Late goals from Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof saw Manchester United sharing a point each with Burnley at Old Trafford last night. With this draw against the Red Devils, the Clarets are now winless in their last 20 visits to the Theatre of Dreams.
Well, I didn’t expect this fixture to turn out this entertaining and nail-biting. Both the teams played their heart out and, in the end, the match ended at 2-2 with both the teams getting one point each. According to me, this was a fair scoreline looking at the performance of the two sides. Maybe the Clarets deserve a win for their brilliant performance but that’s football for you. It can change completely in just a couple of minutes.
In our prediction, we told that United will score twice and Burnley will fail to find the back of the net. However, it turned out a bit different as the Clarets scored two goals first and then the Red Devils equalized. I predicted that scoreline thinking that United have overcome their defending issues, but I was wrong. As there is still lots of room for improvement in defense.
United did dominate this game in terms of possession, total shots and passing but that was not enough to win this game. The Clarets backline and goalkeeper performed above their expectations and that was the major reason why the Red Devils failed to score first last night.
The Burnley striker, Ashley Barnes, started the proceedings of the game last night. In the 51st minute, Andreas Pereira slipped and gave away the ball to the Clarets right outside the box. Jack Cork used this opportunity brilliantly as he sneaked the ball from the midfielder. The Burnley midfielder then made a phenomenal pass to Barnes right in front of David de Gea. The striker didn’t let this opportunity go away as he fired the ball at the back of the net.
The Clarets didn’t stop here as once again the back line of the Red Devils made a blunder and the visitors used it perfectly. In the 81st minute of the game, Johann Gudmundsson galloped towards the United box from the right flank. The midfielder then cut the ball towards his right before passing to Ashley Westwood right outside the 30-yard-box. The Burnley midfielder took no time in lofting the ball towards Chris Wood who was waiting in the center. The striker made no mistake and guided his header at the back of the net.
With this goal, Burnley were leading with two goals to nothing and there were nine minutes left on the clock. At this point, most of us thought that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to face his first defeat. However, the United roster has something else in mind as they were not ready to give up three points this easily.
The hunger for goals was visible in United’s game from the beginning of this fixture. However, they were finding it hard to get past Tom Heaton on the goal. The Burnley goalkeeper was pushing everything away that was coming towards him. This lasted for an almost full game but then Jeff Hendrick brought down Jesse Lingard inside the box. The referee had a clear view of the incident and didn’t take a lot of time in rewarding United with a penalty.
Once again Paul Pogba stepped up on this crucial occasion and fired the shot from the 12 yards at the back of the net. With this goal, the hopes of United did rise again as there was still five minutes of injury time left on the clock.
The Red Devils didn’t waste a lot of time celebrating and got back to their positions quickly. At this point, the whole roster of Burnley was at the back defending their crucial lead over the hosts. However, they couldn’t hold on to their lead for long.
In the 90+2 minutes, Lingard passed the ball to Ashley Young right outside the box of Burnley. The Englishman without wasting time curled in a perfect cross that found Alexis Sanchez. The winger made perfect contact and headed the ball towards the goal but once again Heaton pushed it away. However, this time the ball reached Lindelof, who was present at the perfect spot. The defender took a slight touch and guided the ball towards the back of the net.
These two late goals from United helped them in taking their unbeaten league streak to seven games under Solskjaer. The Norwegian manager could have broken Pep Guardiola record last night, but I think he will be relieved with that result. Because it is not easy to make a comeback after going 2 goals down at home.