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Makes Sense | Analysing What Exactly Went Wrong for United in Their Close Shave Against Burnley

Burnley, United predicted lineup vs Burnley

Given the run of form Manchester United have been enjoying since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, the home draw against Burnley might seem disappointing.

With United looking to make it nine wins out of nine, going into the match, the draw no matter how disappointing, did seem fair to both Burnley and United.

After a somewhat even first half, individual errors gave Burnley the opportunities to capitalize upon, and so they did, by taking the lead in the fifty first minute through Ashley Barnes.

And they doubled their lead through Chris Wood with nine minutes remaining.

But with the continuous improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pretty obvious, Manchester United rallied back to draw the game in the dying moments of the match against Burnley.

With many United fans and some of the key players as well wanting Ole to be given the job permanently, he would need to address the issues that continue to turn up even in the impressive performances.

Phil Jones’s error along with Andreas Periera led to the build up of Burnley s opening goal.

It was another reminder of how Ole has reignited the never say die attitude instilled by Sir Alex Ferguson, as Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof secured the late come back.

If Ole sticks on past this season, or whoever is selected to lead United ahead from next season onwards, they’ll have their work cut out, at least in terms of transfers, as they’ll have to invest in the defensive restructure.

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The lineup selected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was somewhat complacent in the sense that it didn’t look the threatening from the beginning and were lacking some of the vigour that we’ve seen in the past matches.

Ander Herrera was one notable absentee, his passion and commitment was one that was most certainly missed on the field.

Lukaku was brought in after an impressive performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup, but couldn’t impress enough. Juan Mata and Andreas Periera didn’t make much or an impact either.

United are still struggling to keep a clean sheet by conceding avoidable goals. And they will need to start building a strong defensive run, with PSG to visit Old Trafford on twelfth of February.


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