Manchester United’s narrow win over Luton brings some relief

Manchester United licked their Champions League wounds against Luton Town thanks to a 1-0 win courtesy of a solitary goal by Lindelof in the second half.

United were far from brilliant, but they kept up the pressure on the opponents and got a vital win and moved up the Premier League table. That makes two wins in a row for the Red Devils, both by the narrowest of margins.

It was a crucial game for Manchester United: at home and against one of the weakest teams in the division.


Luton Town, however, were visiting Old Trafford on the back of a draw against Liverpool… and knowing what had happened in Denmark a few days earlier. United were very vulnerable.

“It is a good day,” Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag told the BBC. “We needed the win and we got it but we could make life more easy by scoring early on and getting a second.

“We created the chances but we didn’t score apart from one. I am happy with that and I am happy with the clean sheet. We had many chances before half time and you should net one of them.

“After half time, get the second and then the game is gone. Now you keep them alive and they can get an equaliser from balls dropping in the wrong place.”

Ten Hag’s side struggled to find the net and while, as usual, they conceded chances. Onana was forced to make a first-half intervention against a Luton side who had a few chances from that.

The clearest opportunity of the first half fell to Garnacho as he went one-on-one with Kaminski and was denied.

The crowd was getting nervous in the stands. United couldn’t afford another slip up as chances went begging.

Lindelof, in a long, bouncing move inside the box, eventually pounced to make it 1-0 in the second half and Ten Hag breathed a sigh of relief.

However, United struggled to control the game, and despite taking the lead, Luton came forward in search of an equalizer, although Onana wasn’t forced into any saves.

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