Luton Town were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford after a Victor Lindelof goal won the day for the hosts.
Having come close to beating Liverpool in their last outing, Luton narrowly lost out to another of the Premier League’s giants, and although the Hatters did pose problems for their hosts, they were unable to take rewards.
Defeat in Manchester combined with victory for Bournemouth over Newcastle in the late kick-off means the Hatters now find themselves in the bottom 3 ahead of the upcoming international break.
Luton arrived at Old Trafford to take on a Manchester United team who had won 3 of their previous 4 in the Premier League, but were reeling after recent losses in the Carabao Cup and Champions League.
The home side began on the front-foot, with Marcus Rashford blazing a volley off-target before Thomas Kaminski made a fine stop after Rasmus Hojlund had got to Rashford’s deflected cross first.
Alejandro Garnacho would hit a curling strike off target, before Luton had their first major chance when a long-ranger by Chiedozie Ogbene was straight at Andre Onana.
Closer still was Carlton Morris, as Luton had a foray forward that saw Issa Kabore pick out Morris for a free header in front of the Stretford End, where his header was thwarted by Onana.
Onana would also deny Andros Townsend’s hit from range, before Garnacho spurned a chance, as the home side’s winger was found in space but wanted extra touches and saw Kabore come back to block before he could shoot.
Manchester United started the second half brightly enough, with Hojlund heading wide when well-placed at a free-kick before they eventually opened the scoring just before the hour.
After Luton couldn’t fully clear a corner, Rashford’s follow-up cross was deflected back to Lindelof, who rifled into the roof of the net for his first Premier League goal since December 2020.
Kaminski would make stops to deny Rashford and Scott McTominay as the home side sought the comfort of a two goal cushion.
As the game moved into eight minutes of added time, Luton began to up the ante in their search for an equaliser, with the pressure on the hosts getting to the point where home boss Erik ten Hag got booked for dissent.
But the best chance saw former Manchester United defender Teden Mengi denied by Onana simply enough, as the home side ground out the win.
Luton’s next contest takes place in two weeks time, when they welcome Crystal Palace to Kenilworth Road on November 25th in the last game of the month and before a busy December that contains seven Premier League matches.