Burnley 0 Manchester United 1: Martial keeps up winning run

Florence Fletcher
January 22, 2018

Jose Mourinho has praised his Manchester United players for "adapting" to the challenge of overcoming a resilient Burnley, having seen his side earn a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor.

Romeu Lukaku did brilliantly to brush aside a horde of Burnley shirts before sending the ball out to the left, leaving Martial to cut inside and smash home off the bar.

United were making the game more hard than it should have been and struggled to create many clear cut chances but they held on to secure a vital 1-0 win that cuts City's lead to nine points ahead of their clash with Newcastle this evening.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson delivered a skilful free-kick which clipped the United crossbar on its way over.

It may not have been thrilling, but it was the kind of disciplined performance that United need to keep delivering if they are to be in position to take advantage of any slip-ups from City. "It is not going to be easy, but you never say never".

Burnley 0 Manchester United 1: Martial keeps up winning run
Burnley 0 Manchester United 1: Martial keeps up winning run

There were half chances for Paul Pogba and Lukaku and the unusual sight of Mourinho literally picking up Jesse Lingard and encouraging him to play on after being fouled by Steven Defour in front of the United bench.

Mourinho said Pogba's increasingly assured play was a sign that his United team-mates were adjusting to his style.

Likewise Burnley enjoyed plenty of possession, especially after Martial's strike, but did not pose enough of a threat in attack and when Gudmundsson did slip the ball across the face of goal, Tarkowski was unable to connect.

Alexis Sanchez's huge wages, should his deal to Manchester United be completed, will cause inflation in the game with an impact on smaller clubs, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said on Thursday.

"It was very hard, we played against a courageous 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". "Arguably as good a performance as we've had this season". You are playing against one of the top sides in the division and I thought we at least matched them, and at times went beyond them.

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