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Manchester United 2-2 Burnley: 3 takeaways from United's performance | Premier League 2018-19                

Suman Dey
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3.29K   //    30 Jan 2019, 04:45 IST

Pogba scoring from the spot
Pogba scoring from the spot

Manchester United came into this match at the back of a seven-game winning streak in all competitions and looked to make it eight in a row in this Premier League game. On the other hand, Burnley, after a poor start to the campaign has crawled their way back up the table putting in some decent results lately. Though United were huge favourites for the tie, Sean Dyche's men could cause an upset on their day.

United was on the front foot from the word go with Marcus Rashford coming close after just ten minutes into the game. The player who is in such excellent form was expected to put that away, but he completely mistimed his shot. Burnley's gameplan was clear from the beginning. They maintained their defensive shape and looked to play long down the line ball to Wood and Barnes up front. 

However, Jones and Lindelof were equal to their task and dealt with all the aerial threats Burnley possessed in the first half. United did get a couple of half chances later on but nothing substantial to beat Tom Heaton on goal. It was goalless at the half time with both teams having everything to play for in the second 45 minutes.

United pressed for the opening goal in the second half, but against the run of the play, Burnley scored twice to make it 0-2 with just nine minutes of regular time to play. It took a late charge from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men initiated by Paul Pogba to salvage a 2-2 draw at the end. Though it ended the manager's winning run, he would take a lot of positives from the way the Red Devils fought back. 

Here are the three takeaways from Man United's performance against Burnley.


#3 A disappointing day at the office for Marcus Rashford

Rashford was not at his best today
Rashford was not at his best today

Since Solskjaer got appointed as the interim manager of Manchester United, Rashford looked a completely different player and scored goals for fun. Marcus played in his preferred centre forward position which brought the best out of him.

However, against Burnley, he was made to play down the left with Lukaku as the striker. Though Rashford had played in that position before but looked out of sorts today, he got a great chance to open the scoring in the first half but mistimed his shot completely. Even in the second half, Pogba played a long through ball to him, which the England International could not connect properly. 

It was one of those rare days when everything that he tried didn't come off. 

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