Boro’s last visit to M16 featured lashings of late drama, as Anthony Martial and Pogba struck in the final five minutes to turn a 1-0 defeat into a 2-1 victory on New Year’s Eve in 2016. United completed the league double over Boro the following spring, in their only top-flight campaign since 2009. Back in 2015, the north-east side did cause a shock at Old Trafford when knocking out Louis van Gaal’s Reds on penalties, after a goalless League Cup fourth-round tie.
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Middlesbrough’s recent revival has been based around a strong defence, with Dutchman Anfernee Dijksteel, local boy Dael Fry and former Red Paddy McNair the three central defenders in Wilder’s system. Captain Jonny Howson offers experienced steel in the middle of the park, but Boro have lacked a clinical striker so far this season, with Andraz Sporar the club’s top scorer with seven goals from 23 games. Wilder will hope the acquisitions of Connolly and Balogun boosts the figures, although it was Sporar who netted the only goal during Saturday’s home win over Coventry.