Erik ten Hag’s side just about won what ought to have been the most winnable of games.

They were scarcely impressive and there was precious little evidence to suggest a corner has been turned or that a better run will follow in an altogether tougher sequence of fixtures after the international break.

But they won.

Perhaps they could thank their expanding injury list for that, or Ten Hag’s recent reluctance to pick Raphael Varane. Because, when Jonny Evans was ruled out until December, Victor Lindelof was recalled. The Swede delivered just a fourth goal in almost 250 United games and United, who had only previously led at Old Trafford for 28 minutes in the Premier League all season, had 31 minutes to savour and defend an advantage.

They did and a relatively uneventful victory formed a contrast with the extraordinary drama of Wednesday’s defeat in Copenhagen. United needed it: partly to stop them spiralling downhill again, partly for the points that mean that, for all their failings, they somehow finished the game sixth in the table, partly to avoid historic markers of decline.

Richard Jolly’s report from Old Trafford:

Man United produce the bare minimum to avoid embarrassment against Luton

Man United 1-0 Luton: Victor Lindelof scored the winner as Erik ten Hag’s side produce just about enough to end a wretched run

Karl Matchett11 November 2023 17:25
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The full-time whistle goes as United celebrate a much-needed 1-0 victory thanks to Lindelof's 59th-minute winner! Hojlund should have put the hosts ahead with 10 minutes gone, though Kaminski made a superb stop to deny the Denmark international a first Premier League goal, while Onana also came up big for his team as he acrobatically tipped Morris' powerful header around the post. The winner came with just over half an hour remaining, Rashford's drilled cross causing all sorts of problems before Lindelof thundered home. United saw out the remaining minutes relatively comfortably to pick up a vital victory, one that moves them up to sixth in the table, three points off fourth-placed Liverpool ahead of their home game with Brentford on Sunday. For Luton, that draw takes them out of the relegation zone, albeit with two of the three sides below them holding a game in hand on the Hatters. Both teams are in league action next time out, with Luton hosting Crystal Palace on Saturday before United travel to Goodison Park to play Everton the following day. That is all we have for you from Old Trafford, so thanks for your company and goodbye!

11 November 2023 17:06
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FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 LUTON TOWN

11 November 2023 16:58
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Onana gets down to his left to make a comfortable save to deny Mengi, and that might just be that.

11 November 2023 16:58
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There is more frustration for the visitors as Morris needlessly gives away a free-kick for a foul on McTominay in midfield. The seconds are continuing to tick down.

11 November 2023 16:55
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Fernandes gets his free-kick all wrong, firing high and wide of the target. A player of his calibre has to do better there.

11 November 2023 16:53
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Yellow Card Thomas Alun Lockyer

11 November 2023 16:51
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Luton just cannot get the ball into positions to hurt United, who are looking pretty comfortable as they close in on three huge points. Time is running out on the Hatters.

11 November 2023 16:51
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Edwards' men will have eight minutes to try and find an equaliser. Can they do it?

11 November 2023 16:49
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United have the ball where they want it, pressing for a second goal rather than inviting Luton pressure on. The Hatters need to show more attacking threat, though there has been precious little of that in the second half.

11 November 2023 16:48

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