Manchester United’s run of three successive defeats has come to an end after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Burnley.
United swapped a cold night in Bavaria for a cold night in Burnley and looked significantly more resilient at Turf Moor than they did during the 4-3 defeat at Bayern Munich last Wednesday. It was the Clarets who forged the first real chance of the game, with Zeki Amdouni’s header forcing Andre Onana into a smart save.
Shortly after, Burnley struck the United upright after some neat work from Aaron Ramsey put Amdouni clean through. The hosts were slowly but surely getting a stronger foothold on the tie.
And yet, it was United who delivered the first blow. Jonny Evans found Bruno Fernandes with the kind of pass more befitting of the recipient and the Portugal international fired beyond James Trafford with a Robin van Persie-esque volley.
Down the years, many have associated an away game against Burnley as one that would be a physical battle, one where you may come away battered and bruised. This Clarets side have more than enough skill and flare to beat sides with their football.
Were they to put in a performance like this one against one of their relegation rivals, a team lesser than Ten Hag’s United, they would surely have more to show for their efforts than they have after this clash.