Burnley slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home against Manchester United on Sunday, which dragged the Clarets deeper into a relegation battle.
This result, tied in with Swansea’s victory over Stoke, meant the gap now stands at 5 points, too close for comfort for most Burnley fans.
Manchester United on the other hand, were delighted to pick up three points on the road, at a ground which has gained a reputation as being a ‘fortress’ and somewhere so many big teams could slip up.
After the game, I spoke to Nick from NP1 Sports to get his thoughts on the game and what could lie ahead for both sides…
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How important do you feel it was that United took the lead in this game, so that Burnley had to come out a little bit, consequently leaving themselves open at the back?
With Turf Moor been such a tough place to visit for any team this season, I think the first goal in the game was always going to be massively important and I’m glad that United managed to get it as I think it was reward for the good start we made to the game.
How pleasing was it for you to see that even without key players, United can still turn in top performances?
I think it was massively important that certain players came into the team and contributed, as too many times this season we have seen individuals start the game and be hauled off after an hour or even less having shown nothing to Mourinho. I was particularly pleased to see Martial start and score, as I think he is going to important player for us in the run in to the end of the season with Zlatan getting injured, and leaving us with only two fit strikers.
Burnley were average on Sunday, but do you think we had an off day or did United make us look poor?
I think United were too good, we controlled the play and managing to score two first goals, I think ended Burnley’s chances of getting anything from the game. Coming out in the second half I did expect a couple of attacking changes from Dyche with the mentality of going out and throwing everything at United in the hope that Burnley could find an early goal but those changes didn’t come instead opting for a defensive change which when your 2-0 down was a bit strange!
How critical do you think those three points will be in United’s top four push?
I think we had to go into the Burnley game and ensure we got three points, as it meant that destiny is in our own hands ahead of the Manchester Derby this week and also as we have a tough run of fixtures between now and the end of the season every point is vital.
Finally, do you think the Clarets will beat the dreaded drop?
I think Burnley will stay up, as there is only one more relegation place to be decided in my opinion as I think Sunderland and Middlesbrough are already gone, and I think one more win plus having that five point lead over Swansea will see you safe.