Manchester United vs Burnley LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

Manchester United vs Burnley LIVE: Latest Premier League updates
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Ralf Rangnick: ‘The problem was energy and intensity’

Manchester United and Burnley will both look to bounce back to winning ways on Thursday night when they meet in the Premier League. The Red Devils were held by lowly Newcastle in their first post-Christmas fixture, while the Clarets have simply been bystanders so far over the festive season. With three matches in a row postponed, they remain in the relegation zone and their last fixture was on 12 December.

A win this evening would finally lift them outside of the bottom three, above Watford, but Sean Dyche’s side have won just once in the league this term. Ralf Rangnick will be looking for a much-improved showing from United, meanwhile, who can rise from seventh to sixth with victory – or fifth if they rack up a monster scoreline.

With just three goals scored in their three league matches under the interim boss, that feels rather improbable at this stage. Burnley have also been shot-shy, especially on the road where they have netted only six times in eight games this season and are yet to win a match. Follow all the team news and action as Manchester United host Burnley below:

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Man United 3-1 Burnley

Back underway for the second half at Old Trafford.

Lots to sort out for the away side from a defensive perspective; they’ve averaged fewer than one goal a game in the league season so far so today they are actually already ahead of their usual in that regard. More needed if they want a result though.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 21:23
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Karl Matchett30 December 2021 21:17
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Half time: Manchester United 3-1 Burnley

There’s the whistle and we reach the break. Scott McTominay has been the standout player on the pitch, driving United on, winning back possession and scoring the opener – plus striking the post before Ronaldo tapped in the third.

More to come after the break in this game, it feels.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 21:04
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Man United 3-1 Burnley

45’ – Into stoppage time, of which there will be two minutes after four goals. Sean Dyche prowling the touchline in fairly concerned-looking style. Ralf Rangnick will feel this is comfortably the best half of his tenure, at least in terms of attacking play.

This scoreline is good enough to send them up to sixth; they need quite a few more to go fifth.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 21:02
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Man United 3-1 Burnley

42’ – United almost have a fourth as Ronaldo chases down a weak backpass, but Hennessey slides it clear. The same forward then heads over from a cross a minute later.

The second goal, which was Sancho’s shot, has now been credited as a Ben Mee own goal.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 20:59
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Man United 3-1 Burnley

38’ – GOAL!

The away side straight back on the attack and this time on the scoresheet! Aaron Lennon latches onto a loose ball which Eric Bailly lost, he streaks toward Harry Maguire and finishes brilliantly into the bottom corner!

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 20:56
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Man United 3-0 Burnley

35’ – GOAL!

Scott McTominay almost has a second as his curled effort is tipped onto the post – but Cristiano Ronaldo is on hand to tap home the rebound.

Fine save by Hennessey to begin with, but no defender has gone with the No7 and that should surely be game over before we even approach the break.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 20:53
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Man United 2-0 Burnley

32’ – McTominay does really well to burst through midfield and feed Ronaldo in the box, but the Portuguese forward wastes the chance after a loose first touch. His eventual shot is blocked and he’s pretty furious with himself.

Greenwood is next to try his luck but it’s saved – then Wood should pass to Lennon at the other end, shoots instead and it’s blocked.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 20:51
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Man United 2-0 Burnley

26’ – GOAL!

Shaw and Sancho combine down the left and the winger tricks his way past his man and rolls a finish inside the far corner, via a slight deflection off Mee.

Daylight for United and a much-needed celebration for Sancho.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 20:45
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Man United 1-0 Burnley

25’ – A scramble in the away team’s box sees Cavani’s shot blocked, then Matic overhit a pass straight to the keeper. Bailly makes a block at the other end to stop the counter, before McNeil blazes a corner well out of play.

Fair to say after a good start, the visitors have run out of steam and ideas a little bit – but there’s still a route into the final third for them, particularly down the wings.

Karl Matchett30 December 2021 20:44

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