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- Manchester United travelled to Turf Moor in search of form as they faced Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.
- The first half ended 1-0 as Bruno Fernandes arrowed a first-time volley into the top corner from a brilliant Jonny Evans pass.
- Burnley kept hold of the ball and tried to string together a combination of attacks but the Red Devils held on to earn 3 points with a 1-0 win.
Burnley vs Manchester United Timeline
17′ – Ramsey plays a brilliant incisive through ball for Amdouni, who gathers it and unfortunately fires it against the woodwork.
25′ – Jonny Evans scores for United, only for it to be chalked off for offside against Højlund for obstructing the play. What a story that would have been.
45′ – Fernandes scores a stunner at the stroke of half-time! Centre-back Evans plays a raking pass to find Bruno in the area, who smashes a sublime volley into the top corner.
The Big Stat
This was the first win for Erik Ten Hag in 4 matches after his side tasted defeat in the 3 consecutive games.
Burnley vs Manchester United player ratings: Star Man
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – 8.20
Throughout his time at the clubs, the Red Devils have looked at Bruno Fernandes for inspiration and it was the same against the Clarets. In a game where they couldn’t get on the ball and chances were at a premium, they needed someone to pull off some magic.
Up stepped their captain and talisman, as he cannoned a volley into the net to score the game’s only goal. Like he did so many times, the Portuguese midfielder saved the day for United again.
Burnley dominate the ball but can’t find a goal
Vincent Kompany has his side playing attractive, attacking football and that was on display as Burnley had 61.5% possession but lacked the creative spark to find a route to goal.
Burnley player ratings
James Trafford 6.5/10: There wasn’t much he could do about the goals, didn’t do anything wrong otherwise.
Charlie Taylor 6/10: Defended with discipline, but should have contributed more to the going forward.
Jordan Beyer 6.5/10: Sound defensively and safe on the ball, a committed display overall from the German.
Connor Roberts 6/10: Struggled against Rashford in 1-v-1 situations at times but was decent otherwise.
Ameen Al Dakhil 7/10: Was heavily influential as he played over 100 passes, and created a chance while playing as a centre-back.
Johann Gudmundsson 4/10: Unlucky with the injury as he had to be substituted early.
Josh Brownhill 6.5/10: Controlled the tempo of the play from the base of the midfield and prevented counter-attacks.
Aaron Ramsey 7/10: Positioned himself cleverly in half-spaces and tried to make things happen and almost did with a lovely through ball.
Josh Cullen 6.5/10: Created chances, made recoveries and kept the ball moving neatly and efficiently.
Luca Koleosho 6/10: Looked bright on the ball but couldn’t make the telling contribution.
Zeki Amdouni 6/10: Struck the post, and proved to be a handful but would be disappointed to not get a goal.
Mike Tressor (sub) 5/10: Looked to be direct but didn’t create enough openings.
Jacob Bruun Larsen (sub) 5.5/10: Tried to be physical but wasn’t greatly effective.
Jay Rodriguez (sub) 5/10: Couldn’t get into the game.
Sander Berge (sub) 5.5/10: Helped the Clarets keep the ball better.
Benson Manuel (sub): N/A
Determined Devils salvage a hard-fought win
Erik Ten Hag’s side didn’t have much of the ball but defended diligently to earn a narrow 1-0 win, thanks to Bruno’s wonder strike and Onana’s heroic goalkeeping.
Manchester United player ratings
André Onana 7.5/10: Brave and confident on the ball, he made some vital saves to deny Burnley.
Victor Lindelöf 6.5/10: Calm and composed, defended the box well enough.
Sergio Reguilon 6.5/10: Conceded a yellow, solid otherwise, defensively and offensively.
Diogo Dalot 7/10: Cautioned early but played aggressively and effectively both on and off the ball.
Jonny Evans 7.5/10: Battling display at the back and created the goal with a sublime pass.
Bruno Fernandes 8.2/10: Drifted cleverly into pockets of spaces, and scored a stunning goal to decide the game.
Casemiro 7/10: Protected the backline expertly with his intelligence, positioning and snapping into tackles.
Scott McTominay 6.5/10: Energetic display as he operated in the box-to-box role, but couldn’t find the end product.
Hannibal Mejbri 6.5/10: Picked up smart positions to receive passes and play off the attackers.
Marcus Rashford 7/10: Looked direct and threatening, all game, but should have been more decisive in front of the goal.
Rasmus Højlund 6/10: Linked up well with his teammates, but couldn’t get on the end of chances.
Raphael Varane (sub): N/A
Sofyan Amrabat (sub): N/A
The Final Word
Although it was an encouraging display, this defeat means that Vincent Kompany’s Burnley remains firmly at the bottom of the table with just 1 point from 5 games.
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