Martial strike gives Manchester United points at Burnley

Jose Verdugo
Enero 21, 2018

Initially favoured to join Manchester City, United trumped our bitter rivals with a better wage packet for the Chilean who knows that with him turning 30 later this year, this represents his last major contract as a football player.

Romelu Lukaku picked up the assist and showed strength and skill to hold off two challenges on the right flank before putting through a ideal cross towards Martial.

"I always got the impression when I was younger that even the big clubs with the spending power had an eye on the business side of things".

Johann Berg Gudmundsson came closest to levelling when he hit the bar with a free-kick. Burnley has played to a draw in three of its last five matches with Manchester United.

Manchester United's pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City will continue with a trip to Burnley this afternoon.

That is if they are to be in position to take advantage of any slip-ups from Manchester City.

Barnes then glanced a promising opening wide following a long ball but United could easily have made the win safe either side of that miss, with Pogba and Jesse Lingard both choosing the wrong option at the end of promising counter-attacks. "The defining moment is a moment of quality you have to say".

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Manchester United played a fluid formation with Lukaku as the lone central striker.

The pressure from the home side continued, with a looping Ben Mee header tipped over the bar by David de Gea and Smalling called upon to get a crucial touch to deny James Tarkowski the chance for a tap-in.

They have won nine, drawn seven and lost seven in the top flight this season, and have rightly been praised for operating above their means throughout the 2017-18 campaign.

During, and after, the match against Burnley, United supporters on social media were buzzing about Jones' performance and singled him out for special praise.

"That's a very good performance and I'm very pleased with the players", he said.

"We are not just hanging into games".

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