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Young Generation keeps Manchester United in Top Four Struggle as Leicester City Remains on Top

Martial turned in Tim Fosu-Mensah’s cross from close range early in the second half to send Everton to a third straight Premier League defeat.

Anthony Martial’s winning goal kept Manchester United in the chase for a Champions League place on the day they named a stand after Sir Bobby Charlton.

Phil Jagielka headed against the bar for the visitors, and later had a snapshot saved by David De Gea.

Victory leaves United one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Manchester United’s modern-day young players combined to set up victory on a day when the club honoured as great a home-grown talent as they have ever had.

Before kick-off, the South Stand was renamed after Sir Bobby Charlton, the Busby Babe who won the 1966 World Cup with England, and who remains United’s record goalscorer.

Accompanied by his wife Norma, a visibly emotional Charlton watched from the pitch before kick-off as fans held up sheets to spell out his name.

The United team of 2016 follows strongly in the club’s tradition of blooding young players - three of which were involved in the goal that provided a breakthrough after a turgid first half.

Marcus Rashford has been a revelation since breaking into the United team in February; scoring four times in his first two appearances and hitting the winner at Manchester City two weeks ago.

This time, his backheel freed fellow academy graduate Fosu-Mensah to play a low ball across goal, which 20-year-old Martial - signed from Monaco for an initial fee of £36m in September - touched in at the far post.

From his seat in the stand, Charlton applauded warmly, a smile breaking across his face.

However, in other games played earlier in the day, Leicester City keeps Premier League going as they beat Southampton 1:0 scored by Wes Morgan in the 38th minute. This win keeps them on top of the Premier League table.

Leicester City’s Wes Morgan celebrates his goal.

By Robert Muriisa.

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