Burnley 0 – 2 Manchester United: Burnley Report

Burnley lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United in what was a third consecutive Premier League defeat.

The Clarets were second best throughout, as Jose Mourinho’s side relieved the pressure that was mounting from back to back defeats with a dominant display.

Sean Dyche made three changes to the side that lost their last league game 4-2 at Fulham. Both fullbacks were changed, with Phil Bardsley and Charlie Taylor starting ahead of Matthew Lowton and Stephen Ward. Dwight McNeil also came in for his first senior start in the Premier League, in place of the injured Johan Berg Gudmundsson.

United started brightly and were nearly in front inside the opening three minutes, as Jessie Lingard fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

The pressure from the visitors eventually told after 25 minutes, with another slick passing move culminating in Sanchez floating over a cross, for the unmarked Romelu Lukaku to head home.

Burnley’s defence was struggling to deal with Lukaku, who was only denied a second by a sprawling save from Hart, after the Belgium striker had been played in by Sanchez.

Just before the break United deservedly doubled their lead, Lukaku tapped home from six yards out, after the ball fell into his path from a double deflection.

Burnley searched for a route back into the game in the second half, but couldn’t find any creative spark to give themselves a chance of snatching a point.

If anything, it was United who should have added to the scoreline. Hart brilliantly denied Paul Pogba from the spot, after Aarron Lennon dragged down Marcus Rashford inside the area.

Rashford, who came on for Sanchez midway through the second half, was sent off minutes later following an altercation with Bardsley. However, even when down to ten men, it was United who were creating chances, with Lukaku twice missing when through one on one.

Dyche will hope to rejuvenate his players during the international break, and will be looking for an improvement when the season resumes with a trip to Wolves in two weeks.

By Jordan Rushworth


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