Burnley vs Manchester United promised to be a mouth-watering clash, in the light of the fact that the two teams engaged in an exciting 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture. It was a fascinating encounter altogether, and United ended up on the right side of the scoreline.
Burnley vs Manchester United – Main events:
Home lineup: Nick Pope; Phil Bardsley, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Jack Cork, Steven Defour; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jeff Hendrick (Sam Vokes, 81′), Scott Arfield (Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, 81′); Ashley Barnes (Nahki Wells, 89′).
Away lineup: David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata (Marouane Fellaini, 72′), Jesse Lingard (Marcus Rashford, 79′), Anthony Martial (Ander Herrera, 90’+3′); Romelu Lukaku.
Goals: Martial (54′), Lingard (81′).
Yellow cards: Mee (31′), Bardsley (67′), Defour (69′), Pogba (69′), Matic (76′), Valencia (90’+2′).
The home side started well and within the first few minutes, they raised their first attack, following a midfield mistake by Pogba. But, the Barnes shot was blocked by Jones. United, towards the other end, tried to break the deadlock with some perfect passing. Unfortunately, the finishing touch was missing from Lukaku and co.
The story remained the same for the rest of the first half. Both sides passed well, created chances but in the end, they had to stop in front of resilient defending of the two sets of defenders. The halftime score of Burnley vs Manchester United remained goalless and the viewers were in for an exciting second half. The match, most certainly, lived up to the expectations after the break.
The visitors were more determined, and an effect was imminent. Ten minutes into the second half, Lukaku used his strength to hold on to the ball before sending a delightful pass to Martial. The Frenchman took a touch inside the box and then, a perfectly executed shot gave United a welcome lead. A couple of minutes later, the hosts got a brilliant chance with a freekick just outside the Manchester United box. It reminded everyone of the fantastic goal Defour scored in the reverse leg, but this time, the chance was not converted. It was, however, a fabulous shot by Gudmundsson and it successfully beat De Gea. But, in the end, it could only hit the post and the score was still 0-1.
About fifteen minutes after the above, the Clarets got one of their best chances of the game. A fierce pass from the right went through the United box and it only needed a gentle touch from the Burnley players. Much to the dismay of the home fans, no one could do that and the away side were still hanging on to the lead.
In the last ten minutes of the game, Mourinho’s men created some more chances, and drew important saves from Pope. Burnley also tried to restore parity. But, despite their repeated attempts, the final scoreline of Burnley vs Manchester United remained 0-1 and the league’s second boys reduced the point difference (with Manchester City) to nine, at the top of the table.
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