The Smoggies, still without a league win since prior to Christmas, did step things up slightly after falling behind but they were unable to create any real openings in the remainder of the first half.
United boss Jose Mourinho has voiced his displeasure at the scheduling of top-flight games this season, with his side now facing the prospect of nine matches throughout April due to their involvement in the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho's men dropped one place to seventh yesterday following Everton's 4-0 victory over Hull City at Goodison Park, but the Red Devils have the chance to go back above the Toffees with all three points at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough. We chose to defend with an extra defender, but I think with the mistakes of letting them push us too much into our box. We have a target and it's important to reach it.
Meanwhile, Tottenham continued their fine Premier League home run without injured star Harry Kane as they saw off Southampton 2-1 in a tight contest at White Hart Lane. "I enjoy seeing so many good players in the team", said Depay, who has had help from inside the Lyon dressing-room in adapting to life on the opposite side of the Channel.
"I promised my friend I'd do something involving a flute".
Such celebrations were recently criticised by the likes of former United defender Rio Ferdinand, but Lingard does not pay much attention to criticism. I have matured, I am more peaceful.
He is charged with bringing back the level of success that has been missing since Alex Ferguson left in 2014 and if he can manage that then he predicts a lengthy stay at club.
"He's so respectful that he got a bit shy in this approach, it has to be us to make him feel cared for, and made him feel that in our heads there aren't ghosts". Marcus Rashford impressed in his absence today.
"Not too bad", he said. I chose to take it on myself and it went in the top corner. I told him, it made no sense, us travelling to London on a private train and Sir Alex, going by auto. "I had no central midfielders on the bench so had to play with Carrick and Fellaini for 90 minutes".
"Obviously (James) Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond have done very well so I think they deserve their place".
The first goal of the game was scored by Marouane Fellaini.
Agnew is more anxious about Boro's next three games - against Swansea City, Hull City and Burnley - and conceded he had "not really" had a conversation with Steve Gibson, Middlesbrough's owner, to confirm he would be remaining in interim charge until the end of the season.