Paul Pogba’s second-half volley was sufficient to present Manchester United victory at Burnley and ship them three factors clear at the top of the Premier League.
United dominated a contest through which Burnley did not register a single shot on course till stoppage time.
But they have been struggling to make a breakthrough till Marcus Rashford picked Pogba out with a wonderful cross to the sting of the world.
The Frenchman’s connection was good, though it took a deflection off Matthew Lowton to make sure the ball went previous Nick Pope and into the Burnley internet.
Although Burnley had three respectable probabilities in a frantic ending, United secured the win to move the desk after 17 rounds of matches.
It is the primary time that has occurred this many video games into the season since December 2012, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s remaining, title-winning marketing campaign.
New territory for post-Ferguson United
In the seven seasons since Ferguson retired, United have by no means been larger than second at this stage of the season.
But they have been already properly adrift of Manchester City throughout that 2017-18 marketing campaign underneath Jose Mourinho.
Surprisingly, in factors phrases, the closest they’ve been to the top at this stage was underneath David Moyes, once they have been eighth however solely eight factors behind the leaders after 17 video games.
They made laborious work of their ninth win in 11 Premier League video games. On his return from a three-match ban, Edinson Cavani wasted two glorious probabilities and Bruno Fernandes fired a first-half effort straight at Nick Pope.
Anthony Martial was astray with two first-half probabilities earlier than failing to transform within the remaining seconds after he had been despatched clear via.
None of this issues now although and, whereas supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was proper to say no one remembers what the desk seems like in January, Pogba’s clenched fist as Burnley’s final probability went begging indicated the significance of those three factors.
VAR will get in the best way
It is just not usually Solskjaer will get so indignant on the touchline that he’s decreased to swearing.
But the Norwegian couldn’t assist himself after a kind of weird 10-minute intervals that leaves you questioning what has occurred to that straightforward recreation we fell in love with as youngsters.
Within the interval of 1 passage of play, Luke Shaw left Johann Gudmundsson on the deck with a powerful problem, which ended with the full-back sliding into the Icelandic midfielder’s leg. Play swiftly moved to the opposite finish, the place Cavani was chopped down by Robbie Brady when he gave the impression to be operating via on aim.
Video assistant referee Stuart Atwell seemed at each incidents, determined the primary was not a purple card and the second was, however as they have been each a part of the identical section of play, instructed referee Kevin Friend to examine the monitor, which he did, earlier than displaying Shaw a yellow card.
The entire course of, from the Shaw sort out to the free-kick being taken, took six minutes. And barely had that episode been concluded than Harry Maguire headed dwelling from an acute angle and turned away to have fun, solely to seek out the hassle had been dominated out for the kind of foul on Erik Peters that former England ahead Peter Crouch claimed on social media would have cancelled out the vast majority of his 108 league objectives had it utilized to him.
However, if United felt these selections had gone in opposition to them, they have been might need benefited from one because the clock ticked down and Atwell determined Maguire had not dealt with in a goalmouth melee, when the decision might simply have gone the opposite manner.
- 18WestwoodBooked at 62mins
- 12BradySubstituted forMcNeilat 65′minutes
- 9WoodSubstituted forVydraat 80′minutes
- 10BarnesSubstituted forRodriguezat 88′minutes
- 1de Gea
- 23ShawBooked at 32mins
- 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 80′minutes
- 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcTominayat 89′minutes
- 9MartialSubstituted forTuanzebeat 90+5′minutes
- 34van de Beek
Match ends, Burnley 0, Manchester United 1.
Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Manchester United 1.
Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Burnley) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field is excessive and vast to the best.
Substitution, Manchester United. Axel Tuanzebe replaces Anthony Martial.
Attempt saved. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.
Attempt blocked. James Tarkowski (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Jóhann Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).
Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Bruno Fernandes.
VAR Decision: No Penalty Burnley.
Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Ben Mee following a nook.
Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Ashley Barnes.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Eric Bailly.
Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Burnley) proper footed shot from the best facet of the field is blocked.
Offside, Burnley. Erik Pieters tries a via ball, however Ben Mee is caught offside.
Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the left facet of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Brownhill following a set piece scenario.
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