Burnley 0-2 Manchester United: Match Report

Burnley slumped to a third successive defeat at the hands of Manchester United, who keep up the pressure on the top four with a vital three points.

From minute one to minute 90, the Clarets were lacklustre to say the least, and they didn’t threaten the United goal once in the entirety of the game, failing to register a shot on target.

United were dominant throughout – even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and several other first team regulars.

The first half was very one sided and Manchester United nearly took the lead inside 15 minutes, when Anthony Martial broke into the box and pulled the ball back to Wayne Rooney, but his effort was blocked six yards out by Ben Mee.

United did make their dominance count inside the half hour though. Burnley lost the ball high up the pitch and the Red Devils broke quickly through Martial. A neat one-two put the Frenchman clean through on goal and he made no mistake in slotting past Tom Heaton.

Rooney then doubled United’s lead of 39 minutes. Martial again involved, after his shot was blocked by Heaton, it broke to Rooney who squoze the ball through Keane’s legs and it just crossed the line.

The second half begun as the first ended; with United in the ascendancy. Paul Pogba, who was quiet for most of the game, tried his luck from 25 yards, and he forced a smart save from Heaton.

It was a game of relatively few chances, with the last chance falling to Marcus Rashford, who was played through on goal from the right hand side, but he couldn’t beat Heaton on his near post.

The defeat, tied in with yesterday’s results, leaves Burnley firmly in the relegation mix up, and this will worry Sean Dyche. The Clarets created nothing today and that spirit that used to be so prevalent after falling a goal behind, is no more, and you get the sense confidence is on the floor.

Something needs to change fast, whether that is personnel or formation, that’s for Dyche to decide, but he needs to freshen the side up for Saturday’s HUGE game against Crystal Palace.

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