They began to play some aerial balls into the United box, hoping for some positive result, and United were not too comfortable on few occasions as well with the home team's new approach.
Memphis Depay has told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports leaving Manchester United FC for Olympique Lyonnais in January was "not very hard" and that he is not angry with former boss Jose Mourinho as he relaunches his career in France.
Belgium global Marouane Fellaini headed them in front after nearly half an hour's play for his first league goal of the season and Jesse Lingard scored the second just after the hour mark from 20 metres.
A hard test but United pass, if only just: It's always challenging to come up against a side with a new manager, particularly when you have played 15 more games than your opponent, but Manchester United handled the task well and fully deserved the three points, even if it wasn't entirely convincing at times.
United are now just three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand. United have an enormous possibility to be in the top four and claim a spot in the Champions League. We chose to defend with an extra defender, but I think with the mistakes of letting them push us too much into our box.
Manchester United: De Gea 7; Jones 7, Smalling 5, Bailly 5; Valencia 7, Fellaini 7, Carrick 6, Young 7; Mata 6, Rashford 7, Lingard 8.
United will obviously not win the Premier League, as it looks like Conte's Chelsea is clearly the dominating team in the Premiership.
Despite many considering Mourinho's side favourites for the Europa League, Mourinho insists United can not ditch their league focus in favour of Europe - as there are no guarantees in any competition. "It is normal they have a reaction; they are fighting for relegation for every point, but we deserved to win". It was very important to keep us alive.
Given their presence in the Europa League, United retain two potential avenues to next season's Champions League, and Mourinho added: "Do I prefer to qualify for the Champions League by finishing fourth or winning Europa League?"
Next week, there will not be any Premier League action due to the global break.