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Manchester United v Burnley Live Commentary, 18/04/2021

3 - 1
M. Greenwood (48)
M. Greenwood (84)
E. Cavani (90+3)
J. Tarkowski (50)
Old Trafford


That is all from this Premier League fixture, until next time!
The Red Devils, who have now won five top-flight games on the bounce, travel to rivals Leeds United next Sunday before their Europa League semi-final clash with Roma the following Thursday. The Clarets, who are six points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, visit Wolves next as they look to end their poor run of form.
After going in goalless at half-time, Greenwood opened the scoring with a cool, left-footed finish, courtesy of Fernandes' smart dummy inside the area. Just 114 seconds later, Tarkowski levelled things up with a header from Westwood's corner before Greenwood restored United's lead with a deflected finish in the 84th minute. The Clarets sent numbers forward in search of an equaliser, which allowed van de Beek to tee up Cavani on the counter-attack to seal a 3-1 victory in additional time.
D. van de Beek
Manchester United
90' + 3' Fernandes, Greenwood and van de Beek exchange passes with the latter squaring across goal on the counter-attack for Cavani to make it three with an easy tap-in from close range. The assist goes to the Dutchman but Shaw's tackle on Vydra at the other end deserves as much credit for the goal.
E. Cavani
Manchester United
90' + 3' GOOALLLLL!!! 3-1 UNITED! Shaw’s tackle allows Fernandes to launch a counter-attack and the Portuguese midfielder finds Greenwood. The United forward plays back across to Fernandes, who slides in van de Beek. The Dutchman, from the left of goal, opts to pass across the six-yard area and Cavani has the simplest of tap-ins into an empty net. VAR checks for offside in the build-up before allowing the goal to stand.
90' + 2' Vydra makes a surging run inwards from the left, beating Lindelof and Maguire before Shaw produces a perfect last-ditch tackle to avert the danger. Down the other end, United have the chance to counter-attack through van de Beek and Fernandes.
90' + 1' OFF THE LINE! Van de Beek smartly flicks through for Greenwood, who draws out Peacock-Farrell before squaring for Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder hesitates for too long, which allows Tarkowski to drop back and block his right-footed effort on the line. Fernandes appeals for handball but Moss awards a corner and VAR agrees with the original decision.
90' SAVE! Cavani links up the play by feeding Greenwood, who rolls in McTominay to the right of goal. The Scot's forward run sees him one-on-one with Peacock-Farrell but he can only slide a right-footed finish into the feet of the incoming goalkeeper.
J. Tarkowski
Yellow Card
89' Tarkowski rushes out to the right-hand touchline, standing on the foot of van de Beek to bring down the Dutchman. For his cynical efforts, the centre-back becomes the next name in Moss' book.
J. Rodríguez
J. Guðmunds­son
88' At the same time as Vydra's introduction, Rodriguez replaces Gudmundsson to make it three Burnley forwards on the pitch in the closing stages.
M. Vydra
J. Brownhill
88' Brownhill makes his way off for Vydra as Dyche chases a late equaliser at Old Trafford.
86' Greenwood is now the joint-top scoring teenager in Premier League history for Manchester United (15, level with Wayne Rooney). He also has scored more top-flight goals as a teenager within the top five European leagues than anyone else (15) since the start of last season.
P. Pogba
Manchester United
84' Pogba regains possession from United's wayward corner, working it to the right for Greenwood. The United forward, who scored the first goal, drills an effort past Peacock-Farrell at the front post, courtesy of a deflection from full-back Taylor.
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
84' GOOOALLLLLLLLL!! 2-1 UNITED! The hosts’ set-piece comes to nothing and Pogba recycles possession out to Greenwood. The United forward cuts in on his left foot, powering a strike towards the near post past Peacock-Farrell. The goalkeeper has no chance of stopping it as it takes a huge deflection off the diving challenge of Taylor. VAR has a quick check for offside against Cavani before letting the goal stand.
D. van de Beek
M. Rashford
Manchester United
84' Van de Beek is the man introduced for Rashford, who seems fairly annoyed to come off but Solskjaer may be protecting him after his foot injury.
83' McTominay attempts to create an opening with a cross from out wide but Mee flicks a headed clearance behind for a corner. On the touchline, Solskjaer is preparing a change before the set-piece can be taken.
82' Gudmundsson has the chance to cut in from the right, moving inside onto his left foot before being crowded out by Maguire and Pogba. Wood throws his arms in the air as he was waiting for a cross towards the back post from his Icelandic team-mate.
81' Henderson comes out with real authority to claim Westwood's set-piece and Greenwood thinks he has broken away down the right-hand channel. Referee Moss, however, sees it differently and awards a free-kick for a foul on Taylor.
80' Westwood whips a cross towards the far post, where Pogba flicks away a clearance to the right-hand corner. Burnley will have a set-piece from the same position in which they equalised through Tarkowski earlier in the second half.
79' Since winning back-to-back league games against Liverpool and Aston Villa in January, Burnley have won just two of their subsequent 12 Premier League matches (D5 L5). Both of these victories have come away from home, however (versus Crystal Palace and Everton).
77' Shaw dances past Lowton, twisting one way then the other and crossing towards the far post. Taylor slips in his clearance and ends up giving away a corner to the home side, which comes to nothing.
76' Westwood knocks the ball back to the hosts and Tarkowski wanders back onto the pitch. The centre-back's reason for going down still remains unclear as no one was near him when he did require treatment. Nevertheless, the score remains level at 1-1 at Old Trafford with 15 minutes to go.
74' Tarkowski, scorer of the visitors' equaliser, goes down off the ball and referee Moss waves on the physios from the touchline. The centre-back seems to have a head injury as the medical staff hold his jaw but it looks like he will be fine to carry on.
72' As the game passes the 70-minute mark, only one change has been made so far in this game - the introduction of Cavani at half-time. The game is fairly evenly matched at the minute, could either manager find inspiration from their bench to change this Premier League affair?
70' SAVE! Shaw, who has been one of United's best attacking outlets, gets rolled in by Rashford and hooks a cross back towards the six-yard area. Fernandes, who has arrived late, latches onto the cross and heads down towards the bottom left corner, where Peacock-Farrell parries away a smart save.
69' Maguire plays in Rashford, who takes one touch out of his feet to the left of goal before being tackled by Lowton. The hosts feel they should have a corner but Moss points for a goal-kick, much to the delight of Peacock-Farrell and his defenders in front of him.
68' Greenwood makes it to the byline past Taylor, driving a pass across the face of goal which loops up in the air. Cavani leans against Mee but the forward can't bring the ball down and the Clarets manage to clear.
67' Wood has scored in his last two Premier League games away against United. Only five visiting players have scored in three consecutive appearances at Old Trafford in the competition – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2001), Mark Viduka (2007), Emmanuel Adebayor (2014), Sergio Aguero (2015) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (2017).
66' Wood, who is leading Burnley's shooting statistics by some way here at Old Trafford, looks to fire again from range but Maguire blocks with his body in front of Henderson's goal. Will Dyche perhaps introduce Vydra soon to offer the Clarets some more pace on the counter-attack?
65' Shaw's outswinging corner is met by Maguire but the United captain can only head well wide of Peacock-Farrell's goal to the right.
64' Rashford beats Lowton with ease, going down the line on his left foot and attempting to find Cavani at the near post. Mee, however, is once again on hand to turn away for a corner.
63' CHANCE! Wood gets isolated one-on-one with Wan-Bissaka, hesitating in possession before rolling back for McNeil. The Burnley midfielder takes one touch before poking a left-footed volley towards goal. Henderson looks concerned but doesn't have to make a save as Brownhill gets in the way of the strike and finds himself offside.
62' The Red Devils are playing almost exclusively in Burnley's half but haven't created much since Greenwood's opener. They have to remember, however, Wood remains a constant threat on the counter-attack. The New Zealand forward, in fact, shoots from range but Maguire blocks before Henderson is required.
60' Greenwood twists and turns past Tarkowski but his final drilled pass across the face of goal gets cleared away by Mee. United's wingers seem to be operating better now they have a target to aim at in the middle, courtesy of Cavani's half-time introduction by Solskjaer.
59' Since his maiden Premier League campaign in 2012-13, Westwood has assisted 16 Premier League goals from set-pieces, the fourth-most over this period behind Christian Eriksen (24), Chris Brunt (24) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (20).
58' Fernandes drifts out wide to swing in a cross from deep but he doesn't beat the first man and Mee heads away. Brownhill goes roaming on the counter-attack but his final pass to Wood is wayward and United intercept.
J. Cork
Yellow Card
57' Westwood and Cork combine to bring down Pogba in the middle of the park. Cork gets away with it but Westwood becomes the first Burnley name in the book for tripping up the Frenchman.
55' Henderson again finds himself in the middle of nowhere but this time his defenders get him out of trouble to stop McNeil from shooting from range. That's the second time the goalkeeper has rushed off his line and it can't be filling Lindelof or Maguire with too much confidence in front of him.
54' Wan-Bissaka takes an age over a throw-in as referee Moss insists he moves further back. Shaw on the opposite flank feeds Rashford but Mee manages to step in and intervene before Cavani can test Peacock-Farrell.
52' That goal is the 1000th goal United have conceded in the Premier League. It also signified Tarkowski's first Premier League goal of the season for the Clarets.
A. Westwood
50' Westwood takes an inswinging set-piece, which McNeil won courtesy of a Maguire tackle, and picks out Tarkowski inside the area. The centre-back outjumps his opposite man and turns it past Henderson from close range.
J. Tarkowski
50' GOOOOALLLL! 1-1! Westwood swings in the resulting corner from the left-hand side, finding Tarkowski, who heads into the right-hand corner from close range. Despite numerous bodies inside the area, the Burnley centre-back gets in between the likes of Maguire and Pogba to instantly level things up!
49' Maguire is called upon at the other end, turning behind for a corner as McNeil looks to get the Clarets instantly back in this game.
M. Rashford
Manchester United
48' Rashford roams down the left-hand channel, beating his opposite full-back Lowton before passing across to Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder dummies the pass, leaving it for Greenwood, who opens the scoring.
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
48' GOOOOOOALLLLL! 1-0 UNITED! Rashford races towards the edge of the area after beating Lowton, cutting inside and opting to pass across goal instead of shoot. Fernandes dummies Rashford’s pass, letting the ball slide through his legs to Greenwood, who from the right of goal places a left-footed finish past Peacock-Farrell into the bottom left corner.
47' Fernandes attempts to find Cavani at the near post but, after a headed deflection, Peacock-Farrell takes charge and commands his area in the early stages of the second half.
46' Both sides are back out and referee Moss gets the game back underway!
E. Cavani
Manchester United
46' Solskjaer makes a change at half-time as he sends on Cavani for Fred. Pogba will now drop deeper and Rashford will move to the left-hand side to accommodate for Cavani's introduction.
Greenwood's recent performances were rewarded by a start from Solskjaer, however, the United boss may soon introduce Cavani from the bench if the hosts fail to score early in the second half. Dyche, in contrast, will be delighted with his team's performance and will feel unlucky that Wood hasn't given them the lead at Old Trafford.
Burnley thought they had got off to the perfect start as Wood headed past a stranded Henderson but the forward was flagged for offside after a minute. Down the other end, Rashford, Greenwood and Pogba have all gone close but none have beaten Peacock-Farrell, which is why these two sides go in level at half-time at 0-0.
45' + 1' McNeil delivers towards Tarkowski, who heads towards the far post, where Wood goes flying in but he can't get the final touch past Henderson. The goalkeeper ends up on the floor after being caught by Wood's lunging dive but is fine to carry on immediately.
45' Brownhill draws another foul from McTominay and McNeil will have a chance to cross from a set-piece as the fourth official announces there will be one minute of added time.
43' McTominay wanders out wide and finds the head of Greenwood, who flicks a header well wide of goal from near the penalty spot. Shaw races after the loose ball but the effort ends up going out for a throw-in, deep in the right-hand corner of Burnley's half.
42' WIDE! Pogba bundles over Brownhill on the right-hand touchline, which offers the visitors a free-kick out wide. Lowton angles in the set-piece and Tarkowski flicks on the initial cross. Wood gets in front of his man, hitting a first-time left-footed volley towards Henderson's right but it goes wide of the target.
40' Greenwood has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances, having scored in just one of his first 23 games this season. The 19-year-old has scored 13 Premier League goals in total, with only Wayne Rooney (15) scoring more as a teenager for the Red Devils in the competition.
38' CLOSE! Fernandes whips a pass to Rashford to the right of goal and the English forward drives a first-time cross across the six-yard area. Greenwood is unmarked and all he has to do is get the final touch into an open goal but he misses the ball by a few inches and the chance goes amiss.
37' Tarkowski and Lowton are being fairly vocal towards Rashford as they feel he has dived in the prior collision with Peacock-Farrell. Nevertheless, the game goes on and the score remains level at 0-0 at Old Trafford.
36' Rashford goes one-on-one with Peacock-Farrell as the pair clash to bring down a long ball from United's defence. The goalkeeper catches Rashford as the forward touches the ball around him but referee Moss again shakes his head and doesn't award a penalty. VAR has another check and sticks with the original decision.
34' Lowton curls another cross in from deep and Wood goes down, courtesy of a slight push in the back from Wan-Bissaka. Referee Moss doesn't see a problem with Wan-Bissaka's involvement and neither does VAR, who have a quick check of the challenge before allowing play to go on.
33' Maguire plays an inch-perfect long ball to Greenwood in the right-hand channel but the young English forward has drifted offside and the visitors get a free-kick. Peacock-Farrell, who has replaced Nick Pope and done a good job so far, unsurprisingly pumps the kick long up the pitch.
32' Similar to the chance from kick-off, Lowton drills a cross towards the penalty spot, where Wood gets in between Maguire and Lindelof to head wide of Henderson's goal. This time, however, Henderson stays on his line and watches the forward's chance go wide.
31' Shaw's inswinging corner goes towards the near post, where Pogba flicks a header high over Burnley's goal. The Frenchman has now twice found space to head at goal inside the area as he continues arriving late in the box and causing problems.
30' CHANCE! Shaw, Rashford and Fernandes exchange passes on the left-hand side and Lowton can't get near the trio of attackers. Rashford takes matters into his own hands, moving in and firing a powerful right-footed strike towards the near post from a tight angle. Peacock-Farrell, as has been the case all half, is on hand to parry around the post.
28' The home side won three of the first four Premier League meetings between United and Burnley (D1) – since then, the home side has failed to win any of the nine meetings between the sides (D3 L6).
27' The away side play on while Brownhill receives treatment on the touchline after Wan-Bissaka's sliding tackle. Brownhill returns within the same minute and he races up the pitch to support Wood, who was inches away from making it onto Lowton's long cross.
A. Wan-Bissaka
Yellow Card
Manchester United
26' Perhaps from the build-up of Fernandes' frustrations, Wan-Bissaka clatters into Brownhill with a sliding tackle and the right-back becomes the first booking of the game.
25' Brownhill is the next man to catch Fernandes, who again jumps up to exchange a few words with the opposition. For the second time in as many minutes, referee Moss comes across to calm Fernandes down and remove any commotion on the pitch.
24' The visitors' first corner of the game comes to nothing as United stand firm to head clear. Tarkowski then gives Fernandes a nudge in the back as the Portuguese midfielder shelters the ball out of play and referee Moss has to come across to have a quiet word with both players.
23' Taylor goes on a rare foray forward as he looks to latch onto McNeil's throughball down the left. Lindelof rushes across to cover Wan-Bissaka and is forced into conceding Burnley's first corner of the game.
21' Shaw delivers a deep cross and, with Rashford and Greenwood lurking, Taylor does well to hook away a clearance. Rashford then roams down the left-hand channel but he is flagged for offside by the assistant on the near side.
19' Pogba chips a delicate pass towards Greenwood, who goes down the line before powering a right-footed pass towards the near post. Peacock-Farrell dives down on Greenwood's ball and Rashford doesn't get the chance to pounce in between Mee and Taylor.
18' After a fairly bright start, the Clarets are now sitting slightly deeper and watching the hosts play in front of them. Shaw does find space on the left but his floated cross gets headed away rather easily by Mee, who towers above Rashford inside the box.
16' Pogba wanders inside and exchanges numerous passes with McTominay. Rashford then opts to go more direct but his pass through for Fernandes just slides too far towards Peacock-Farrell and the goalkeeper collects.
14' WIDE! Rashford leads the Red Devils counter-attack and the Burnley defenders don't know which way the English forward is going to go. He eventually opts to play to his left, where Fernandes then curls a right-footed effort back towards the bottom right corner. Peacock-Farrell, however, isn't required as the strike goes just wide of the target.
13' SAVE! Greenwood and Rashford both create room for each other before seeing their shots blocked by the wall of Clarets defenders. Down the other end, Wood goes on his own, moving in from the left-hand channel and seeing his low right-footed strike saved fairly comfortably by Henderson.
12' While Shaw has been United's best attacking outlet this season, it is Wan-Bissaka who is having the most joy out of the two full-backs so far here. With Greenwood drifting inwards, the right-back is being offered tons of space and McNeil is going to have a task on his hands defensively at Old Trafford.
11' Burnley are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games against United (W1 D3) – the only team to avoid defeat in five consecutive Premier League visits to Old Trafford is Chelsea, who did so in six consecutive games between 1994 and 1998.
10' CLOSE! McTominay works it wide to Wan-Bissaka, who whips a cross onto the head of Pogba inside the area. The Frenchman jumps above Tarkowski, pushing a header back towards the top left corner. Peacock-Farrell scrambles across, tipping it wide of goal with the help of the right-hand post.
8' Westwood drifts wide, looking to curl a pass over the United defence for the run of Wood but Maguire deals with the danger. Both sides have started this fixture positively and are looking to progress with possession whenever the opportunity arises.
7' Shaw goes short from the corner and the ball ends up back with the left-back, who angles in a cross towards the back post. Burnley stand firm, despite the presence of Maguire and Lindelof, and manage to head clear towards the left-hand channel.
6' Shaw races to the byline and cuts inside, crossing towards the far post for Wan-Bissaka. McNeil, however, is back doing his defensive duties and heads out for the first corner of the game to the hosts.
4' BLOCK! Wan-Bissaka races into the area on the right and Rashford plays him in. The right-back pulls back to McTominay on the edge of the area and the Scot places a shot towards the bottom left corner, where Mee and Tarkowski combine to block on the line in front of Peacock-Farrell.
2' Wood's disallowed goal should serve as an early warning for Henderson, who needlessly came rushing off his line to punch a cross that he got nowhere near. With the visitors operating with just a one-man attack, Henderson should expect a barrage of those sort of crosses into his area.
1' NO GOAL! Lowton goes long from kick-off and finds the head of Wood, who jumps in front of Henderson inside the area to head into an empty net. The forward thinks he has given the visitors the perfect start but the assistant flags for offside. VAR has a quick check before confirming Wood was just offside from the initial cross.
1' Referee Jonathan Moss blows his whistle to get this Premier League game underway!
United are looking to complete their first league double over Burnley since the 1975-76 campaign, following their 1-0 win at Turf Moor in the reverse fixture.
Dyche opts for two changes from the Newcastle fixture as Taylor and Cork replace Pieters and Vydra. With the introduction of Cork, Burnley change from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-5-1 for the trip to Old Trafford. Crucially for the visitors, Nick Pope is not fit enough to make the squad so Peacock-Farrell again starts in goal for the Clarets.
Solskjaer makes five changes from midweek against Granada. Rashford returns from a foot injury and replaces Cavani, Henderson is preferred in goal ahead of De Gea and Tuanzebe drops to the bench for Maguire. The other two changes see McTominay come in for Matic and Shaw start instead of Telles at left-back.
SUBS: Richard Nartey, Jimmy Dunne, Matej Vydra, Phil Bardsley, Will Norris, Jay Rodriguez, Dale Stephens, Lewis Richardson, Erik Pieters.
BURNLEY (4-5-1): Bailey Peacock-Farrell; Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Chris Wood.
SUBS: Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Brandon Williams, David de Gea, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Daniel James, Axel Tuanzebe, Donny van de Beek.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Scott McTominay, Fred; Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Mason Greenwood.
Burnley have thrown away two winning positions in their last two games, collapsing to a 3-2 defeat against Southampton and a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United most recently. One win in their last eight Premier League games should be concerning for Sean Dyche, however, the Clarets are unbeaten in their last four visits to Old Trafford and were victorious in the corresponding fixture last year.
The hosts come into this fixture in search of their fifth consecutive top-flight win, a feat they haven’t achieved since winning their first six games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils’ last league outing saw them beat Tottenham 3-1 and victory here would put United 12 points clear of fifth place, almost guaranteeing Champions League football for next season.
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