Burnley slumped to another defeat yesterday, with Manchester United inflicting a 2-0 defeat on the Clarets, leaving Sean Dyche’s men closer to the dreaded drop.
The Clarets never really got going yesterday, and the fact the game was only 2-0 was just about the only positive Dyche could take from the game, because other than that, there wasn’t much to shout about.
Burnley need to regroup and go again on Saturday, when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, a huge, huge game!
Here, I will rate the Burnley starting 11 on a scale of 1-10…
Tom Heaton: 7 – Could maybe have done better for the second goal, but he made a smart save to deny Pogba in the second half and Rooney in the first.
Matt Lowton: 6 – Struggled with the threat of Martial down the right. Couldn’t really get forward and join the attacks because he was more focused on Martial.
Michael Keane: 6 – Unfortunate for the second goal to go through his legs. Never really hit the heights he has across the season. Struggled even more so playing alongside Tarkowski.
Ben Mee: 7 – Did well in the first half, before injury ended his game. Covered Ward well and cleared everything that came his way.
Stephen Ward: 7 – Gave his all throughout the game. In the second half he was pressing the United back line. Commitment and passion was second to none yet again.
George Boyd: 4 – Offered very little in an attacking sense. Switched wings with Brady in the first half, but that did nothing to affect his performance.
Joey Barton: 7 – Has been harshly criticised after the game, but he didn’t do that bad. He used the ball well and tried to get Burnley playing. Only criticism of his game was that he should have fouled Martial in the build up to the first goal.
Jeff Hendrick: 7 – Another who has been unfairly criticised. Like Barton, he used the ball well and tried to create chances going forward. Worked well down the left with Brady and Ward.
Robbie Brady: 7 – By far Burnley’s most creative player. Got on the ball a lot and was always looking to create the opening. Again, harshly criticised.
Ashley Barnes: 5 – His threat was nullified by Fellaini. Didn’t win much in the air and was hooked for Agyei on 71 minutes. Didn’t get a sniff in front of goal.
Andre Gray: 6 – Did more running than usual, but struggled to make the ball stick up front. Had no service and dealt with an awful lot of long balls.
Subs – Tarkowski 6, Agyei 6, Gudmundsson 6