- United unbeaten in 23 PL games
- Red Devils one point off top four
- Martial, Rooney on target in first half
- Burnley five points off bottom three
An injury-hit Manchester United beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday to keep their hopes of a top four finish well and truly alive.
First half goals from the excellent Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney did the damage as Jose Mourinho’s men go into Thursday’s Manchester derby against City just one point and one place behind their crosstown rivals.
With the win United move on to 63 points, while Burnley remain on 36 and are just five points above the relegation zone after another inept display in attack.
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Early on United missed a massive chance as Anthony Martial’s surge into the box found Ander Herrera and he fed the ball to Rooney but he couldn’t trouble Tom Heaton from close range.
Marouane Fellaini then had a free header from a corner but nodded it down straight at Heaton who again saved from close range.
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Rooney then sent a cross inches over the bar as United hit Burnley on the counter and that was to become a theme of the game. On the next counter Martial broke, played a one-two with Herrera and the Frenchman finished superbly to make it 1-0.
Before half time Ben Mee went close to getting on the end of Robbie Brady‘s free kick but then Rooney made it 2-0 as good build up play from Paul Pogba set in Martial and his shot deflected off Heaton and straight to Rooney who nudged the ball over the line.
Andre Gray then had a shot deflected wide as Burnley always looked dangerous from set pieces but United were clinical.
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In the second half United stayed solid and Pogba had a rasping drive pushed away by Heaton.
The home side failed to create any real clear cut chances with Michael Keane heading across goal but nobody was attacking the second ball.
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Late on Marcus Rashford, on as a sub, raced clear and forced Heaton into a fine stop at his near post as United ran out comfortable winners but Pogba limping off in the 90th minute will leave Mourinho concerned about even more injuries to his squad.