Manchester United 1-0 Luton Town: Victor Lindelof’s strike gives hosts narrow win

11 November 2023 0 By Total Football News
Victor Lindelof scores for Manchester United against Luton TownVictor Lindelof scored his first Premier League goal of the season

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.

Big Sam's unfortunate reaction

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam AllardyceManchester United had 15 shots against Luton but just four were on target

On his return to the directors' box for the first time since the death of his wife, Lady Cathy, Sir Alex Ferguson was accompanied by his friend and former managerial rival Sam Allardyce.

Midway through the first half, the TV cameras panned to the pair, just as Allardyce committed to a lengthy yawn.

It was an unfortunate reaction that didn't reflect play.

The home side had done most things right as they dominated proceedings without finding the goal they so desperately needed.

Rashford, one goal all season, blazed a half-volley over from an angle. Hojlund, no Premier League goals yet, got his knee to a deflected Rashford cross but couldn't get any strength behind it to take it past Thomas Kaminski, who kept the initial effort out with his chest and then scooped the ball away before a home player could prod the rebound in.

Later in the half, Hojlund found Garnacho in lots of space on the edge of the Luton box but the Argentine's decision to control rather than shoot first time was fatal as it gave Kaminski chance to close him down and the opportunity was gone.

United continued in the same positive manner during the second half.

But aside from Lindelof's goal, driven home after Rashford's off-target shot from the calm Mason Mount pass that set him up, they struggled in front of goal.

Rashford hit another effort straight at Kaminski, who also repelled Scott McTominay's near-post header.

It left United vulnerable, but Luton lacked the touch of class to make them pay.

Another Old Trafford defeat for Luton

Luton players slumped on the ground after defeat at Manchester UnitedLuton have failed to win in their last six Premier League matches

Allardyce would presumably have approved of the direct manner of Luton's only significant opening of the first half as Carlton Morris rose impressively to meet Issa Kabore's right-wing cross, forcing Andre Onana into a full length save to his left.

He would have been less forgiving of the Hatters in the second half, when Ross Barkley wasted a free-kick in an excellent position and former United defender Teden Mengi sent their only shot on target straight at Onana.

That is 19 straight away defeats at United for Luton now, going back to the 19th century, but these are not the games on which their Premier League future will be decided.

There is still an element of 'pinch me, look where we are' about the club whose last visit to this stadium was in 1991.

And for 30-year-old midfielder Jordan Clark, whose CV includes a loan spell at nearby non-league club Hyde, a top-flight debut as a second-half substitute must feel very satisfying.

Player of the match

OgbeneChiedozie Ogbene

with an average of 7.26

Manchester United

  1. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
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  2. Squad number11Player nameHøjlund
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  3. Squad number5Player nameMaguire
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  4. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
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  5. Squad number17Player nameGarnacho
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  6. Squad number24Player nameOnana
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  7. Squad number14Player nameEriksen
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  8. Squad number15Player nameReguilón
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  9. Squad number8Player nameBruno Fernandes
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  10. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot
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  11. Squad number7Player nameMount
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  12. Squad number19Player nameVarane
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  13. Squad number10Player nameRashford
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  14. Squad number21Player nameAntony
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  15. Squad number9Player nameMartial
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Luton Town

  1. Squad number7Player nameOgbene
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  2. Squad number9Player nameMorris
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  3. Squad number30Player nameTownsend
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  4. Squad number13Player nameNakamba
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  5. Squad number45Player nameDoughty
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  6. Squad number24Player nameKaminski
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  7. Squad number4Player nameLockyer
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  8. Squad number6Player nameBarkley
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  9. Squad number2Player nameOsho
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  10. Squad number12Player nameKaboré
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  11. Squad number15Player nameMengi
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  12. Squad number14Player nameChong
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  13. Squad number18Player nameClark
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  14. Squad number26Player nameGiles
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  15. Squad number11Player nameAdebayo
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  16. Squad number17Player nameMpanzu
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Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Onana
  • 20Dalot
  • 5Maguire
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 15ReguilónSubstituted forVaraneat 79'minutes
  • 39McTominay
  • 14EriksenSubstituted forMountat 40'minutes
  • 10Rashford
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 17GarnachoSubstituted forAntonyat 68'minutes
  • 11HøjlundSubstituted forMartialat 79'minutes


  • 1Bayindir
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 7Mount
  • 9Martial
  • 19Varane
  • 21Antony
  • 28Pellistri
  • 37Mainoo
  • 46Mejbri


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 24Kaminski
  • 15Mengi
  • 4LockyerBooked at 90mins
  • 2Osho
  • 12KaboréBooked at 74minsSubstituted forAdebayoat 87'minutes
  • 13NakambaSubstituted forMpanzuat 86'minutes
  • 6Barkley
  • 45DoughtySubstituted forClarkat 73'minutes
  • 30TownsendSubstituted forChongat 61'minutes
  • 7OgbeneSubstituted forGilesat 86'minutes
  • 9Morris


  • 8Berry
  • 11Adebayo
  • 14Chong
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 18Clark
  • 19Brown
  • 23Krul
  • 26Giles
  • 43Nelson
Graham Scott

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 1, Luton Town 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Luton Town 0.

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