Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez’s bolt shatters Manchester United. Burnley have a famous first win at Manchester United since 1962 and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side must again regroup somehow. This was a defeat that speaks of their callowness and inability to turn possession into goals.
Burnley was sharper at the business end of the pitch leaving United to rue a chance to close the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to three points. Instead, the gap is six and United’s one-step forward, the one-step-back form continues.
Following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool Solskjær brought Phil Jones in for the ill Victor Lindelöf and dropped Luke Shaw for Juan Mata. Sean Dyche made a single change from Saturday’s win over Leicester City, replacing Phil Bardsley with Matthew Lowton.
Solskjær spoke before the game of the need to bounce back from the disappointment at Anfield and a slick move involving Andreas Pereira, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata that ended with a Fred shot made it look like his side meant business.
This augured well, but the sight of Martial limping after falling innocuously to the turf was not what United wanted to see, especially given Marcus Rashford’s long-term injury. However, he recovered and rejoined United’s promising opening.
Daniel James slipped in along the left and won the first corner. Next, Brandon Williams switched the ball to Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the same corridor, whose cross deserved better control from Pereira.
As they did in last month’s reverse fixture United was controlling the ball and the contest. Dyche’s men seemed content to sit deep and back themselves to defend better than United could attack.
When Solskjær’s side picked up the pace Burnley struggled. Mata fed Wan-Bissaka who played in another dangerous ball. Once more United was unlucky not to take the lead.
Dyche was constantly gesticulating at his players, but given their tactics were presumably his this was a touch mystifying. The only peril United was in at this juncture was of being complacent but when Mata then Fred took aim at Nick Pope’s goal this seemed unlikely.
Source – msn.com