Monday 11 December 2017

Burnley v Manchester United - story of the match

Anthony Martial, left, and Wayne Rooney were both on target at Turf Moor
Anthony Martial, left, and Wayne Rooney were both on target at Turf Moor

Returning captain Wayne Rooney complemented Anthony Martial's 10 million euros strike as Manchester United secured a much-needed Premier League victory at Burnley, moving Jose Mourinho's men to within a point of Manchester City ahead of this week's derby.

Back in action after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo to serious knee injuries in Thursday's extra-time Europa League triumph against Anderlecht, United knew anything but victory at Turf Moor would damage their top-four ambitions.

Mourinho's much-changed side rallied in the circumstances and Rooney marked his return with a goal after Martial scored a fine opener at Burnley, triggering a 10 million euros (£8.4million) payment to Monaco and a 2-0 victory for United.


Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker): " That's a darn fine goal from Martial. Sense Manchester United will be genuine title challengers next season."


Anthony Martial. This was a rare occasion where the Frenchman was entrusted not just with a start, but with an opportunity through the middle too. He responded to criticism from his manager by scoring one and having a key role in the other, displaying the type of pace, power and composure that saw him create such a buzz when he first burst onto the scene in Manchester.


Martial's opener was a classic counter-attack that ended with a goal that would have been celebrated both in Manchester and Monaco. His 25th goal for United, which triggered a 10 million euros (£8.4million) clause due to his old club, was started by Martial himself when he knocked the ball beyond Joey Barton, glided over halfway and continued his run to collect the return pass from Ander Herrera. Barton must have wondered why he did not bring the French flyer down early on in the move and incurred the less serious punishment of a caution.


United's players took to the Turf Moor pitch for their warm-up in shirts adorned with the name of either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Marcos Rojo after they sustained injuries on Thursday. The motive was a show of solidarity but surely such acts should be reserved for more serious matters? Judging from the reaction of social-media despair, it would seem most fans agree.


Tom Heaton 6/10

Matthew Lowton 7

Michael Keane 6

Ben Mee 6

Stephen Ward 6

George Boyd 5

Joey Barton 5

Jeff Hendrick 7

Robbie Brady 7

Ashley Barnes 6

Andre Gray 7


James Tarkowski (on for Mee) 6

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (on for Boyd) 6

Daniel Agyei (on for Barnes) 6

Manchester United

David De Gea 6

Matteo Darmian 6

Eric Bailly 7

Daley Blind 6

Ashley Young 6

Ander Herrera 6

Marouane Fellaini 7

Paul Pogba 7

Jesse Lingard 7

Wayne Rooney 6

Anthony Martial 8


Marcus Rashford (on for Lingard) 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (on for Martial) 6

Michael Carrick (on for Pogba) 6


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