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Manchester United 1-0 Burnley player ratings, stats and reaction: Martial seals three points for Mourinho’s men

Anthony Martial sealed the three points for Manchester United in a close tie against Burnley.

United were unable to break the deadlock in the first-half despite an Ashley Young effort coming close.

Burnley looked resilient and almost impossible to breakdown until the 54th minute. Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial combined superbly to provide what would go on to be the winner.

Lukaku drove down the right channel before providing a superb ball for Martial who slotted home from just inside the Burnley box with a typically composed finish.

Burnley piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes and produced a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho but superb defending from the likes of Phil Jones allowed the Red Devils to leave Turf Moor with all the points.

Man of the match 

Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones both produced superb individual performances to silence doubters but it was Anthony Martial who proved the difference for United.

The Frenchman has now scored in his last three Premier League matches and appears to be unfazed by reports that he’ll soon be competing with Alexis Sanchez for his place in the United team.

A typically ice-cool finish from Martial was the icing on the cake after superb link-up play with Lukaku.

Flop of the match 

It’s hard to discredit the Burnley side who battled throughout the 90 minutes and came close to sealing a point on various occasions in the final few minutes. However, Jeff Hendrick certainly needs to improve if he wants to establish himself as a vital part of the Burnley attack. Burnley looked far more threatening after Hendrick was pulled from the action on the 81st minute.

Stat of the match 

Has Lukaku really been underperforming for United this season?

Player ratings 

Burnley: Pope 5, Bardsley 5, Tarkowski 5, Mee 6, Taylor 5, Cork 6, Defour 6, Gudmundsson 6, Hendrick 4, Arfield 5, Barnes 5.

Subs: Nkoudou 6, Wells n/a, Vokes 6.

Manchester United: De Gea 7, Valencia 6, Smalling 6, Jones 8, Young 6, Matic 6, Pogba 8, Mata 5, Lingard 5, Martial 8, Lukaku 8.

Subs: Fellaini 5, Herrera n/a, Rashford 5.

Reaction 

Many offered plaudits for Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku following their link-up play for United’s winner. 

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