Monday Briefing: United news from the weekend
Your Monday Briefing provides a concise and informative round-up of Manchester United news from the weekend, keeping you up to date with the club…
We'd grown accustomed to the Reds picking up maximum points in the pink kit after those consecutive Premier League triumphs on the road against Burnley and Watford but the sequence ended on Saturday with that disappointing defeat to Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United. It means Jose Mourinho's men now have an unwanted full set of results at London Stadium since the Hammers moved there - a win, a draw and a loss.
RASHFORD'S FINISH DESERVED A BETTER RESULT
Marcus Rashford's brilliant midair backheel to beat Łukasz Fabiański and reduce the arrears to 2-1, just before Marko Arnautovic wrapped up West Ham's 3-1 win, will sadly have to be filed in the 'memorable goals in forgettable games' folder. Past examples include a Patrice Evra rocket in an away loss to Bayern Munich and a fine Darren Fletcher effort against Manchester City in an Old Trafford derby defeat.
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United's visitors for Tuesday night's Champions League tie, Valencia, picked an opportune time to register their first La Liga win of the season at the seventh time of asking - 1-0 away to Real Sociedad. French striker Kevin Gameiro netted the decisive goal in the 36th minute, assisted by Denis Cheryshev who was one of five Los Che players to be booked. Valencia, who had goalkeeper Neto to thank for saving a second-half penalty, are now 14th in Spain's top flight with eight points, six fewer than the traditional top two Barcelona and Real Madrid.
ELANGA GOAL ENOUGH FOR THE UNDER-18s
For the third weekend in a row, Neil Ryan's Academy side won by the slenderest of margins but after back-to-back 4-3 thrillers against Blackburn and West Brom, Saturday's scoreline at Newcastle's example was a plain old 1-0. Anthony Elanga's deflected winner might have been added to at the Aon Training Complex when Arnau Puigmal took a penalty but the Spaniard's spot-kick was saved. The Under-23s played a day earlier and also won 1-0, away to Norwich City with an Aidan Barlow goal.
Casey Stoney's seemingly freescoring Reds were unable to find the net against Durham Women's FC on Sunday afternoon and had to settle for a point in the FA Women's Championship. There was concern for United forward Leah Galton when she was stretchered off during the second half of the 0-0 draw at Leigh Sports Village - here's to a speedy recovery.
WEEKEND LOAN WATCH
We're also sending our best wishes to Tim Fosu-Mensah, who had to be carried off on Saturday, only eight minutes into Fulham's 3-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park. His loan-club manager Slaviša Jokanović confirmed:
“Timothy has a shoulder problem, but I’m not sure exactly what kind.”
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson started and finished Scunthorpe United's respectable 0-0 draw away to in-form Burton Albion in League One. In Scotland, Demi Mitchell was on the pitch throughout Hearts' 2-1 win over St Johnstone but James Wilson was substituted in the 62nd minute of Aberdeen's 1-0 away loss to champions Celtic. Meanwhile, Matty Willock watched from the St Mirren bench as former United youth-team player David Gray, now 30, headed in the game's only goal for visitors Hibernian.