Manchester United secured a much-needed victory over Luton at Old Trafford to ease the pressure on manager Erik ten Hag.
A rare goal from Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, his first since December 2020, proved enough to reward the hosts’ dominance.
It should have been more, with Rasmus Hojlund, Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho all guilty of wasting excellent opportunities.
But a second successive clean sheet, for the first time this season, helped secure the points to please Ten Hag, less so the injury that forced star striker Hojlund off 11 minutes from time.
That is four Premier League wins out of five games for United though, even if their cup form – at home and abroad – has not been as good.
It also means they head into a potentially significant international break on a positive note given it could bring confirmation of an addition to the United ownership in the form of Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
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- 15ReguilónSubstituted forVaraneat 79′minutes
- 14EriksenSubstituted forMountat 40′minutes
- 8Bruno Fernandes
- 17GarnachoSubstituted forAntonyat 68′minutes
- 11HøjlundSubstituted forMartialat 79′minutes
- 4S Amrabat
- 4LockyerBooked at 90mins
- 12KaboréBooked at 74minsSubstituted forAdebayoat 87′minutes
- 13NakambaSubstituted forMpanzuat 86′minutes
- 45DoughtySubstituted forClarkat 73′minutes
- 30TownsendSubstituted forChongat 61′minutes
- 7OgbeneSubstituted forGilesat 86′minutes
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Match ends, Manchester United 1, Luton Town 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Luton Town 0.
Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
Tahith Chong (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Teden Mengi (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).
Elijah Adebayo (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Carlton Morris (Luton Town).
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Luton Town).
Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
Tom Lockyer (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Lockyer (Luton Town).
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gabriel Osho.
Attempt missed. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mason Mount with a headed pass following a corner.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jordan Clark.
Hand ball by Carlton Morris (Luton Town).
Substitution, Luton Town. Elijah Adebayo replaces Issa Kaboré.