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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog of Luton Town vs Manchester United as Erik Ten Hag‘s men look to continue their recent run of form and make it four wins in a row when they travel to Kenilworth Road.

Luton 1-2 Man United

BOOKING! Woodrow has picked up the game’s first yellow card.

Luton 1-2 Man United

Gary Neville, speaking on Sky Sports…

We’ve got a game! Onana came out and tried to smother, but Morris was brave.

GOAL! Luton 1-2 Man United (Morris, 14)

Well, then! That was brave from Morris – and Luton have hope!

The hosts got to the edge of United’s box and Chong span and tried his luck. The effort deflected up in the air and Onana tried to race out.

Morris read the danger brilliantly, though, and dived in to nod beyond United’s goalkeeper. Out of nowhere, they’ve got a goal back.

Luton 0-2 Man United

Shot from Garnacho straight at Kaminski.

Mainoo did brilliantly in skipping past a challenge and teeing up the winger, who danced inside and cracked an effort at goal.

It had plenty of power but the goalkeeper held on well down low.

Luton 0-2 Man United

Good chance for Rashford! Luton are all over the place.

Maguire stepped in to a good challenge on Woodrow and brought the ball forward before releasing Rashford to run at goal.

He got to the edge of the box and let fly, with his shot swerving wide.

GOAL! Luton 0-2 Man United (Hojlund, 7)

United have a quickfire second! Two goals in the first 10 minutes!

Everything Hojlund touches turns to goals at the moment.

A corner for United after a deflected Fernandes shot fell to Garnacho, who attempted a volley that looked to be heading off target.

Hojlund, however, stuck out his chest and managed to divert a very clever finish back across goal and into the corner. I think he meant it!

Soccer Football - Premier League - Luton Town v Manchester United - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 18, 2024 Manchester United's Rasmus Hojlund scores their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR 'LIVE' SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.
LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United shoots and assists for his team's second goal which was scored by Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Luton 0-1 Man United

United look very, very sharp on the attack.

They should also be two-nil up with two chances in the space of a minute squandered, first from Casemiro then Rashford.

Shaw whipped in a delivery to the near post and Casemiro threatened, with his effort from close range just about scrambled away.

Then, Garnacho found Rashford on the edge of the box. His strike looked goalbound after a deflection, but Kaminski saved well.

Luton 0-1 Man United

Gary Neville, speaking on Sky Sports…

Bell should deal with it but doesn’t. Hojlund is really banging them in now. He looks like the real deal.

Luton 0-1 Man United

What a blistering start for United.

That was a record-breaking goal. Hojlund is now the youngest-ever player to score in six consecutive Premier League games.

Make no mistake. He’s firing on all cylinders now.

GOAL! Luton 0-1 Man United (Hojlund, 1)

WOW! What a mess at the back from the hosts. My word.

A long ball from United exposed Luton’s man-for-man approach at the back, leaving Hojlund in a foot race with Bell.

Bell should have cleared but made a horrible mess of pass across the pitch, allowing Hojlund to nip in and run at goal.

Kaminski narrowed the angle but the striker, full of confidence now, simply rounded him and slotted into the empty net.

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KICK OFF!

The ball is rolling at Kenilworth Road!

The players are out!

We’re just moments away from kick-off now.

Let’s get some last-minute score predictions in the comments.

Ten Hag: ‘We have to play our football’

Man United boss Erik ten Hag, speaking to Sky Sports…

In the last few weeks, they have made steps forward. We have to play our football or else we will be in trouble.

LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:   Manchester United Head Coach / Manager Erik ten Hag arrives prior to the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Lockyer’s adoration

It’s been a lovely reception for Tom Lockyer this afternoon.

He’s on punditry duties for Sky Sports and has been treated to several rounds of applause from all four corners as well as countless chants.

So far, he’s doing a cracking job.

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10-minute warning

It’s almost go-time at the Kenny!

I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this one. There are sure to be several intriguing battles in every area of the pitch.

Keep a close eye on midfield. Bruno Fernandes will be key for United, but Ross Barkley should not be underestimated for the hosts.

At the back, it would appear that Luton will go man-for-man up against United’s attacking trio. That’s brave – but will it pay off?

LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo, Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Diogo Dalot, Kobbie Mainoo, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire of Manchester United warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Late injury blow

That’s such a shame for Luton.

Adebayo picked up an injury during the warm-up and has been deemed not fit enough to play today.

Woodrow will start instead – his first Premier League appearance from the off since an outing for Fulham back in 2014.

Adebayo has scored some big, big goals this season.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 3: Elijah Adebayo of Luton Town in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St. James Park on February 3, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

‘Rocking Rasmus’ wants to rock again today

It was a slow start to Premier League life for Rasmus Hojlund after completing his £72million transfer from Atalanta to Old Trafford in the summer.

He had to wait 15 games for his first goal in the English top-flight as the Dane scored in United’s comeback win over Aston Villa, and since then has scored in each of his next four appearances.

Hojlund whipped out an electric guitar celebration after scoring against West Ham recently and being in such rich form it would be no surprise to see him rock again today.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United celebrates scoring the first goal with team mate Alejandro Garnacho during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on February 04, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:   Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Can Ross Barkley book himself on England’s Euros plane?

Ross Barkley and a place in England’s Euros team. A year ago that was a laughable idea, now after starring with Luton this season it could become a possibility.

The former Everton and Chelsea playmaker has been out in the cold for years but is one of Luton’s most influential stars this season, chipping in with three goals and three assists in 18 Premier League games.

Barkley’s last England appearance came in the 2019 European qualifiers and Gary Neville believes there is a chance the Luton star could force his way into the Three Lions camp again.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘A little bit [of a chance], it will take a lot I think because of the players Gareth Southgate has got in those types of positions.

‘He has got a lot of flair players that he trusts and I think with Gareth once he’s made his decision on a sort of player, it takes a long time for them to get back into his sort of frame.

‘I think for me, Ross should just concentrate on enjoying his football and playing well for Luton without the pressure of thinking about England.’

Man United’s ‘Watermelon Sugar’ supporter brings the vibes

It’s a cold winters afternoon at Kenilworth Road but Harry Styles is bringing the good vibes at Luton as he joins supporters in the stands.

The pop superstar is a self-confessed Man United supporter and is hoping to see his side’s good form continue today against a Luton side not shy of taking on top sides.

Will it be a sweet afternoon for Styles or can Luton sour the party?

Luton team news

Rob Edwards names his starting side to take on United and two former Red Devils play against their previous club with defender Teden Mengi and winger Tahith Chong both given the chance to prove themselves.

Man United team news

United remain unchanged from their 2-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend. There was concerns over Luke Shaw’s fitness but he has come through a late test and starts at Kenilworth Road.

Meanwhile, Kobbie Mainoo continues his starring midfield role alongside Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes.

United seeking to continue winning form

It seems like only yesterday that United had no hope of catching the top four and Spurs were considered genuine title contenders. A win today for the Red Devils puts them within three points of Ange Postecoglou’s side.

United struggled heavily with injuries in the first half of the season but have found form since the turn of the year and are unbeaten in all competitions in 2024.

A 2-1 Premier League victory over Aston Villa last weekend made it three wins on the spin, today will make it four, but a trip to Kenilworth Road is no easy task.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Luton Town v Manchester United - Kenilworth Road, Luton, Britain - February 18, 2024 Manchester United team bus arrives before the match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR 'LIVE' SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Scott McTominay of Manchester United celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Rasmus Hojlund during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on February 11, 2024 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

One Luton player not involved today is Luton captain Tom Lockyer. The Hatters defender suffered a cardiac arrest at Bournemouth in December and has been sidelined while recovering since then.

Lockyer is part of the Sky Sports punditry team for today’s match and has been talking through the series of events that took place on that scary day on the south coast.

The 29-year-old revealed he thought he might die on the pitch that day when he was shocked back to life by a defibrilator and has given an update on his current condition.

Good afternoon!

Good afternoon, thanks for joining us and welcome to Kenilworth Road as Luton host Manchester United in the Premier League.

You have to go all the way back to 1992 to find details of the last time these two played each other in the league and it was a 1-1 draw on that occasion. Such a result today suits neither party.

Team news is coming at 3.30pm with kick-off an hour later and we have plenty to cover in the build-up.

LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: General view outside the stadium as fans arrive prior to the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LUTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on February 18, 2024 in Luton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • GOAL! Luton 1-2 Man United (Morris, 14)

  • GOAL! Luton 0-2 Man United (Hojlund, 7)

  • GOAL! Luton 0-1 Man United (Hojlund, 1)

  • Man United team news







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