Manchester United 3-1 Burnley: Post Match Analysis

Manchester United scored two late goals and registered an impressive a 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford on Sunday.

A Mason Greenwood brace, and a stoppage-time poacher’s finish by Edinson Cavani sealed all three points for the Red Devils.

This was United’s first win over Burnley at home in over five years. They were last victorious over the Clarets in February 2015 by the same score line.

The win meant that United have reduced the gap with Manchester City to eight points, following the latter’s defeat at Leeds United last weekend.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the team that beat Granada in mid-week. Dean Henderson was back in goal replacing David De Gea.

The usual defending combination of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw replaced the make-shift one of Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles.

Nemanja Matić made way for Scott McTominay for his regular midfield pairing with Fred, while Marcus Rashford started as the lone striker up front instead of Edinson Cavani.

Sean Dyche made one change each in defense and attack from Burnley’s last week loss to Newcastle United.

Erik Pieters made way for Charlie Taylor at left-back, while Jack Cork replaced in-from striker Matej Vydra.

Dyche also changed his formation slightly, going in with a 4-4-1-1 structure with Chris Wood being the lone striker, instead of the 4-4-2 formation used in the Newcastle game.


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The first half started on a blistering note with Chris Wood putting the ball at the back of the net just after 18 seconds. But officials ruled out the Kiwi’s effort for offside.

Both teams created decent chances for breaking the deadlock; Wood was an ever-present threat to Henderson’ goal, while Pogba, Greenwood and Rashford all coming close to scoring for United.

Three minutes into the second half, Rashford nutmegged Matthew Lowton on the left flank to pass a low cross to Bruno Fernandes in the box. The Portuguese sold a dummy to Burnley’s defence and Greenwood fired home from close range.

Burnley’s response was swift. They equalized just two minutes via a James Tarkowski header from an Ashley Westwood corner.

Fernandes came close to heading United into the lead in the 70th minute. But Bailey-Peacock Farrell saved the Portuguese’s effort from close range.

The Red Devils reclaimed their lead in the 84th minute when Greenwood bagged his second from a low drive from inside the box, which was deflected off a Burnley defender into the back of the net.

Cavani added a third goal in stoppage time from a Donny Van De Beek pass inside the box, to slot home from six yards.

With this loss, Burnley spurned a golden opportunity to go above Brighton & Hove Albion in 16th place who are later set to take on Chelsea.


Mason Greenwood– 9/10 (Manchester United): Scored United’s first and second goal, and always posed a threat to Burnley’s goal. He showed signs of coming back to his goal scoring self from last season.

Marcus Rashford– 8/10 (Manchester United): Setup United’s first goal by brilliantly teaming up with Luke Shaw on the left flank. Was his usual ominous self and came close to scoring himself.

Charlie Taylor – 5/10 (Burnley): Minimal involvement in the match via the flanks and should have done a bit more to prevent Greenwood’s second goal.

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