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Jesse Lingard explains his bizarre goal celebration vs Middlesbrough

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It's finally happened - Manchester United are out of sixth in the Premier League.

Almost six months have passed since the Red Devils were last in the top five but, thanks to Sunday's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, they're back where they belong (sort of).

Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia sealed victory at the Riverside Stadium to move above Arsenal in the table.

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Jose Mourinho's men are now just four points behind Liverpool in fourth and, better still, they have two games in hand over the Reds.

Win those two games - against West Brom and Everton - and United will take another huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League next season.

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Sunday's convincing win had far more talking points than just all three points, though.

Eric Bailly and Rudy Gestede were involved in an altercation when the latter reacted badly to Bailly's physical style of marking at a free-kick.

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United and Middlesbrough's players then clashed again in the player's tunnel after the game when Ben Gibson made a comment to Bailly.

Elsewhere, Mourinho drew criticism for doing his usual of leaving the pitch before the game had even finished. He didn't shake Steve Agnew's hand, either.

But above all else, it was Jesse Lingard's bizarre - or perhaps ridiculous - goal celebration that particularly caught attention.

In the video below, after scoring United's second goal, Lingard ran to the corner and appeared to imitate the Pied Piper by playing the flute.

Strange. Lingard has now explained how the inspiration came from Drake's new album, 'More Life' - more specifically, a song called 'Portland'.

"It's a new album that's just dropped by Drake," he told MUTV. "One of the songs. I promised a mate I'd do that celebration if I scored, so I did it!

"Obviously, there weren't many options on at the time. I decided to take it on myself and it went in the top corner. Every goal is important and it was a massive game to win today and climb the table."

The "mate" Lingard speaks of is Tyler Blackett's brother, Ramone, who he spoke to before the game about his planned celebration (see below).

Were it not for the fact Lingard's goal was so good, he might have been criticised a lot more for his celebration than he already has.

The 24-year-old, after picking up the ball just inside Middlesbrough's half, found the top-right corner with a stunning strike from outside the box.

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