On a foggy night back under the lights of Old Trafford after our humbling from Liverpool. We could be forgiven for thinking this would be an easy result ( it used to be).With Ole in a buoyant mood before the kick
off saying “we aim to play as much as we can in there half”.When it came to the team sheet Ole explained that Jones and Mata would be replacing Victor (ill) and Shaw, Jones’ inclusion was ratified by Ole’s statement “he’s always at training” ( you could hear twitter laughing ).
Manchester United controlled the game, starting from the first tackle united had countless shots in the first half an hour up the left and the right wings thanks to Aaron Wan Bissaka and the marauding runs of Williams .none materialised into a goal Ben Mee and James Tarkowski were always where they needed to be. Even if Burnley seemed happy they were about to be happier… What started with a not worrying freekick after Jones fell over (nothing new there) and then fouled Chris wood thanks to a long-range kick from Westwood and some suspect defending from Maguire, Wood put it past De Gea.
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The first half continued with United having the majority of possession but a lack of killer instinct. Aaron Wan-Bissaka could have had 3 assists in the first half if Martial and Mata and Andreas had been able to beat Nick Pope. Andreas had the most chances repeatedly firing shots but hitting nothing but Mee and Tarkowski (and rows). The second half started with a substitution Mason Greenwood on for Andreas Pereira.
The second half dragged on in the same vein, United enjoyed lots of the ball but failed to create a clear chance. In one of Burnley’s few chances of the evening, Jay Rodriguez was put clean through and unleashed a blistering shot into the roof of De Gea’s net. United controlled the game from start to finish but a failure to finish countless chances have cost them dearly once again.
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We need a striker and an attacking midfielder so badly our failure to finish chances is our main issue Anthony Martial is not a Striker Mason Greenwood isn’t ready and Marcus Rashford is injured…..Andreas is utter crap and Mata as impressive as he has been, his legs are gone!
Unfortunately Ole will probably pay the price for a lack of football knowledge at the money level of Manchester United. #SackWoodward