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Burnley v Manchester United Live Commentary, 23/04/2017

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0 - 2
BRN
MUN
A. Martial (21)
W. Rooney (39)
Turf Moor

Commentary

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United secured a comfortable two-nil victory here at Turf Moor and got their goals through the excellent Martial and the returning Rooney. They now move to within one point of Manchester City in fourth, ahead of their derby clash on Thursday evening.
FULL-TIME: BURNLEY 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED
That's the final whistle!
Bailly is down injured at the moment, United cannot afford to lose any more defenders as they are already suffering in that department.
There will be a minimum of four minutes added time played at Turf Moor.
M. Carrick
P. Pogba
Manchester United
Final United substitution sees Paul Pogba limp off the pitch with an injury, so he has been replaced by Michael Carrick.
CHANCE UNITED! Pogba goes just inches wide with an effort from the edge of the box. The powerful effort looked to be heading into the back of the net, but it just curled away from goal at the final moment. Good effort.
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
Burnley
Jeff Hendrick is shown a yellow card for a late and rash challenge on Fellani.
Mourinho will surely be very pleased with his sides performance today, especially the contribution by Martial who scored a wonderful opening goal and worked hard up front.
United haven't allowed Burnley many chances here today and de Gea has barely touched the ball in this second half and they have managed the game very well. It looks like the visitors have secured a clean sheet and all three points here today.
CHANCE UNITED! Rashford goes close to adding a third goal for United, the youngster is played through on goal and just has Heaton to beat from a tight angle. However he fires his effort narrowly wide of the goal, a goal-kick is awarded but Rashford is furious a corner was not given for a touch by Heaton. On closer inspection it is clear that Heaton got a hand to that effort, but the officials failed to spot it.
Not long to go here at Turf Moor. Can Burnley pull one back and make it a very interesting final few minutes? Or will United extend their lead.
H. Mkhitaryan
A. Martial
Manchester United
The opening goalscorer Martial is the latest United player to be substituted and he is replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Pogba gives away a free-kick in the middle of the pitch, which is taken by Brady and met by Keane. However the centre-back cannot direct his header towards goal and it goes out for a United goal-kick.
W. Rooney
Yellow Card
Manchester United
Rooney is the latest player to be shown a yellow card for dissent.
D. Agyei
A. Barnes
Burnley
Burnley make their third and final substitution of the game, Ashley Barnes is the man coming off and he is replaced by Daniel Agyei who is making his Clarets home debut.
OFFSIDE! Burnley thought they had a free-kick right on the edge of the box, in a good shooting position after a rash challenge by Bailly to bring Gray down. However the linesman has his flag up for offside so the free-kick awarded is overruled.
Good ball by Brady into the feet of Barnes, he lays it off to Gray who does well to turn, but Bailly does excellently to block his next move and United can clear the danger.
As we enter the final 20 minutes of the game it is still United who hold a two-nil lead and they look very comfortable here. Burnley have done a better job defending against the likes of Martial in this second period, but United still look the more likely team to score again.
M. Rashford
J. Lingard
Manchester United
United make their first substitution of the game with Jesse Lingard the man coming off and he is replaced by the hero in midweek against Anderlecht, Marcus Rashford.
Sean Dyche's side have already surpassed their final points total from their two previous Premier League campaigns. However they are not yet safe from relegation, as they sit just five points above Swansea who occupy the last relegation spot.
M. Lowton
Yellow Card
Burnley
The first yellow card of the game is shown to Lowton for a late challenge into the back of Rooney.
CHANCE UNITED! Rooney slipped the wrong moment, just as the ball was played into his path on the edge of the area. The United skipper lost his footing as Martial laid the ball off to him and he gives away a free-kick for handball.
J. Guðmunds­son
G. Boyd
Burnley
Burnley make their second substitution of the game with George Boyd the man coming off and he has been replcaced by Johann Berg Guðmundsson.
No real goalscoring opportunities have been created by either side in the second half. United still look the better team and are seeing more of the ball, but they can afford to take a step back with a two-goal cushion.
Better from Burnley. They stepped up the pace slightly and forced a corner of their own. However Brady's ball into the box is cleared by Pogba who then races up the pitch with the ball, but Brady tracks back well to stop him in his tracks.
United corner! Keane is forced to put the ball out of play, after a good run into the box by Martial. The corner is well gathered by Heaton in the air and he tries to launch a Clarets counter-attack.
CHANCE UNITED! Pogba unleashes a powerful strike at goal from around 25 yards out from goal, but it is too close to Heaton who makes a good diving save to his left.
The Clarets need to try and string a few passes together in midfield to give themselves some momentum and get the home crowd going here, who haven't had much to cheer about so far here today. All the noise is being made by the large travelling support of Man United.
Ashley Young has given a free-kick away down the left wing, so Brady once again stands over the ball looking to pick out a teammate in the box. However his ball is poor and fails to beat the first United defender, which is Pogba.
Burnley have a huge task ahead of them in this second half. Mourinho's men are unbeaten in their last 39 PL games when winning at the break, whilst Burnley haven't won in 38 PL games when conceding first under Dyche.
J. Tarkowski
B. Mee
Burnley
Burnley have been forced into making a substitution at the break, with Ben Mee struggling with an ankle injury so he has been replaced by James Tarkowski.
The second half is underway!
The visitors have a deserved lead here at the break, after having a number of good chances to score and limiting the threat that Burnley pose. Anthony Martial gave United the lead after an excellent run and one-two with Herrera, before Wayne Rooney doubled their lead late on. The Clarets have it all to do here.
HALF-TIME: BURNLEY 0-2 MAN UNITED
That's the half-time whistle!
There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the first-half.
CLOSE! Gray comes closest for Burnley as we enter the final few minutes of the first half. It was an excellent turn by the striker and he fired a shot at goal, which looked to be heading on target, but Eric Bailly made an excellent block. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
As the half-time whistle looms here, United have been the better team and deserve their two-nil lead. Burnley have not done enough going forward to threaten de Gea and get their home supporters up on their feet.
A. Martial
Assist
Manchester United
Martial went incredibly close to scoring himself, but was denied by a good save from Heaton, however luckily for United the ball fell straight to Rooney who reacted quickly and put the ball into the back of the net.
W. Rooney
Goal
Manchester United
GOOOAAALLL! ROONEY DOUBLES UNITED’S LEAD! It was a brilliant ball by Pogba into the path of Martial who tries to beat Heaton at his near post, however the keeper is quick off his line to block the shot. Unfortunately for Burnley the rebound falls straight to the feet off Rooney who pounces on the ball and puts the ball into the back of the net, despite the attempted clearance by Keane on the goalline.
George Boyd and Brady have switched flanks now, in an attempt to cause United a few more problems. They need to try and get their full-backs higher up the pitch and exploit the space left by Lingard and Martial when they push forward.
Another poor free-kick is given away by United, around 40 yards from goal and a good position to bring the big defenders up from the back. Brady whips the ball in once again... It is a fantastic ball into the danger zone and Mee is agonisingly close to getting a touch on that.
STAT: Manchester United have the division's best points per game average in away matches (2.14). Chelsea and Manchester City have earned more points but have both played three away games more. So far United are on course for another away victory.
PENALTY SHOUT! Rooney is down in the box and appealing for a penalty, the United skipper received the ball from Lingard and looked like he was about to pull the trigger when Barton made a tackle from behind. Nothing given by the referee.
The Clarets are yet to trouble de Gea, despite enjoying good spells of possession and so far United are comfortably dealing with everything the hosts can throw at them.
Fellani commits another foul in midfield and gives Burnley another opportunity to whip the ball into the box. Once again it is Brady who will take it, however his ball is slightly over hit and David de Gea gathers in the ball in the air.
Despite Burnley playing well here so far, it is the visitors who deservedly have the lead, after having several good chances to score before Martial put them ahead.
Ander Herrera
Assist
Manchester United
It was an inch-perfect pass back into the path of Martial by Herrera, the Spanish midfielder made sure he got up in support of his teammate and put the ball on a plate for the Frenchman, who made no mistakes with the finish.
A. Martial
Goal
Manchester United
GOOOAAALLL! UNITED TAKE THE LEAD! Anthony Martial has scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season, to give United a one-nil here at Turf Moor. Martial started and finished off the move, picking up the ball on the edge of his own area and sprinting past the helpless Barton. The Frenchman then played a one-two with Herrera, before slotting the ball underneath Heaton from the penalty spot. Excellent move and finish from Martial.
Free-kick to Burnley in a good position to get a ball into the box. Fellani was penalised for a blatant push in the back of Barnes. Brady whips the ball into United penalty area, Keane rises highest but his header goes well off target.
ROONEY GOES CLOSE! Jesse Lingard was the architect of this chance, carrying the ball 50 plus yards up the pitch, before laying the ball off to Rooney on the edge of the area. The United skipper tries to clip a cross across goal looking for the incoming Pogba, however his cross has too much power on it. However it forces Heaton to scramble backwards, as it went dangerously close to ending up in the top right-hand corner. Instead, it nestled on the top of the net.
STAT: Manchester United have scored just once in their last four league games at Turf Moor! That goal came from Lou Macari in a 1-0 victory back in April 1976. That victory is one of only two for United in their last 12 top-flight visits to Burnley, having drawn five and lost five.
Better from Burnley and they start to enjoy a spell of possession and being put under pressure by United for the last few minutes. Brady played an excellent cross field ball to Gray, who runs at Darmian. The visitors do well to clear the danger, but the Clarets come forward once again. Brady whips a corner into the box which is well met by Mee, but his looping header goes just over the crossbar.
ANOTHER UNITED CHANCE! Marouane Fellani rises highest at a corner and powers a low header at goal, but it is straight at Heaton who comfortably gathers. The midfielder should have done better with that opportunity, either side of the keeper and it may have nestled in the back of the net.
CHANCE UNITED! Excellent chance for United to take the lead here at Turf Moor! Anthony Martial did brilliantly down the left wing, taking on Matt Lowton, he gets to the byline and pulls the ball back looking for Wayne Rooney. The United skipper fires a low shot from close range, after a flick on from Herrera, but Rooney's shot takes a deflection off Ben Mee which takes some of the pace off the shot and allows Tom Heaton to get down and make a good save. He should've scored.
First shot at goal comes from Burnley's Robbie Brady! A long free-kick into the United area is won by Michael Keane. His flick-on finds Brady at a tight angle but he takes the volley on, but he fires over the bar.
Burnley have started the game well here, pressing United high up the pitch and not allowing them to get into their passing game. Joey Barton did brilliantly to sprint past Pogba and Ander Herrera in midfield, he plays a good ball into Gray who is forced wide by Matteo Darmian, the striker looks to pass to Ashley Barnes but Darmian cuts it out and United clear the danger.
A poor touch by Andre Gray leads to Paul Pogba nicking the ball off his toes in the middle of the pitch. The Burnley striker then tries to win the ball back, but his tackle is late on the United midfielder and a free-kick is given, and Gray is given a warning by the referee, Anthony Taylor.
Burnley have picked up 32 out of their 36 points this at home, which is the best by a promoted team since Charlton Athletic in 2000-01. Plus it means that the Clarets have one of the best home records in the Premier League this season.
We're underway!
The teams are out here at Turf Moor and kick-off is almost upon us. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
TEAM NEWS: Eight changes to the Man United side who beat Anderlecht in extra-time on Thursday. Wayne Rooney returns to the starting line-up, making his first Premier League start since March 4. He replaces Marcus Rashford, who drops to the bench. Meanwhile, Burnley make just one change with Andre Gray replacing Sam Vokes.
UNITED SUBS: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzbe, Shaw, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.
UNITED (4-3-3): De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Blind, Young; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba; Lingard, Rooney (C), Martial.
BURNLEY SUBS: Flangan, Defour, Westwood, Tarkowski, Gudmundsson, Ageyi, Pope.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Heaton (C); Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Barton, Hendrick, Brady; Barnes, Gray.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS...
The reverse fixture last October ended 0-0, meaning Burnley could go unbeaten home and away against Manchester United in a single season for the first time since 1973-74.
Meanwhile Burnley need to pick up points here today as they look to guarantee Premier League football next season. The Clarets sit 15th on 36 points, just five above the relegation zone. Sam Vokes and Scott Arfield both remain doubts with hamstring injuries, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson is back in contention after a knee injury.
Perhaps a bigger injury blow for United was the injury to top goal-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a top-four finish the target for Mourinho’s side, to clinch Champions League football for next season.
Manchester United will be missing several key players for today’s clash at Burnley. Jose Mourinho's side are without centre-backs Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Rojo was carried off on a stretcher in the first half of United's Europa League quarter-final second-leg tie with Anderlecht at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
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