Manchester United v Burnley Review
Manchester United may be second on the Premier League ladder, but their form has been patchy and largely unimpressive. The ‘Special One’ has made some good substitutions and has worked his magic at times with United being the second highest scoring team in the Premier League this Season going into the game against Burnley. They also had the second best defensive record going into the game. Time would tell whether United would improve their form or stagnate.
United started poorly in their game against Burnley conceding an early goal thanks to Barnes. It was a sloppy goal to concede with no one able to clear the ball out of the box for Manchester United. Arfield had another opportunity for Burnley but hit the cross bar. The Signs were ominous for United early, as they had a lot of opportunities, without any end product. In the thirty-sixth minute Defour made United pay for their missed opportunities when he scored a clinical goal from a free kick. Danger signs for Manchester United, having controlled much of the play the score was two-nil at Half Time in favour of Burnley.
The ‘Special One’ made two substitutions at Half Time, most notably bringing on the dangerous Lingard. That move paid dividends in the fifty-third minute with Lingard scoring an exquisite goal, assisted by Young. It appeared as if Burnley would leave Old Trafford with three valuable points until late drama! An opportunistic goal from substitute Lingard gave Manchester United a point.
Despite only collecting eight points out of a possible fifteen, Manchester United sit second on the Premier League ladder. They are twelve points behind League leaders Manchester City, Manchester United remain in contention for a spot in next Season’s UEFA Champions League.
Is Manchester United’s current form merely a road block or a worrying trend?
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