Manchester United defeated Burnley by 3-1 at home, Old Trafford, on Thursday night in an English Premier League football match. So, among news of other Premier League football fixtures, United moved into sixth place with the win, going above Spurs.
After the poor display in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle (the football news), Rangnick made six changes to his side.
For one, for a move we were waiting for all season, Rangnick started Edinson Cavani in attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
On the other hand, Burnley were suffering four absences due to COVID-19 positives before the game, including goalkeeper Nick Pope. Also, key forward Maxwel Cornet was out with injury.
Beside Scott McTominay, and then Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring on either side of him, Jadon Sancho contributed to United’s second goal. Ben Mee’s leg deflected Sancho’s low shot, evaded guest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and landed in the Burnley net.
After these three goals decided the game in hosts Manchester United’s favours, Burnley fought back to score one consolation goal.
Aaron Lennon capitalized on Eric Bailly’s poor touch, dribbling into the United box. He then sent the ball past home goalkeeper David De Gea with a well-placed angled shot.
Premier League Football Fixtures – United Moved into Sixth Place
Now, Manchester United are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, with a game in hand. United are level on 31 points with fifth-placed West Ham United but still low on goal difference.
But while United continue their unbeaten start under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, Burnley remain in 18th place on 11 points.
Rangnick was happy with the attack yesterday, in the first half in particular.
“The whole team performance was a lot better, I was pleased with the performances of our wingers. Jadon did well and Mason. Cavani and Cristiano, the work effort was amazing,” the interim manager said.
But actually, United, playing with an attacking 4-4-2 formation, were naively leaving spaces for Burnley to break into. Still, despite looking far from secure at the back, it was Manchester United’s optimisitic team spirit that got them results.
“I wouldn’t say fourth is the minimum. It is about taking next development steps. Now eight games in a row without a defeat. It is about taking next steps,” said the German.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche, on the other hand, said his team paid the price for some lax defending last night.
“The frustrating thing for me is that we could have made two blocks on the edge of the box and we didn’t,” the Burnley head coach said.
“I was quite pleased with the performance generally, we are a little bit stretched with COVID and injuries. There were some good performances but the details are killing us.”