Manchester United fans have a lot to cherish and can finally end their weekend on a happy note after their team’s victory against Burnley with a score of 2-0 at Turf Moor, after two consecutive premier league defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur in the second and third match of the season respectively.
Jose Mourinho’s consistent trust in Romelu Lukaku despite criticism has proved to be fruitful. Lukaku struck both the goals in the first half. Jose Mourinho made three changes after their defeat last week. Fred, Phil Jones and Ander Herrera were the ones who were dropped and Alexis Sanchez , Mouroune Fellaini and Victor Lindelof fetched their place in the starting line-up.
Alexis Sanchez who came back from injury played a decisive role in the first goal just before the half an hour mark by putting in a very clinical cross to Lukaku from over the defender and making it simple for Lukaku who headed the ball into the net. The second goal was thrusted into goal by Lukaku by capitalizing the opportunity from deflections and chaos near the Burnley box area.
Jose Mourinho on the players left out for Burnley :
“The week was so good. I felt so bad leaving out people like Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay – it was heartbreaking to leave them out of the team.”
Alexis Sanchez who played a remarkable role in the first half was seen to be frustrated after he was substituted for Marcus Rashford fifteen minutes into the second half.Marcus Rashford earned a penalty for Manchester united in the 69th minute and Paul Pogba very poorly executed the shot that was well saved by the former Manchester city player Joe Hart.
Manchester United could have easily ended the game with four or more goals and got most of the opportunities in the second half but Joe Hart restricted United to just two goals from the first half. Lukaku meanwhile got quite a few chances to complete his hat-trick but in vain.
"Everything pleased me. So fast, so creative – so beautiful."
Read the thoughts of #MUFC manager Jose Mourinho following today's win:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2018
Marcus Rashford foolishly earned a red card after getting into an altercation with the Burnley defender Phil Bardsley near the goalline. The twenty year old pushed his forehead into Phil bardsley’s head and got a straight red. He will be next available against West ham later this month after serving his suspension.
Jose Mourinho when asked upon about the red car incident in post match conference said,
“I don’t know what happened. I would say it was naive. It was a kid and a very experienced man. Bardsley’s been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy.”
The visitors dominated the most of the match and remained strong in defence without conceding any despite Rashford’s red card and Pogba’s missed penalty. Sean Dyche’s men couldn’t really get through the defence of 10 men manchester United and on the other hand made some errors in their own defence which Manchester United failed to capitalise upon.
Referee Jon Moss failed to notice the hand ball done by the Burnley defender Ben Mee after he he fell on the ground and touched the ball with his hand intentionally that could have been a straight red card.
The red devils boss- Jose Mourinho punched the air after the final whistle and had many of his critics silenced by his teams performance after the previous two defeats and had the weight of being sacked off his shoulder and was seen to be very delighted. In the post match press conference he said,
“Burnley played very well as a team, and there were very good individual performances and we should score many more goals. The result shouldn’t have been open until the last minute.”
While the pressure on Jose might be lifted to a certain extent, there seemed to be a new found pressure on United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward as a plane trailing the banner ‘Ed Woodward – A Specialist in Failure’ flew above Turf Moor before kick-off. Crowdfunded by the fans it was initially supposed to be flown over Old Trafford but instead got postponed to this week against Burnley
"Ed Woodward – A specialist in failure!"
A plane flies over Turf Moor ahead of Burnley v Manchester United.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 2, 2018
All in all it was one eventful evening at Turf Moor where one match could potentially decide the future of the manager of the most successful club in England and yet ended on the right note for everyone concerned except maybe Ed.