Talking points from Kenilworth Road

Sunday 18 February 2024 18:55

Not many sights excite, thrill and keep you on the edge of your seat like a Manchester United away win.

United rushed into a two-goal lead at Kenilworth Road, as Rasmus Hojlund's quickfire brace put Erik ten Hag's side into the driving seat, before Carlton Morris grabbed one back for the hosts, in a game that the Reds eventually saw out 2-1.

An action-packed encounter had it all in the second half, with Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford all going close to making the victory a little more comfortable.

As we head back to Manchester, plenty of discussion points arose from Bedfordshire and below you can delve into our take on them all...

Report: Luton 1 United 2


Rasmus Hojlund's early double is enough to secure another win on the road for Erik ten Hag's Reds.


Hojlund's goalscoring exploits show no sign of slowing down, as the Dane wonderfully opened the scoring after just 37 seconds. Latching on to an error from Amari'i Bell, Hojlund glided past Luton goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski and notched his sixth successive Premier League goal, becoming the youngest player in the division's history to do so. Here's to hoping we see plenty more goals in Red for our no.11 over the years!


With just under 12,000 fans crammed inside Kenilworth Road on a surprisingly pleasant Sunday evening for February, the new renovations around the Hatters home ground certainly haven't dampened spirits in terms of the reception you can expect. Buoyant, vociferous and eager to will their team on, Rob Edwards' side may not be one of the 'big boys' but what you can expect is 90 minutes of pure emotion. The 41-year-old and his team were lauded after the full-time whistle and you can sense the Hatters won't be going down quietly in their quest for safety this season.


Ten Hag's men are slowly but surely building steady momentum in 2024 and yet another win on the road typifies the morale and team spirit Erik ten Hag is starting to build in the dressing room. Asked questions throughout large periods of our encounter with the Hatters, United stood firm to the challenge and you could really sense the togetherness running through the squad, with celebratory congratulations for every tackle, header and block.


The Hatters provided much of the entertainment after going 2-0 behind and forced United into several cautions with their drives forward. Jonny Evans and Scott McTominay were both introduced at the break and provided a cool head for much of the second period. Evans time and again took the sting out of the game defensively with his vital top-flight experience, while Scott's tireless midfield work ethic proved both were worthy of their introductions.

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Crammed into the Oak Road Stand away to the left of the press box, United's support was in fine fettle. With an estimated 13,000 fans said to have applied for just 1,100 tickets, those in attendance certainly made the most of their experience and the joy of watching the Reds on the road remains, as we made it five successive away triumphs on the spin in all competitions.


For any neutral watching on, you could argue this was been one of the most back-and-forth Premier League contests of the season. With the game hanging in the balance from the 14th minute onwards, both sides created a whole host of clear-cut chances that only further added to the ebb and flow of the game. A seven-goal thriller at Wolves and an action-packed contest at Villa Park preceded this game and anyone lucky enough to be in attendance will tell you entertainment with the Reds is never too far away.


As abstract as it sounds to take away from the game, I doff my ha to whoever had control of Luton's PA and music selection.The full-time anthem was Tears for Fears' 1985 belter 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' and it's certainly an aspiration I'm sure most United fans would share the sentiment around. Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' soon rang out after, completing what I could only sum up as a wonderful post-match tracklist.