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Manchester United v Burnley Live Commentary, 31/12/21

3 - 1
S. McTominay (8)
B. Mee (27 og)
Cristiano Ronaldo (35)
A. Lennon (38)
Old Trafford


Thanks for joining us for live coverage of Manchester United's 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League.
Another disappointing result for the visitors means that they stay in the bottom three. They face a crucial match next time out as they travel to Leeds, who currently sit 16th. They will look to find their second win of the season to help steer themselves clear from danger. For the hosts meanwhile, those three points move them above Spurs and up a place to sixth. They will host Wolves next, who are currently eighth.
And so it's the hosts who run out 3-1 winners in their last game of 2021. It was a comfortable victory in the end for United, who took the lead after just eight minutes when McTominay sent a brilliant, low effort into the bottom corner. They saw their lead double on 27 minutes, when Sancho's shot looked to be creeping wide until it was diverted by Mee into his own net. They then made it 3-0 on 35 minutes when Hennessey tipped a McTominay long-range shot onto the post, only for it to fall straight to Ronaldo to finish into an empty net. Burnley did reply quickly through a Lennon goal after a Bailly mistake but they couldn't find any more goals as they fall to defeat.
90' + 3' Tarkowski sends a late header straight at De Gea and that might be that.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United
90' + 3' Ronaldo is replaced by Fred for the remaining couple of seconds.
90' + 1' Time looks to be running out on Burnley's hopes of getting back into the game.
90' Ronaldo smashes an optimistic volley from a tight angle into the side netting.
89' Tarkowski gets up highest in a crowded box to meet a corner but sends his effort wide. That was a decent chance for the visitors to make it a nervy final couple of minutes for the hosts.
87' Vydra nearly gets on the end of a long ball through but he can't bring the ball down and it skims away for a goal-kick.
E. Pieters
D. McNeil
84' McNeil comes off for Pieters.
84' The ball drops for Shaw to hit on the volley but his powerful effort goes well over.
83' United send a couple of teasing crosses into the box but the visitors do just enough to clear them.
Diogo Dalot
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
81' Dalot comes on for Greenwood.
79' Ronaldo's free-kick is blocked by the top of Tarkowski's head in the wall. The centre-half then goes down as he requires treatment.
78' McTominay is caught late by Stephens and the hosts will have a free-kick in a really dangerous position, 25 yards out from goal. Unsurprisingly, it's Ronaldo who stands over it.
76' Cavani thinks he is caught with an elbow and exchanges words with Mee and then the Burnley bench, although things eventually calm down and play continues.
M. Vydra
A. Lennon
74' Vydra is on to replace the lively Lennon.
72' Greenwood is down temporarily after being clattered into by Lennon, however he is okay to continue.
70' Hennessey makes another unbelievable save to deny Cavani's half-volley after Ronaldo teed him up with a header. The Uruguayan striker spins and fires at goal, but the keeper is able to block it with his face.
68' Mee gets up really well at the back post to get his head on a corner, but his header at goal ends up flying over. He would've been hoping to do a little better there.
R. Varane
E. Bailly
Manchester United
66' Varane comes on for Bailly, who is forced off with injury.
64' McTominay tries another shot from outside the box and it looks to be sneaking in until Hennessey makes another brilliant save to tip it over. The midfielder has had a really impressive game here and can probably count himself unlucky to have only scored the one goal.
62' Bailly does well to get across and outmuscle Lennon as he dribbles into the box, forcing the ball behind. He thinks it should be a goal-kick, however a corner is awarded.
60' 60% of Burnley's points against the hosts have come at Old Trafford. Will they be able to get back into the game and add to that here?
D. Stephens
J. Cork
58' Dyche's first substitution is to replace Cork with Stephens.
57' The visitors haven't won in their last nine away league games.
55' Wood wins a header from Lowton's looped cross to the back post, however he just sneaked offside and the linesman spots it and puts his flag up.
53' Ronaldo nearly finds Sancho with a brilliant chested ball through, but Mee is quickly across to snuff it out. That was brilliant improvisation but just not enough on it.
51' Greenwood fires a powerful effort at goal but it's straight at Hennessey who parries it over for a corner, which subsequently comes to nothing.
49' Greenwood finds Ronaldo in the box with a cross, however it's at an awkward height and he can't get the direction right on his header as he stooped down to meet it.
48' It's been a slow start to the second half as both sides look to settle back into the game.
46' The visitors get us back underway for the second period.
The visitors will need to find another couple of goals if they are to get anything from this game. They have scored three goals in a game this season twice, although both of those games were at Turf Moor.
And so we go to the interval with the score 3-1 to the hosts. They got off to a quick start as they took the lead on eight minutes after McTominay placed a brilliant effort into the bottom corner past Hennessey. They then got a little lucky with their second goal, as Sancho's shot that looked to be going wide was blocked into his own net by Mee. Another slice of fortune made it 3-0 with the post deflecting the ball straight to Ronaldo to finish into an empty net, after Hennessey had made a brilliant stop to push it onto the frame of the goal from McTominay. It looked to be game over, until Lennon took advantage of an error by Bailly to send a low shot into the far corner and give his side hope.
45' + 2' Greenwood shows quick feet to give himself a yard to shoot in the box but he drags his shot well wide.
45' There will be two minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
43' Lennon and McNeil link up well on the right and win a corner, however Mee gives a foul away as the ball comes in and the danger is gone.
41' Ronaldo rises highest at the back post to meet a lofted Greenwood cross, however his header flies well over. He did well just to reach it to be fair to him.
40' The visitors have a lifeline. Will they be able to pull another goal back before the break?
A. Lennon
38' The visitors pull one back! Bailly takes a heavy touch and Lennon latches onto it, before dribbling into the box. He then places a low effort into the far corner and past De Gea to make it 3-1 and give his team hope.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United
35' Ronaldo makes it 3-0! McTominay sends a shot from outside the box towards the top corner but Hennessey makes a brilliant save to push it onto the post. However, the ball comes back off the post and straight to Ronaldo, who knocks it into the empty net. It's another slice of luck for the hosts, but they won't care one bit.
34' Maguire lets a long goal-kick go over his head but just about manages to recover and stop Wood before any harm can be caused.
33' Greenwood finds space to shoot from outside the box, however the effort doesn't have the power or direction to trouble Hennessey and the goalkeeper gathers it.
32' The hosts have lost just one of their last 13 league games against the visitors.
30' McTominay does brilliantly to drive forward with the ball before teeing up Ronaldo, however the Portugese forward's first-touch is poor and allows the visiting defence to get back and block his eventual effort.
B. Mee
Own Goal
27' The hosts make it 2-0! Sancho links up really well with Shaw on the left, who sets the summer signing away. He dribbles into the box before shifting onto his right foot and sending a low effort towards the far corner. It looks to be going wide, until Mee's attempt to block the shot inadvertently diverts it into the back of the net.
25' The ball pings around in the Burnley box after a Shaw corner, and a couple of shots are blocked before the ball is hacked clear from danger.
23' De Gea comes to collect the free-kick but doesn't get there and Tarkowski gets his head to it, however he can't get high enough and the ball goes straight into the air before being cleared.
22' Matic clatters into Gudmundsson in the corner and the referee awards a free-kick, giving Dyche's men a chance to send the ball in from a good area.
20' Shaw goes on a marauding run through the midfield and makes it all the way into the Burnley box, before driving a decent effort into the side netting. He just appeared to lose his composure at the crucial moment.
18' Wood looks to get on the end of a long, punted ball through but De Gea is alert and out quickly to get there before the striker is able to.
16' Gudmundsson is up and okay to continue.
14' Gudmundsson is down receiving treatment after a coming together with Wan-Bissaka.
12' The visitors have failed to score in their last three matches, averaging just one shot on target per 90 minutes across those games. They'll have to find more attacking threat here if they are to get anything from this match now.
10' Lowton sends a cross in from the right that evades everyone until Gudmunsson at the back post. The Icelandic midfielder shoots, but it's well blocked by Wan-Bissaka.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United
8' Ronaldo looked to be setting himself up to shoot, before McTominay let fly instead into the bottom corner.
S. McTominay
Manchester United
8' The hosts are in front! It's McTominay who scores his first goal of the season, as he lashes home from the edge of the box. Ronaldo received the ball from Greenwood and tries to shift it onto his left foot, but McTominay takes it off him and sends a lovely finish into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.
6' Ronaldo misses a great chance! Shaw excellently sets Ronaldo through on goal with a lofted through ball, before the forward bears down on Hennessey's goal. He fires an effort at the top right corner, but sends it just over. You'd expect a player of his quality to bury that.
5' Wood tries to curl an effort towards the far corner after being set up by Lennon. It flies past the far post, however he would have been offside anyway.
4' Gudmunsson loops a cross to the back post to find McNeil, before laying it back to Lowton. The full-back floats a cross to the back post where Wood is waiting, however the striker's header is off target and over De Gea's goal.
3' Maguire and Bailly deal with a couple of long balls up to Burnley's strikers. They will face a few more of them before these 90 minutes are over.
1' The home side kick us off and we are underway.
The two sides make their way onto the pitch ahead of kick-off.
Visiting boss Sean Dyche goes with two alterations from the 0-0 home draw with West Ham as Hennessey replaces Nick Pope in goal and Lennon is chosen to partner Wood up front.
Home manager Ralf Rangnick has made six changes from the draw with Newcastle with Wan-Bissaka, Bailly and Shaw coming into the back four while Cavani starts with Ronaldo up front. Bruno Fernandes misses out through suspension as Sancho and Matic start.
SUBS: Will Norris, Dale Stephens, Erik Pieters, Phil Bardsley, Nathan Collins, Matej Vydra, Bobby Thomas.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Wayne Hennessey; Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Aaron Lennon, Chris Wood.
SUBS: Donny Van de Beek, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford, Fred, Alex Telles, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-2-2): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic; Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood; Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The visitors meanwhile are in 18th place and sit two points from safety, although they do have two games in hand on 17th-placed Watford. They have only one won league match all season.
The hosts come into this match in seventh position, having not lost in their last five league matches. They drew 1-1 away at Newcastle last time out after scoring a late equaliser in what was a poor performance.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford.