Five talking points as Greenwood's brace seals Man Utd win against Burnley


Burnley were cruelly denied a point against Manchester United when Mason Greenwood bagged another late winner.

The Clarets secured a memorable win at the Red Devils last season and again held their own against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

Chris Wood thought he’d given the visitors an early lead before the offside flag denied him in what was largely an underwhelming first-half.

The second 45 burst into life when Greenwood slotted home to put the hosts ahead. That lead was short lived though as James Tarkowski headed home Burnley’s equalisers.

The game continued to ebb and flow as both side’s enjoyed periods of dominance.

Burnley’s set piece threat made sure they remained in the contest on a day when competitiveness and elitism appear to have clashed in what could have seismic consequences for football.

Greenwood and United would have the last word though as his deflected effort found a way in with less than ten minutes to go before Edinson Cavani added another in injury time.

Here are five talking points from Old Trafford.



Mason Greenwood grabbed a brace
Mason Greenwood grabbed a brace

1. Utd vs Burnley.. for how long?

Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford was played in the backdrop of an attempted European Super League breakaway.

United were one of the six teams to sign up to a tournament that would feature Europe’s elite and render the concept of competitiveness redundant.

It means teams like Burnley would never be able to rub shoulders with the continent’s elite, much like Leicester did so memorably in 2017.

The Premier League have already released a statement condemning their actions amid suggestions the six teams would be banned from domestic competition if they followed through with the proposal.

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These issues are part of a far wider discussion, but greed is looking to trump the principles upon which English football has been based on.

A lavishly assembled United team had to dig deep to beat a Burnley team who can only dream of their resources – yet they think they’re ready for a European Super League?

2. Greenwood’s renaissance

Greenwood scored for the third league game in a row as his impressive form continues.

The youngster has long been hailed as the best finisher at the club and proved that on many times last season.

But after an impressive breakout year the teenager has been unable to replicate that form, at least until now.

Solskjaer challenged Greenwood not to become a victim of second season syndrome and it appears he has responded.

Whether from the bench or as a starter, the United forward is again back in the goals which is only good news for those in red.



Mason Greenwood continued his impressive form
Mason Greenwood continued his impressive form

3. A proven formula

Burnley do what they do incredibly well and it probably doesn’t result in the praise it should.

They constantly punch above their weight, so much so that we consider them a standard top flight outfit.

Sean Dyche’s side do not enjoy the luxuries that many of their rivals do, not that you’d know it.

Their defensive pairing of Tarkowski and Ben Mee is among the best in the league whilst Wood’s presence in attack always gives them a chance, something we again saw today.

Barring a collapse they will again be a Premier League team next season and continue to hold their own against the league’s elite.

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James Tarkowski headed in the equaliser
James Tarkowski headed in the equaliser

4. Unconvincing Henderson

At a time where United are in the midst of potentially changing their No 1 the spotlight is always going to be on the man in goal.

Henderson is looking to usurp David de Gea as first choice, something many have called for since the summer.

For weeks he has looked a commanding presence, but against the Clarets he endured perhaps his worst game as a United goalkeeper.

It was only the offside flag that saved him early on and many will feel he should’ve been more commanding for the Burnley equaliser.

Shortly after that he came for a long ball and clattered with Victor Lindelof in a moment that stunk of indecision and panic.

There is huge faith in the English goalkeeper, but this performance was far from what will be expected in the future.

5. Home disadvantage?

Burnley have a good record at Old Trafford just like United have enjoyed trips to Turf Moor.

So its probably not a surprise to find out that the home side had failed to win in the last nine Premier League meetings between these two clubs – but that sequence was snapped this afternoon.

The Clarets won at United last season and have enjoyed several draws in Manchester.

The Red Devils meanwhile have won every game at Turf Moor since Burnley’s return to the top flight in 2016.





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