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Burnley 0-2 Manchester United: Red Devils up to fifth with victory

Anthony Martial scores the opening goal
Anthony Martial has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances after netting only twice in his previous 10 games

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were on target as Manchester United defeated Burnley at Turf Moor to move within a point of the Premier League's top four.

After his brace against Newcastle on Boxing Day, Martial tapped home his 10th of the season from close range a minute before the break after Andreas Pereira had robbed Charlie Taylor and crossed superbly from the right. Rashford then raced clear in stoppage time to seal a deserved win.

Rashford had earlier hit the post and Martial had a second-half effort ruled out.

Although Burnley sparked briefly after the interval and David de Gea needed to make a good save to deny Phil Bardsley, Burnley never threatened to prevent United ending their 14-game run in the league without keeping a clean sheet.

United have now taken 13 points from their last six games and are up to fifth in the table, although that could change on Sunday when Wolves play Sheffield United.

Defence beats attack

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Burnley 0-2 Manchester United: Solskjaer 'very happy' with United clean sheet

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident United can finish in the top four despite their dismal form away from Old Trafford that brought them to Turf Moor with nine points from nine games on their travels.

Apart from August, they have suffered one defeat a month, at West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and most recently Watford, who at that point were bottom of the table.

Their problem is clear. United had gone 14 Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet, having kept just two all season, and played 14 away games across two seasons without keeping the opposition out.

Yet Burnley had a monkey of their own to get off their back.

Apart from Robbie Blake's match-winner in 2009, they had not scored a goal against United at Turf Moor since 1969.

It meant something had to give in a second half which was, thankfully, far more entertaining than the first.

Martial had a goal disallowed by referee Mike Dean rather than VAR after shoving James Tarkowski in the back. At the other end, Jeff Hendrick screwed a good shooting chance way wide to hoots of derision from the home support.

De Gea saved low to his right to deny Bardsley a goal against his former club but though they pressed, Burnley never truly looked like equalising and Rashford wrapped up the win with his 17th goal of the season and ninth in 11 games.

Inconsistent Martial

Premier League table
Manchester United sit just one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table

It is maybe no surprise a Martial goal usually means a Manchester United win.

He has now scored in nine games across all competitions, and his side have been victorious on eight occasions, the odd one out a 1-1 draw at Wolves in August.

Solskjaer has been working on Martial's anticipation, believing it will net him an extra half a dozen 'simple' goals a season.

The United boss will have been delighted with this latest effort therefore, almost as much as he would with Pereira, who showed admirable awareness to produce a quick cross for his team-mate and resist the obvious temptation to run into the space he created by robbing Taylor.

Yet Martial remains an enigma. With victory still in the balance, he found himself running one-on-one with Burnley keeper Nick Pope. Jesse Lingard was lambasted against Everton this month when, in a very similar position, he chipped the opportunity way over the bar.

Martial did not even manage that. Instead he ran wide, stopped, then turned away from goal to try and set up a team-mate, which met with total failure.

Had Burnley found an equaliser in the final minutes, Martial's error would have been costly. As it was, United held on.

So near, yet so far for Hart

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Burnley 0-2 Manchester United: Mistakes cost Burnley the game - Dyche

Until Martial's goal, the first half was not the greatest Premier League advert.

Former United defender Bardsley cleared a close range shot by Martial off the line after the Frenchman had reacted to a blocked Daniel James effort but there was almost as much interest in the Burnley bench as their performance.

When goalkeeper Nick Pope turned his ankle six minutes before the break, the crowd were treated to the sight of Joe Hart warming up in anticipation of his first Premier League appearance since Boxing Day last year, a 5-1 home hammering by Everton.

It hardly seems believable Hart is only 32 and won the last of his 75 England caps in November 2017.

Hart returned to the bench alongside another forgotten man, Danny Drinkwater, but no sooner had the teams entered the tunnel than Hart reappeared for a warm-up.

It seemed his long wait for a top-flight return was at an end. But after a thorough 15-minute workout, Hart went back to the dugout as Pope unexpectedly returned.

A rare clean sheet on the road - the best of the stats

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games against Burnley (W6, D4), their only loss coming in their first meeting in August 2009.
  • Burnley have won just one of their last 29 Premier League games against 'big six' opponents (D6, L22). The Clarets are without a win in their last 10, losing their last eight.
  • United have kept an away clean sheet in the Premier League for the first time since February 2019, ending a run of 14 games without a shutout on the road.
  • Burnley are without a Premier League clean sheet against 'big six' opposition in each of their last 38 matches, last stopping their opponents from scoring in October 2016, a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
  • Manchester United are one of just three sides that Sean Dyche has failed to win against in the top flight alongside Arsenal (9) and Sheffield United (1). The Burnley manager has drawn four and lost five against the Red Devils.
  • Marcus Rashford has 16 goal involvements in 20 Premier League games this season (12 goals, 4 assists), as many as he had in 33 games in the competition last term (10 goals, 6 assists).
  • Anthony Martial has scored more Premier League goals (41) and had more goal involvements (61) than any other Manchester United player since his debut in September 2015.
  • Martial has been directly involved in 10 goals in his 13 Premier League starts this season.

Man of the match - Andreas Pereira

Andreas Pereira
Andreas Pereira provided the moment of inspiration that created the crucial opening goal for his team

What's next?

Burnley host relegation strugglers Aston Villa at Turf Moor on Wednesday, 1 January (12:30 GMT) in their next Premier League match, before welcoming Peterborough United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, 4 January (12:31).

Manchester United travel to Emirates Stadium to face old rivals Arsenal in the league on Wednesday (20:00) before a trip to Wolves in the FA Cup, also on Saturday (17:31).

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 23mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 61mins
  • 3TaylorBooked at 71mins
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forRodriguezat 59'minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 4CorkSubstituted forBradyat 86'minutes
  • 11McNeilBooked at 89mins
  • 9Wood
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forBerg Gudmundssonat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 8Drinkwater
  • 12Brady
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Hart
  • 28Long

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 18Young
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 53WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 17FredBooked at 90mins
  • 31Matic
  • 21James
  • 15PereiraSubstituted forLingardat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Rashford
  • 9MartialSubstituted forShawat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 8Mata
  • 14Lingard
  • 22Romero
  • 23Shaw
  • 26Greenwood
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
21,924

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 0, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Manchester United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, Manchester United 2. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel James with a through ball following a fast break.

Booking

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Fred (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Nick Pope (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Burnley) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Booking

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Offside, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford tries a through ball, but Luke Shaw is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Luke Shaw replaces Anthony Martial.

Booking

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Brandon Williams (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

Offside, Manchester United. Brandon Williams tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Robbie Brady replaces Jack Cork.

Daniel James (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Andreas Pereira.

Booking

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel James (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Burnley).

Foul by Fred (Manchester United).

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Brandon Williams.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David de Gea.

Attempt saved. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

Chris Wood (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Johann Gudmundsson replaces Ashley Barnes.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leicester20133443192442
3Man City19122552232938
4Chelsea1910273327632
5Man Utd208753223931
6Tottenham208663629730
7Wolves197932924530
8Sheff Utd197842317629
9Crystal Palace207671822-427
10Everton207492330-725
11Newcastle207492030-1025
12Arsenal195952528-324
13Burnley2073102332-924
14Brighton206592428-423
15Southampton2064102438-1422
16Bournemouth2055102028-820
17West Ham1954102132-1119
18Aston Villa2053122536-1118
19Watford2037101533-1816
20Norwich2034132140-1913
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