Anthony Martial helps Manchester United remain second
A wonderfully taken 54th minute purpose from Anthony Martial gave Manchester United a hard-earned 1-Zero win over Burnley at Turf Moor within the Premier League on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku confirmed power and talent as he held off two challenges on the suitable flank earlier than delivering an ideal cross-field go to Martial whose highly effective shot crashed in off the under-side of the bar.
Burnley responded properly, although, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson hitting the bar with a free kick and the Clarets put United underneath loads of stress all through the second half.
Home goalkeeper Nick Pope produced a wonderful save to disclaim Martial one other purpose as second positioned United closed the hole on leaders Manchester City to 9 factors forward of their rival’s sport towards Newcastle United afterward Saturday.
It might not have been thrilling, but it surely was the type of disciplined efficiency that United must maintain delivering if they’re to be in place to benefit from any slip-ups from City.
“You never know,” mentioned defender Phil Jones, when requested if United may make up the hole. “It is not going to be easy, but you never say never.”
United performed a fluid formation with Lukaku because the lone central striker, Nemanja Matic the holding midfielder and then a versatile 4 of Martial, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.
That produced some enticing passing and motion from Mourinho’s facet however not at all times an excessive amount of to fret a Burnley defence, marshalled by James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
Likewise Burnley loved loads of possession, particularly after Martial’s strike, however didn’t pose sufficient of a risk in assault and when Gudmundsson did slip the ball throughout the face of purpose, Tarkowski was unable to attach.
“It was very hard, we played against a brave team, a team that plays with their strength and a team that knows how to get points – that’s why season after season they are in a comfortable position. We were not brilliant, but we were very good,” mentioned Mourinho.
“I prefer to win 4-0 and to sit on the bench and enjoy the game but it is good to see the way the team fought for it,” he added.
Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche, whose crew have now gone seven league video games with no win and dropped to eighth within the desk, was upbeat about his crew’s efficiency.
“That’s a very good performance and I’m very pleased with the players,” he mentioned. “The challenge of the Premier League, that’s why the top six are the top six, is often they can just about hang in there and find a moment of quality, and they do it enough.”