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Manchester United beats Burnley to go fifth
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Manchester United beats Burnley to go fifth

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Manchester United seized a chance to go fifth with a 2-0 defeat of Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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The Red Devils sit one point back of fourth place Chelsea, who plays Arsenal on Sunday.

Burnley’s 24 points are six clear of the drop zone after 20 matches.

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Three things we learned

1. Wasteful Red Devils survive nonetheless: Anthony Martial should’ve had a hat trick, but will be one of the few Manchester United attackers able to live with his day considering he provided a goal. With 63 percent of the ball, United had plenty of time to produce chances but often made baffling choices in the final third.

United were without Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, and perhaps a bit fortunate to be playing a Burnley side who’s scored thrice in its last seven league matches.

2. Teen left back Williams impresses: Brandon Williams played left back in his first league start since Dec. 1, and was very lively going forward. He passed at 87 percent on the day. He has a goal and an assist in just under 800 first team minutes this season.

3. Rashford gets his goal (again): Rashford scrapped his way to a stoppage time marker and now has 16 goals and six assists in 26 matches after sliding the insurance tally over the line. He’s been held off the score sheet just four times in his last 11 league outings. It wasn’t an incredible night for Marcus Rashford, merely solid, but boy has it been a solid four months.

Man of the Match: Daniel James — It was a day without a ton of starring performances, but the ex-Swansea City man was rampant up and down the wing and assisted Rashford’s late insurance goal.


James Tarkowski knocked down a free kick that David De Gea rescued from a goal to spring a counter.

United worked down the left with Martial, the ball finding its way to Rashford for a shot that curled just wide of the frame.

Martial then saw a ball cleared off the line by Phil Bardsley after a Daniel James shot deflected onto his path.

United took the lead in the 44th through Martial. Andreas Pereira picked the pocket of Burnley left back Taylor, drawing a pass behind the Clarets back line for Martial to poke past Pope.

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Martial had the ball in the net again but saw his 51st minute marker whistled for a foul. Pope saved a Martial shot three minutes later.

Burnley had a couple of chances and grew into the game. Unlikely striker Phil Bardsley tore into a low effort that required a superb save from David De Gea.

Martial and Lingard combined to throw away an 83rd minute chance to make it 2-0. James and Rashford teamed up for a stoppage time goal after United held firm against a late Burnley set piece surge.

Mourinho on controlling Man Utd win, Rashford red, Fellaini force

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Jose Mourinho was relaxed in his response to Manchester United’s controlling 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday, even when asked about Marcus Rashford‘s silly red card.

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“I really don’t know what happened,” Mourinho said. “I would say naive: a kid and a very experienced man. Bardsley is in the game for 20 years and Marcus is still a naive boy.”

That’s the closest Mourinho came to saying anything remotely controversial during his post-match television interview on NBCSN, a far cry from his past few times in front of a microphone.

He called himself “one of the greatest managers in the world” on Friday, days after comparing the amount of goals Spurs scored at Old Trafford to the amount of Premier League titles he’s overseen from the manager’s chair.

Mourinho had complained that he’s always asked to pick out players who performed poorly, but was quizzed on Sunday’s stars this go-round.

“Lots of good performances but Fellaini was fundamental for the team and together with Smalling and Lindelof they made a fantastic group of players to cope with (Burnley’s) strength,” he said. “Luke Shaw also had a very good performance, and many others.”

Oh, and this:

United now has the international break to sort out what’s been successful in their two wins and unsuccessful in two losses.

A trip to perfect Watford is next, followed by Young Boys in the Champions League, and a visit from Wolves.

Lukaku powers 10-man Man Utd past Burnley

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  • Lukaku scores two
  • Hart saves Pogba PK
  • Rashford sent off

Romelu Lukaku gave Jose Mourinho a much-needed win with two goals in a 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez registered in an assist for United, which won its first league match since Opening Day.

United moves 10th on the table with six points, while Burnley remains 19th.

Red Devils substitute Marcus Rashford was sent off, and will miss three matches for a straight red card.

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Jesse Lingard came very close to curling in a wonderful effort in the second minute, but the ball missed by inches and teased by bounding behind the goal.

Luke Shaw forced a save out of Joe Hart a couple of minutes later.

United went ahead in the 27th minute, as Lukaku leapt between a pair of defenders to head Alexis Sanchez’s pinpoint cross past a leaping Joe Hart.

Lukaku was on the doorstep to make it 2-0 when a blocked shot dropped into his path in the 45th minute.

Joe Hart saved Paul Pogba‘s penalty kick bid after Aaron Lennon stepped on Marcus Rashford in the box.

Burnley’s Phil Bardsley was shown a yellow card and Rashford a red after the latter headbutted the former following a dirty foul from Bardsley.

Lukaku was sprung on a breakaway from Pogba, and danced around Hart but couldn’t get past Ben Mee‘s challenge. Mee had both hands on Lukaku’s challenge, but referee Jon Moss did not award United its second penalty of the game.

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Americans Abroad preview: Howard, Guzan meet in England; Brooks, Johnson clash in Germany

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Another weekend is upon us, and that means Americans playing their club soccer abroad will turn their attention to executing top-notch performances.

The most notable matchup comes out of the Premier League, where Everton netminder Tim Howard and Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will encounter each other as their respective teams go head-to-head. Howard and the Toffees are fresh off a superb 3-0 win against Manchester United, while Villa put in a valiant attempt to challenge Manchester City and lost, 3-2, last week. Guzan hasn’t won in four meetings vs. Everton when Howard’s started.

Ahead of Stoke City’s journey to Swansea on Saturday, Geoff Cameron has reportedly been coping with hamstring “tightness”, which, manager Mark Hughes said, will be a game-time decision and could keep him out of the clash. Phil Bardsley, who has been out of selection due to poor play, would likely replace Cameron.

To Tottenham, Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin finally made his first team debut as a 79th-minute substitute in last week’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, and he showed moments of promise. His selection for the upcoming vital clash against Manchester City at White Hart Lane is undetermined at this point, but if Mauricio Pochettino needs an attacking spark late in the game, the 21-year-old may be called upon.

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In the Bundesliga, Hertha BSC, featuring young German-American defender John Brooks, will take on Borussia Mönchengladbach, starring veteran midfielder Fabian Johnson. Many have commended Brooks for his growth this season, and currently, his success has helped his side allow only four goals in eight previous competitions. Johnson, too, is witnessing above average form right now with one goal and four assists in his past seven starts. Hertha is situated at 13th place, and the Foals are battling hard in the top three.

Over to Ligue 1, Alejandro Bedoya of Nantes has started the last four games for his team and scored two goals in that span. The USMNT regular has shown flashes of quality in France, and he will have the chance to extend his form this weekend in a clash against leader Paris Saint-Germain. The Canaries are slotted at 10th place in the league table.

Others

Norway: Bob Bradley, Cole Grossman when Stabæk faces Rhett Bernstein, Mjøndalen

Germany: Timothy Chandler in Eintracht Frankfurt at Werder Bremen

Watch Live: Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace (Lineups and Live Stream)

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On Saturday Stoke City host in-form Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra) with the Potters aiming to continue their push up the table.

Mark Hughes’ men have won three of their last four but lost their last match 1-0 away at West Brom in a shocking display. Stoke know they’ll have to be on their guard when Palace roll into town as Alan Pardew’s side possess plenty of pace, power and confidence as they continue to sit in midtable after staving off relegation fears. A few more wins for the Eagles will all but secure their PL status for a second-straight season for the first time in history.

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In team news Stoke start U.S. national team man Geoff Cameron in place of Phil Bardsley, while Palace bring in Pape Souare at left back.

LINEUPS

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam; Diouf, Ireland, Arnautovic; Crouch. Subs: Butland, Bardsley, Whelan, Walters, Sidwell, Teixeira, Wollscheid

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Ledley, McArthur; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Murray. Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Hangeland, Kelly, Sanogo, Ameobi, Gayle