Manchester United moved to within a point of the top four with a 2-0 victory over Burnley thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were dominant for long periods of the match but survived a late onslaught from the Clarets to escape with the win.
Martial opened the scoring with a cool finish after good work from Andreas Pereira, while the Frenchman also saw a second ruled out for a push on James Tarkowski.
Burnley pressed hard for an equalisier but were denied by a resolute Red Devils rearguard while David De Gea got down well to keep out Dwight McNeil’s fierce strike.
Marcus Rashford then made the game safe deep into injury time, finishing off a swift counter-attack despite losing his footing in front of goal.
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CB: Victor Lindelof – 7
Part of a dominant rearguard that rarely looked threatened, while the Swede used the ball intelligently.
CB: Harry Maguire – 7
Led by example at the heart of the back four, making a number of vital blocks and clearances.
LB: Brandon Williams – 8
Excellent both in defence and attack, nullifying McNeil while causing plenty of problems in the final third.
Always looked to ask questions with his delivery, offering a real alternative to Luke Shaw, while his defensive positioning was superb.
CAM: Andreas Pereira – 7
Forced Charlie Taylor into a mistake with good pressing then showed great vision to pick out Martial with an excellent pass.
Unlucky to be subbed so early, having looked a threat every time he got on the ball.
LAM: Marcus Rashford – 6
Busy in the opening exchanges, showing off his range of passing while trying his luck with a couple of free-kicks.
Hit the post with one effort from outside the box but was quieter after the break. Closed the game out with a bundled finish after a rapid counter-attack.
ST: Anthony Martial – 8
Led the line well with intelligent movement and showed great composure to tuck past Pope for the opening goal.
Had one effort cleared off the line, another strike was ruled out for offside and should have doubled his tally when through on goal, only to take too long and squander the chance.
SUB: Jesse Lingard (on for Pereira, 72 mins) – 5
Little chance to pose a threat offensively.
SUB: Luke Shaw (on for Martial, 88 mins) – N/A
Helped see the game out.