Manchester United trio end scoring droughts in win against Middlesbrough
A victory away at Middlesbrough on Sunday was particularly satisfying for the three Manchester United players who scored.
Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia all found the back of the net in the 3-1 victory -- and in turn ended significant scoring droughts.
Fellaini scored first, directing a header that beat Victor Valdes at the far post in the 30th minute. Making his ninth start in a Premier League game this season (and his first since Nov. 6 against Swansea City), the midfielder scored for the first time in 31 league games, returning to the scoresheet for the first time since Dec. 12, 2015.
It was the Belgium international's eighth Premier League goal in four seasons with United -- and half of them have been headers.
Lingard, whose goal proved to be the winner, scored his first Premier League goal in 29 games, ending a drought that began on Feb. 7, 2016. He beat Valdes in the 62nd minute, finding the top corner with a powerful strike. The 24-year-old had scored six times in between his two most recent Premier League strikes -- most notably the winner in last season's FA Cup final and in this season's Community Shield.
Yet it was Valencia's goal that caused Jose Mourinho to leap on the touchline in celebration. The midfielder capitalised on a mistake by Valdes three minutes into injury time, effortlessly poking the ball into the net after the goalkeeper slipped.
The goal marked the first time Valencia had scored for his club since Jan. 11, 2014 -- a span of 80 Premier League games and 107 in all competitions. He since scored a pair of goals for Ecuador, including one in the Copa America against Haiti on June 12, 2016.
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