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Luton Town vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction

A general view of Kenilworth Road (Getty Images)
A general view of Kenilworth Road (Getty Images)

The 2023/24 Premier League season is under way and you can follow every game and every goal right here with The Independent.

This year sees Manchester City try to defend their crown and claim a historic fourth title in succession. Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City, who also won the Champions League and FA Cup last season, will have to see off Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and the rest to claim an unprecedented sixth league title in seven years.

Meanwhile Luton Town are making their first appearance in the Premier League, having risen from non-league in an incredible decade of progress. They followed Championship winners Burnley and second-placed Sheffield United in earning promotion to the top flight.

Follow the latest action from the Premier League below.

Luton Town FC 1 - 2 Manchester United FC

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:35

Manchester United overcome Luton Town 2-1 at Kenilworth Road to make it four Premier League victories in a row and move back to within five points of the top four. Hojlund scored twice for United in the opening seven minutes to put them on course for what looked like being a routine win. However, Morris responded not long after and that is ultimately how the scoreline remained. There was plenty of drama in between, though, as Kaminski made a number of saves and Barkley skimmed the crossbar at the other end of the field from pretty much the final act of the game. Ten Hag's side now turn focus to the visit of Fulham next Saturday, while Luton - one point clear of Everton in the final relegation spot - travel to Liverpool on Wednesday. That is all for today's live text coverage, thanks for joining.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:27

FULL-TIME: LUTON TOWN 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:27

OFF THE BAR!!! Barkley gets his head to the corner and loops the ball onto the top of the crossbar. So nearly a last-gasp equaliser for Luton!

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:27

Fernandes basically passes his shot to Kaminski when he should have been running down the clock. That allows Luton to get forward, and Ogbene's cross goes behind off a United player. One last corner...

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:25

Another corner, the same outcome as this latest delivery is also cleared. United attack but Garnacho cannot turn the ball into the middle as it is cut out.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:24

Yet another corner is won, but this one is too deep and is again cleared. Luton do not give up on it and Dalot has to turn the ball behind. Here we go again...

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:23

A corner drops to Ogbene but Amrabat is on him in a flash. The referee has added on four minutes at the end of the contest.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:20

Fernandes intercepts a pass out and strikes a low and hard drive just wide of Kaminski's target. That would have sealed the points.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:19

Osho is booked for dragging Rashford to the ground. The United forward would have had a clean run through if not for that intervention.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:17

Ogbene cuts in on his left and drives a shot over the crossbar. Onana watched it all the way, but that is still a nervy moment for United.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:17

Substitution Rasmus Winther Højlund Sofyan Amrabat

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:14

United have been unable to find a way past Kaminski, meaning Luton still have a chance of snatching something from this game. Time is fast running out for them to do so, though, as Lokonga fires one over the bar.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:13

Substitution Alfie Henry Harman Doughty Luke David Berry

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:13

Yellow Card Victor Jörgen Nilsson Lindelöf

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:10

SAVE!! Kaminski makes another superb stop to deny Hojlund his hat-trick. Rashford slipped in Garnacho, who in turn played it to Hojlund, but the close-range effort is pretty much right at the Luton stopper.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:10

CHANCE! The free-kick is just out of shooting range so Doughty crosses it into the box. The initial ball is dealt with, but it comes back in from the right and lands at the feet of Osho, who is unable to make clean contact and Onana gathers down to his right.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:07

Mainoo is the latest player to be cautioned for a lunge on Clark, who was charging through on the United goal. Replays show he actually got a touch to the ball so that is very harsh.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:06

Luton get the ball forward down the left, but Doughty is unable to pick out a team-mate with a deep cross into the area. The hosts are struggling to gain any real momentum at the minute.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:04

The corner is just too high for Varane at the back post. Townsend is then fouled as Luton are given a chance to reset.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:04

The United free-kick comes to little but the visitors work a shooting chance for Garnacho. His attempt from the edge of the box deflects wide for another corner.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:01

Yellow Card Andros Darryl Townsend

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:00

Substitution Cauley Woodrow Andros Darryl Townsend

Luton Town vs Manchester United

18:00

Substitution Tahith Jose Girigorio Djorkaef Chong Jordan Charles Clark

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:57

Doughty is unable to round Dalot and has to settle for a corner. The Luton wing-back also takes the set-piece, crossing towards the far post from which United clear. Ogbene tries his luck from the edge of the area but hits straight at Onana.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:56

Garnacho twists and turns but fires a woeful left-footed effort well over from just outside the Luton box. United have controlled the game in the last five minutes or so.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:55

Fernandes has created 71 chances this season, more than any other player in the Premier League.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:53

SAVE! Fernandes takes some vocal opinions from the home crowd before delivering a corner towards the edge of the area. Garnacho manages a touch out of his feet before driving a low right-footed attempt straight at Kaminski.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:53

Doughty has attempted 13 crosses in this match so far, 10 more than any other player on the pitch. A cross from Fernandes at the other end, however, forces Osho to head behind for a corner.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:53

WHAT A BLOCK! How have United not scored? Hojlund slots through for Fernandes, who catches Kaminski out and rounds the Luton goalkeeper. An open goal awaits for the United playmaker but his right-footed drive is blocked by a last-ditch Lokonga tackle. What a challenge!

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:50

Ten Hag has won all nine of his Premier League games against newly promoted clubs, the best 100 per cent win ratio against those sides of any manager in Premier League history. The only two managers to win their first 10 games against promoted clubs in the competition are Jose Mourinho (first 15) and Roberto Mancini (first 12).

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:49

GOOD STOP! United break with speed after defending a Luton corner. Hojlund bursts through the middle before offloading to Rashford, who chops inside and aims a left-footed drive towards the bottom-right corner. Kaminski, however, is there to parry away a fine stretching save after seeing the ball late.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:48

Chong's long-range strike deflects behind for a corner. Doughty takes the right-sided set-piece towards the near post but Varane heads clear.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:47

Doughty whips an inviting left-sided delivery across the face of goal but Woodrow and Morris are unable to capitalise. The Luton wing-back is repeatedly pacing past Dalot, whose defensive work still leaves much to be desired.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:45

Ten Hag must think United need another goal to win this game. The Red Devils' defence does not look like withstanding this barrage of Luton attacks, with Doughty and Ogbene enjoying far too much time and space down the flanks.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:44

Ogbene sneaks in behind the United defence but Chong heads over from the resulting right-wing cross. It would not have counted either way, though, as the offside flag is up in the build-up.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:43

United are unbeaten in their last 142 Premier League matches when leading at half-time (W122, D20) dating back to September 2014 against Leicester City (a 5-3 loss). Will the Red Devils continue that imperious streak here?

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:40

Dalot angles a run in behind but fails to round the onrushing Kaminski, who recovers and intervenes. Down the other end, Barkley drives straight at Onana from range.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:39

United have won their last 11 Premier League matches against newly promoted clubs, only conceding five goals in this run. It’s their best winning run against promoted sides since a 12-match run between 2011 and 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:37

United get the ball rolling again for the second half!

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:36

Casemiro was fortunate to not receive his marching orders before the break and the midfielder also comes off for McTominay.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:36

Having watched a chaotic first period, Ten Hag makes a double switch at half-time. Evans comes on for Maguire, who was already on a caution, at centre-back.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:24

Ten Hag's side know they have been in a contest. Doughty, Osho and Morris have all gone close to levelling, with Edwards' side improving after the early double blow from United. The Red Devils must respond in the second half.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:22

Luton are well in this Premier League game at half-time, trailing United 2-1 at Kenilworth Road. Hojlund scored an early double and became the youngest player to find the net in six straight Premier League matches, though the hosts responded as Morris headed home after just 14 minutes.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:21

HALF-TIME: LUTON TOWN 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:18

Another blow for United. Shaw is unable to continue, as was the case last time out against Villa, and makes way for Lindelof. The visiting defender will slot in as a makeshift left-back.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:18

WIDE! Luton break with speed as Morris touches over the top for Doughty, who has acres of space before dragging a right-footed half-volley wide. The hosts should be level here!

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:17

There will be four additional minutes to end this entertaining first half.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:17

Rashford twists and turns before his prodded pass is blocked by Mengi. Lokonga catches the United winger on his way passed him, with the England international staying down immediately after. That has not impressed the Kenilworth Road crowd.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:15

Onana organises a four-man wall as United prepare for another free-kick onslaught. Doughty and Barkley hover before the former whips a left-footed effort straight at the United defenders.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:13

Yellow Card Jacob Harry Maguire

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:13

Only Tottenham (36 games) are on a longer scoring run in Premier League matches among current teams than Luton (12). However, the Hatters have ended on the losing side in five of those matches (W4 D2) and a sixth could be on the way here.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:12

After somehow escaping a red, Casemiro is now seeing the same colour. The United midfielder rips into Garnacho with a flurry of words exchanged between the pair as tensions seemingly rise in the visitors' camp. This could be an interesting end to the half.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:10

How is he not off? Casemiro lunges into a late sliding challenge on Barkley after a poor first touch. The United midfielder is already on a caution but, somehow, referee Coote gives the Brazilian the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:09

After failing to score in the first half in 13 of their first 14 Premier League matches of the season, Luton have now scored in the first half in seven of their last 10 such matches, scoring a combined 10 goals across those 10 matches.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:08

SO CLOSE! Garnacho tries a needless piece of skill and Morris intervenes in midfield. The Luton striker drives towards the edge of the area before pulling a powerful left-footed effort narrowly wide to the right of goal.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:08

Across their last seven Premier League matches, Luton averaged 15.1 shots per game, in comparison to the 10.3 shots they had on average in their first 16 matches. The Hatters have also had 5.9 shots on target per game in those seven games, a big increase on the 2.6 per game they had in their first 16. Can a change in mindset pay dividends here?

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:05

There's no escaping this one. Casemiro trips the marauding Bell and the referee has no option but to show a yellow card to the United midfielder.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:04

Morris gestures with three fingers towards the referee, and not the maximum points available in basketball, after Casemiro makes it a trio of fouls. The United midfielder continues without a card, though, much to the annoyance of the Luton striker.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:03

OVER! Doughty swings a left-sided corner towards the far post, where Osho is completely unmarked. The Luton centre-back has escaped the attention of Mainoo, but can only head well over the United target with a disappointing effort.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:03

HUGE CHANCE! Maguire gets away with one. His short free-kick goes straight to Barkley, who releases Woodrow into the area on his left. The Luton striker takes too long, though, and his left-footed drive is blocked behind for a corner without troubling Onana.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:01

In all competitions, United have won five of their last six games, including their last four in a row. The Red Devils last had a longer winning run between November 2022 and January 2023 (9 in a row).

Luton Town vs Manchester United

17:00

Hojlund throws himself to the ground after a lunge by Bell, although penalty appeals fall on deaf ears. The Luton supporters suggest United's striker is guilty of simulation, though referee Coote plays on without further action.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:59

Doughty has already attempted a game-leading five crosses in this match. The Luton wing-back has another go from out wide but, this time, Mengi cannot redirect towards Onana's goal.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:57

For all their early dominance, United are hardly in control now. The hosts look a threat every time they get the ball down the flanks, with Varane and Maguire set for a testing end to this first half.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:56

CHANCE! The ever-reliant Doughty whips in from the left-hand side, though Morris cannot hit the target when rising above Maguire with his header. The Luton striker is the first player for the club to score in three consecutive Premier League matches, but can he go again for his side?

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:53

Morris has been involved in six goals in his last five Premier League matches (four goals two assists). Can the Luton striker find another to drag the hosts back into this clash?

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:53

Barkley hovers over the wide free-kick before delivering towards the near post. Osho makes the first contact but his flick-on travels harmlessly wide to Onana's right.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:51

Shaw commits a cynical foul, barging into the way of Ogbene, who was powering down the right flank. The United left-back joins Woodrow in the referee's book.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:49

Rashford loses his cool and wipes Ogbene out after an aerial challenge with Mengi. The United winger is fortunate to escape a caution for that needless foul on the Luton attacker.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:49

Morris has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Luton player this season (seven goals, four assists), with four of his goals coming via the penalty spot. He’s the first English player with four penalties in his debut Premier League campaign since Troy Deeney in 2015-16 (six).

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:48

Woodrow is cautioned after attempting to delay the restart from United's free-kick just inside the visitors' half.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:48

Casemiro lifts over the top for Fernandes but overhits his pass out for a throw-in. Kenilworth Road is rocking as Luton attempt to go blow-for-blow with United.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:45

Goal Carlton John Morris

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:44

This is the earliest United have been 2-0 up away from home in a Premier League game (six minutes and nine seconds). What a start for Ten Hag's men!

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:43

Lokonga curls over the top for Ogbene, who fails to control and Onana races out to collect the loose ball. Garnacho is then felled in the middle by Bell, much to the annoyance of the home crowd.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:43

WIDE! United are in red-hot form. Rashford glides over the halfway line, cutting past Barkley before ignoring two outside runners. The United winger opts to drive a right-footed effort from the edge of the area but skews wide to Kaminski's left.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:40

United are unbeaten in their last 12 meetings with Luton in all competitions (W10 D2), since a 2-1 loss at Kenilworth Road in March 1987. That streak appears set to continue here.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:38

Goal Rasmus Winther Højlund

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:38

Hojlund, aged 21 years and 14 days has now scored for United in six consecutive Premier League matches and in the process has become the youngest player to ever achieve this feat, surpassing Joe Willock's record (21y 272d).

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:36

SAVE! Almost a second for United. The visitors play through the middle before Rashford unleashes a fizzing right-footed attempt. Kaminski sees this one all the way, though, and beats away an unconvincing save with his right arm.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:36

Shaw's left-sided corner causes some carnage inside the hosts' area but Luton manage to clear as Casemiro lurks. Ten Hag's side are well on top at Kenilworth Road.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:34

Chong dances down the left flank but hoists a left-footed delivery well over Onana's goal. This has been a poor start from Luton.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:33

Goal Rasmus Winther Højlund

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:31

Referee David Coote gets this Premier League clash under way!

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:27

Luton have lost nine of their last 10 league games against United, with the exception being a 1-1 draw the last time they faced them at Kenilworth Road (April 1992). Will it be more Hatters misery here? We shall see as kick-off is almost upon us…

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:18

Ten Hag names the same starting line-up, and bench, as the one that defeated Villa last time out. Shaw starts despite limping off against Unai Emery’s men, while last weekend’s match-winner McTominay remains as a substitute. Fernandes will be flanked by Garnacho and Rashford in behind Hojlund, who has scored in his last five Premier League games.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:18

Edwards makes two changes from the defeat against Sheffield United. Mengi replaces Burke, while Chong comes in at right wing-back for Clark, with both of those players dropping to the bench. However, there is another late enforced alteration as Adebayo, who suffered an injury in the warm-up, drops out for Woodrow.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:13

SUBSTITUTES: Altay Bayindir, Victor Lindelof, Sofyan Amrabat, Christian Eriksen, Amad Diallo, Antony, Jonny Evans, Scott McTominay, Omari Forson.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:13

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Diego Dalot, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw; Kobbie Mainoo, Casemiro; Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Rasmus Hojlund.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:13

SUBSTITUTES: Luke Berry, Issa Kabore, Reece Burke, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Jordan Clark, Tim Krul, Andros Townsend, Zack Nelson.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:13

LUTON TOWN (3-4-3): Thomas Kaminski; Teden Mengi, Gabriel Osho, Amari’i Bell; Tahith Chong, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ross Barkley; Alfie Doughty; Chiedozie Ogbene, Cauley Woodrow, Carlton Morris.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:03

There was a sense of goodwill at the start of the new year around Man Utd, who progressed to the FA Cup fifth round and defeated West Ham and Wolves in the Premier League, along with a draw against top-four chasing Tottenham to mark an impressive opening to 2024. That positivity has grown further after Erik ten Hag’s side secured a late 2-1 win over Aston Villa in their last outing. The Red Devils sit sixth in the league table, although some six points away from fifth-placed Spurs.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:03

Luton had started to pick up some form, drawing with both Burnley and Newcastle United either side of a 4-0 thrashing of Brighton. However, the Hatters disappointed in their last league outing after suffering a 3-1 defeat at home to fellow relegation-threatened Sheffield United last weekend. Rob Edwards’ side, who have played a game fewer, are a point clear of the relegation zone and 18th-placed Everton.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

16:03

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League fixture between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road.

Luton Town vs Manchester United

15:30

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