In case you weren’t aware, New Year’s Eve 2016 marks Sir Alex Ferguson’s 75th birthday, on the very same day Manchester United hosted Middlesbrough in the Premier League.
A fine chance for Jose Mourinho’s side to mark their old manager’s birthday with a win, right? Well, Boro had other ideas.
Chambers sends a ball into the box to Negredo who heads it down and Leadbitter blasts it home! The Boro are leading at Old Trafford!— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) December 31, 2016
United however were not to be denied, and they gave Ferguson a gift worthy of the occasion with two goals late on.
GOAL Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough (86 mins). What a turnaround! Paul Pogba steers a header into the top corner from Juan Mata's cross #MUNMID— Premier League (@premierleague) December 31, 2016
The win was very much reminiscent of Ferguson’s management.
Manchester United score 2 in a minute to turn things around late on at Old Trafford. Shades of the Fergie era.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 31, 2016
A COMEBACK WIN ON SIR ALEX FERGUSON'S BIRTHDAY— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) December 31, 2016
The Scotsman was in the stands to appreciate the comeback as well.
This man would have been proud of the United comeback, on his birthday! pic.twitter.com/9r1qBAdqGH— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) December 31, 2016
United have now won five Premier League games in a row, sitting just a point off the top four.
Just like United of old that, never giving in and fighting to the end, on Fergie's birthday as well. Absolutely love United— Jack Minshull (@Jackminsh1297) December 31, 2016
Big win that!! Feels right again...— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 31, 2016
Is it time for the Premier League to fear Manchester United once more?