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McTominay Shines As Man. United Beat Burnley 3-1

McTominay Shines As Man. United Beat Burnley 3-1
McTominay Shines As Man. United Beat Burnley 3-1 (Photo via-ManchesterUnited/Instagram)

Scott McTominay was the star man of the night, as his five-star performance helped his team Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 at home to keep their top-four hopes alive.

Scott McTominay opened the scoring early in the game, after some scare by the Sean Dyche’s led side at the Old Trafford on Thursday night, netting his first goal in 28 Premier League games, since netting against Everton in February.

Manchester United second goal came when Jadon Sancho, drove in from the left, opens his body and slides a low shot inside the far corner, beating goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey with a little flick off the boot of Ben Mee, which was later given as an own goal. 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the third goal for Manchester United, tapping into an empty net with the outside of his right foot. But the goal owes more to Scott McTominay who hit a thunderbolt that Wayne Hennessey did superbly to tip onto the post. 

Aaron Lennon scored the only goal for Burnley, which was his first goal in 33 Premier League appearances, since scoring for the Clarets against Bournemouth in September 2018, with the goal also the winger’s first against Manchester United in the top-flight in his 23rd game against them.

It is the first time Manchester United have scored three goals in the first half of a Premier League game since January, when they put nine past Southampton.

Burnley have accrued just 11 points from their first 16 games of the Premier League campaign, their third-lowest figure at this stage in their 59 top-flight campaigns, superior only to seven points in 1970-71 and four in 1889-90 (3pts for a win).

Manchester United have taken 14 points from their last six games (W4 D2 under Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick), 10 more than they managed in their final six under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (W1 D1 L4).

Scott McTominay after the game said: “We need to do more and hopefully in 2022 we can do that.

“It is about adapting to new methods. We have to go back to the basics of football. We have to tackle, we have to run, we have to create.

“If we are not running and competing in the first 15 minutes it is going to be difficult, no matter what the quality of our forward players.

“An old cliche in football. We are going through a transitional period, we can’t look too far ahead in terms of ambitions and goals.

“We want to enjoy football, there is too much negativity, and if you enjoy it you will end up playing well.”

Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay, speaking to Amazon Prime: “Probably first-half as a team [best display under Rangnick]. We were a bit flat second half for whatever reason. We need to get that for a full 90 minutes which we haven’t really had this year. But we are learning and adapting. The game against Newcastle was difficult and we have to bounce back from that. The manager said we set the record for the most amount of turnovers in the league. We had to keep the ball better.

“Goals help energy. If we bang in two or three at Newcastle it gives the whole team energy. It is so important. Now is the time we really start stepping up and doing much, much better. The manager is so demanding and we play for Man Utd, it is what we have to do.

“A lot of the time this season I have been deeper. Last season I could get to the box more. I was struggling this morning to play with my right foot but I pulled through it. I am fine. We are all learning an adapting. We play for Man Utd, we are dominant and we need to get results.

“Body language is one thing and the manager has come in and said he wants to cut that out, so that is final. We have taken it on board.

“It is the old cliche but we don’t want to look too far ahead,. The next game against Wolves is the most important thing.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Amazon Prime: “We’ve been here a couple of times and had big results here and not had nowhere near the amount of chances we have had tonight. The frustration is that we could have made blocks on the edge of the box and we didn’t and they react and get a goal. It is obviously hard when they are 3-1 up but I thought the mentality was good. Second half we took the game on and tried to get something from it.

“I was pleased with the performance generally. I don’t think the 18 days off is one of those things. We have to deal with it. We are a bit stretched with Covid and injuries but we have a team that can go out there. Aaron Lennon was good. Looked sharp and did what we wanted him to do. The details are killing us at the moment.”

On Covid and injuries: “We intend on getting on with things. A couple of bodies might come back because of the Covid situation and Maxwell Cornet might get around the squad. We will wait and see.”

On transfers: “We will have to wait and see. The January window is always difficult, money or no money.”

Burnley’s Aaron Lennon talking to Amazon Prime: “We started well, gave away three bad goals and then got a goal back and had a few good chances. When you come to Old Trafford you know you have to take your chances.

“We haven’t played for three weeks and there was a bit of rustiness there. We will dust ourselves down and go again.

“We have a few games in hand and we are really confident in what we do.”

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick talking to BBC: “It was important to bring in some fresh legs and fresh bodies.

“We did not have much time to train in the last couple of weeks. It is about passion and energy and we show that when we play at home.

“This is about sustainably delivering that type of performance.”

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