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Manchester United 2-2 Burnley: Lingard leads comeback

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  • Teams drew 0-0 last year at OT
  • Burnley goes up after two minutes
  • Defour doubles lead through free kick
  • Lingard scores twice in second half

Jesse Lingard‘s second half double led Manchester United back for a 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour had scored to give the Clarets a halftime lead.

United is now 13 points back of Man City before the leaders play Tuesday at Newcastle United, while the point keeps Burnley seventh.

The Red Devils held a 23-3 edge in shots and 72 percent possession, but only scored the equalizer in stoppage time.

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Marcos Rojo gave away a free kick to Jeff Hendrick inside of 70 seconds, and Burnley made the most of the opportunity.

Poor defending in the six allowed Barnes to rifle the ball behind De Gea.

Nick Pope punched a Juan Mata free kick toward the back corner flag, and Phil Bardsley chopped down Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give United another set piece.

Corners followed, and Burnley could not escape its third. When it did, though, it found an answer. Defour swept a free kick over the wall and beyond the flying hand of De Gea to make it 2-0 in the 36th minute.

Pogba carried away from Defour to curl a shot just away from the upper 90 as United sought a way back into the match.

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United’s crowd and all on television though the Red Devils had pulled one back through Jesse Lingard, and it’d take replays to see what went wrong. Pope got his face on Lingard’s in tight shot.

Lingard did get his goal within moments, though, back heeling Ashley Young‘s pass just inside the far post for 2-1 in the 54th.

Bardsley saw yellow for a sliding tackle in the 69th minute, one which easily could’ve been his second, and Pogba lorded over a free kick. The French wizard hammered his shot just over the bar.

Lingard connected with an equalizer in the first minute of stoppage time which was entirely deserved against a resolute Burnley back line.

WATCH: Wicked Defour free kick puts Man Utd down two

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Jose Mourinho’s Boxing Day is going quite poorly.

The Manchester United boss, at home to Burnley, has seen his side go down 2-0 at the break.

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The first goal was an awful bit of early defending after Marcos Rojo gave away a corner kick. Ashley Barnes did what he does, carving out a place in the dirty places to shoot Burnley into the lead.

The second goal was a beauty.

It takes a lot to best David De Gea on a free kick, and Belgian playmaker Steven Defour‘s offering was something special.

Here’s Defour’s second Premier League goal.

PL AT HALF: Burnley shocking Man Utd; Huddersfield ahead

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The goals haven’t been as free-flowing as they were in a seven-goal Boxing Day kickoff between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, but we’ve got some markers around the ground in England, including a pair of eye-opening markers at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United 0-2 Burnley

A lively start for the visitors coupled with poor set piece defending allowed Ashley Barnes to put Burnley ahead at Old Trafford, and United controlled play but had even less to show for it when Steven Defour curled his free kick past a flying David De Gea.

Bournemouth 1-1 West Ham United

James Collins‘ early headed goal has been answered by Dan Gosling playing trash collector in the box as we’re level at the Vitality Stadium.

Watford 1-1 Leicester City

The Riyad Mahrez Renaissance continues, with the Algerian scoring from a terrific Marc Albrighton cross. Molla Wague answered just before halftime for the Hornets.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Stoke City

Tom Ince has the Terriers ahead, and goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has done a bit to keep them there.

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Chelsea 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Everton

Burnley 2-0 Watford: Defour’s incisive crosses lead Clarets to win

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  • Hendrick scores first PL goal
  • Clarets dominate first half
  • Defour with two assists

Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane headed in Steven Defour crosses to lead Burnley to a comprehensive 2-0 win over Watford on Monday at Turf Moor.

Burnley joins five teams, including Watford, on 7 points. Goal differential has them tied with Leicester for 12th.

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Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson was allowed to dribble in from the wing, and swung his left peg into a shot that went wide of a diving Heurelho Gomes.

Hendrick got the better of Gomes soon after, losing Jose Holebas and rising high to head home Defour’s corner kick.

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Defour swept another cross above the fray in the 50th minute, where Keane leapt above the sleepy Watford back line to head past Gomes.

There were more chances for Burnley to go up three than Watford to trim its deficit, though Isaac Success almost dribbled his way to an 84th minute goal, and the Clarets will enjoy the tape from a thorough victory.

Burnley sign Belgian playmaker Defour in record-breaking deal

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Burnley have signed Belgian playmaker Steven Defour from RSC Anderlecht in a record-breaking $9.7 million deal for the club.

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Defour, 28, has signed a three-year contract with the Clarets and the Belgian international brings a wealth of his experience with him to the Premier League.

Sean Dyche‘s men toiled on the opening day of the season but lost 1-0 to Swansea City as a lack of creativity in the final third was evident.

Speaking about his move to Turf Moor, Defour revealed it felt like the right move at the right time.

“I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League,” Defour said. “I’m looking forward to every game. The atmosphere around the league is fantastic and everyone across the world has seen the Premier League, so I am very proud to be a part of that. It is a new challenge for me, but I like that.”

The Lancashire club have a notoriously tight budget but the fact that they can attract a Belgian international midfielder who has won 46 caps for his country, played in the UEFA Champions League and won four league titles across spells with Standard Liege and FC Porto proves how everyone is benefiting from the improved finances on offer to clubs in the PL from the new TV deal, sponsorship and everything else in-between.

With Sam Vokes and the promising Andre Gray in attack, Defour will become the creative hub of Burnley as they newly-promoted aim to do something they haven’t done in their two previous campaigns in the PL: survive.

Dyche has now signed four new players to add to the squad which won the Championship title last season to gain promotion to the PL. Defour joins Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson, goalkeeper Tom Pope and Liverpool left back Jon Flanagan on loan.