Burnley v Manchester United Review
Pre Match Analysis– Manchester United came into the fixture away from home against Burnley in some patchy form. In their past five Premier League fixtures, they had taken just nine points from a possible fifteen points available. Burnley was a danger game for them; given that they were seventh on the ladder prior to the fixture being played.
First Half Analysis– Manchester United chose to play a three-five-two formation. They started Rashford, Herrera and Fellani on the bench, which substantiates the depth that Manchester United possesses. It was a tough and tight game early with no one gaining the ascendancy or controlling the balance of play.
Half Time Analysis– The game was in the balance with the scored locked at nil-nil. The longer the game went without the dead lock being broken, the more confident Burnley would be of getting something out of the game.
Second Half Analysis– Shortly after the break the drought was broken due to an exquisite piece of finishing by Martial, Lukaku was credited with the assist. Gudmundsson responded shortly after with a shot that hit the bar, the shot came from a free kick, it was unlucky that the ball didn’t end up in the back of the net. Later in the Half, Burnley had yet another opportunity to equalize with a clinical pass being played, however, Tarkowski failed to finish off the good lead up work.
Full Time Analysis– Possession stats were fairly even between the two sides. Burnley had thirteen shots to Manchester United’s twelve shots, however, both teams managed just two shots on target each. There wasn’t enough end product from either team. Despite claiming the three points, Manchester United failed to kill the game off with a second goal. Both managers will want their respective teams to practice shooting on goal at training.