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lengthy goal drought as Gest­ede pounced on a mis­take by Chris Smalling to halve the ar­rears.

Hopes of sal­vaging an un­likely draw to chip away at the five­point gap to safety faced by a side cur­rently sec­ond from bot­tom were ex­tin­guished by Vic­tor Valdes’ stop­page-time slip which al­lowed An­to­nio Va­len­cia to walk the ball into an un­guarded net.

Goals ei­ther side of half-time from Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lin­gard had put the vis­i­tors in con­trol.

“It’s a big win that keeps us alive in the com­pe­ti­tion for fourth place,” Mour­inho added.

Given their pres­ence in the Europa League, United re­tain two po­ten­tial av­enues to next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League, and Mour­inho added: “Do I pre­fer to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League by fin­ish­ing fourth or win­ning Europa League? I pre­fer Europa League. There’s a pres­tige to win­ning a tro­phy.” AFP

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