Burnley 0 Manchester United 1 – Second-half winner from Pogba sends Red Devils to the top
2020-21 EPL match report: Burnley vs. Manchester United – Tuesday, 12th January 2021
Burnley 0 Manchester United 1 – Turf Moor
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A second-half strike from Paul Pogba took Manchester United to the top of the Premier League table when they beat Burnley 0-1 away at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. The Red Devils are now 3 points ahead of Liverpool whom they meet next at Anfield this weekend.
Both teams played out an edgy first-half that was peppered with controversy. Bruno Fernandes' first-time attempt that forced Nick Pope into a timely save and Anthony Martial's failed overhead kick were two of the significant efforts on goal in a period that saw a curious passage of play.
Luke Shaw's sliding tackle into Johann Gudmundsson's leg that left the Icelander on the deck was met with an equally strong challenge at the other end when Edinson Cavani was hacked down by Robbie Brady just when the Uruguayan seemed to be running in on the goal.
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The VAR decided the first incident was not a red card and the second one was, but asked referee Kevin Friend to check the pitch-side monitor. The upshot was that Shaw was shown a yellow card as both occurrences were deemed to be part of the same phase of play.
Harry Maguire seemed to have put United ahead minutes later when he headed in from an angle but the goal was disallowed as the England international was adjudged to have fouled Burnley left-back Erik Pieters while leaping to meet a cross from Shaw. The visitors went close again a little before the interval when a goalbound curler from Martial was saved by Burnley keeper Pope in the nick of time.
Ole Solksjaer's men took complete control of the proceedings post the interval, peppering the Burnley goal, with Cavani unable to convert two presentable chances.
The pressure finally told on the Clarets in the 71st minute when Marcus Rashford picked out Pogba with a superb cross on the edge of the box which the Frenchman lashed in via a minor deflection off rival defender Matthew Lowton.
The goal incidentally was Pogba's first in his last eight games across all competitions for Manchester United. United saw out a nervy end to the match as Burnley pushed for the equaliser but the Red Devils held on to register their seventh away win of the Premier League season.
Burnley starting XI: Pope (goal), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Brady, Westwood, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Barnes, Wood.
Subs: McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra.
Man Utd starting XI: De Gea (goal), Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Fernandes, Martial, Cavani.
Subs: Greenwood, Tuanzebe, McTominay.
Man of the Match: Paul Pogba.
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