Under pressure to perform having suffered embarrassing loss in their previous two matches, Manchester United cruised to a 2-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor in a game filled with drama and controversy.
Jose Mourinho's men came into this fixture having lost 3-2 to Brighton and Hove Albion on match week 2, which was followed by a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. The setbacks meant United made their worst start to a Premier League season in 26 years. But the Red Devils bounced back strongly against a Burnley side lacking confidence.
Romelu Lukaku, who has had a slow start to the season following his exploits with Belgium in World Cup 2018, opened the scoring in the 27th minute with his head, after being brilliantly found out by Alexis Sanchez.
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United continued their dominance against a team which which now has only point after four matches. The inevitable second goal arrived at the stroke of half time, and it was again the Belgian, though with a touch of fortune. Jesse Lingard's shot from the edge of the box was blocked by a defender, and it fell kindly for Lukaku, who blasted the ball past a hapless Joe Hart.
Like the first half, second half also belonged to the Red Devils, though, these 45 minutes were filled with drama. Having created chance after chance, Mourinho's men got the opportunity to make it 3-0, when substitute Marcus Rashford was fouled inside the box by Aaron Lennon, allowing the referee no other option than giving a penalty. Up stepped Paul Pogba, with the world expecting him to score. But his tame penalty was easily saved by Hart.
Moments later, controversy struck the game following a challenge by Phil Bardsley on Marcus Rashford. The Burnley full back challenged the United forward, and in the aftermath, irked him by kicking out. Rashford was least pleased by his actions, and in retaliation, scraped his head into Bardsley's head. The referee, John Moss, decided to send off the United forward for his actions, and also cautioned the Burnley defender by giving him a yellow card.
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Despite being a man down, the Red Devils dominated the final 20 minutes, and had many opportunities to improve their goals tally. But poor finishing, combined with some good saves meant the fixture ended 2-0.
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