After three defeats in competitive matches, Manchester United won 1-0 at Burnley FC. In an often tough game, a stroke of genius from Bruno Fernandes was enough
Burnley coach Vincent Kompany had to replace the red-banned Foster and brought on Ramsey in his place. United coach Erik ten Hag made three changes from the 4-3 defeat in Munich in the Champions League. In place of Martinez (suspension), Pellistri and Eriksen (both benched), Evans, McTominay and Hannibal came into the starting line-up.
Burnley start better but United’s Fernandes scores eye-catching goal
The hosts got off to the better start. Amdouni failed first with a header against Onana (10.), then from a few metres at the post (17.). ManUnited’s Evans did better a little later after Burnley’s backline had left him completely unmarked after a corner. The veteran headed in for what was supposed to be the lead (25th). However, the VAR had its say. The goal was disallowed due to Höjlund’s offside position.
Nevertheless, the visitors from Manchester got more and more upper water. But it took a stroke of genius from Bruno Fernandes to give them a 1-0 lead. Shortly before the break, the Portuguese took a long ball from Evans directly and finished into the left corner (45.+1). Trafford had no chance against the well-placed low shot.
Burnley can think of little, ManUnited manage to break free
After the break, the visitors were mainly concerned with staying safe. Burnley didn’t have much to counter that despite having more possession. Instead, Höjlund was twice just inches short of making it 2-0 (50th, 59th). So Burnley stayed in the game – and Kompany rang in the final offensive with a three-man change. More than half chances by the jokers Berge (81.) and Rodriguez (84.), as well as a too central shot by Benson (90.+4) were not enough for the promoted team.
United celebrated a victory after three consecutive defeats. It was the third win in the league and the Red Devils climbed up to eighth place in the table. Burnley are bottom of the table with just one point.
The Clarets now face Salford City in the League Cup during the week before continuing in the league at Newcastle United on Saturday. ManUnited face Crystal Palace in both the cup and the league on Saturday.