Result: Burnley 0-1 Manchester United
Date: 12 January 2021
Venue: Turf Moor
Manchester United opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings with a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday evening.
There were two alterations to the United team. Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani were named in the starting line-up, while Scott McTominay and Fred dropped to the bench.
Straight from the kick off, Matt Lowton launched a long pass forward which Harvey Barnes was able to nod down. Robbie Brady latched onto the loose ball and fired over the bar from the edge of the box.
Luke Shaw found a yard of space down the left flank in the 17th minute and drove a low cross into the box. Bruno Fernandes met the delivery following Martial’s clever dummy, and fired a first-time shot straight at Pope.
Burnley lost the ball deep inside their own half in the 25th minute following a throw-in. Matic played a first-time pass into the path of Martial, who curled a left-footed strike fractionally wide of Pope’s far post from the edge of the penalty area.
Martial went for the spectacular on the stroke of half-time and somehow Pope tipped it over the bar. The Frenchman curled a well-struck effort from range towards the top-right corner, which the Burnley goalkeeper scrambled across to steer behind for a corner.
In the 52nd minute, Pogba drove the visitors up the field with a powerful run, before laying it off to Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder steered the play out to the left for Martial, and somehow Cavani could get enough contact on the Frenchman’s cross, and Pope gathered it from close range.
Pogba broke the deadlock in the 71st minute. After starting the move, the Frenchman drove towards the edge of the box to meet Rashford’s cross from the right. On the volley, Pogba lashed the ball goalwards, it deflected off Lowton, and flew beyond Pope.
Some clever link-up play on the edge of the hosts’ penalty area saw Pogba thread a pass through for Martial. The Frenchman took one too many touches before going for goal, allowing Mee to get across and make a vital block.
James Tarkowski had a glorious chance to snatch a point for the Clarets in the first minute of stoppage time. After numerous ricochets in and around the United box following McNeil’s cross from the left, the loose ball fell to Tarkowski inches away from goal, although he did not meet it cleanly and tamely knocked his effort into the floor.
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