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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Burnley

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Manchester United 3-1 Burnley | Premier League

Manchester United gain a hard-fought three points leaving the Reds eight points behind league leaders Manchester City.

A brace from Mason Greenwood and a well-worked Edinson Cavani goal at the death means United could have it all to play for with 6 games to go.

Here’s how each player performed alongside a rating out of 10:

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Dean Henderson: 5

The over-exuberant nature of a goalkeeper trying to prove himself showed once again. Henderson made a number of rash decisions that he’s lucky Burnley didn’t capitalise on. It’s clear that the keeper may need to relax to avoid any blunders in upcoming games.

Defence

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7

Wan-Bissaka’s first-half performance eclipsed his second in terms of quality. In the first, early on he was given more space and time to cross the ball and put in some dangerous crosses. In the second, as the Burnley pressure stepped up he made some important blocks and clearances.

Victor Lindelof: 6

Chris Wood’s physical presence seemed too much for Lindelof although the striker did not score which counts for something.

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Harry Maguire: 6

Maguire was trialled on set plays by the presence of James Tarkowski. United’s captain, unfortunately, lost one of many of their battles leading to the Clarets’ equaliser.

Luke Shaw: 6

A steady performance, had the left side on lockdown as he has for numerous games this season.

Midfield

Scott McTominay: 6

McTominay was more than a match for Burnley’s physical threat but seemed to play within himself offensively. On a number of occasions, the midfielder had the opportunity to put a cross in from that inside right area but opted for an easy sideways pass.

Fred: 6

Played steadily before being substituted at half-time for a more offensive approach.

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Bruno Fernandes: 6

A disappointing performance, in all honesty, had a couple of chances to score but poor finishes and wrong decisions meant that he failed to find the net.

Paul Pogba: 7

Pogba had a mixed influence on the game, perhaps dictated to by his change in position. He started in that inside left position before being moved into the pivot as Fred was withdrawn. In the first half, his interplay with Fernandes seemed United’s most likely route to goal. In the second he drove from deep areas to affect the game.

Attack

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Mason Greenwood: 8

Greenwood quietly went about his business to get his two goals. In the first half, he missed a couple of chances but made up for them with his later finishes. He didn’t do much out of possession but was a constant threat in possession.

Marcus Rashford: 8

Rashford’s overall fitness has been some cause for concern all season but when he’s playing like he did today you can perhaps see why Ole seems to rely on him so much. He was direct and full of flair and threw in some tricks to boot. His dribble to set up the first goal was sublime.

Substitutes
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Edinson Cavani: 7

The mere fact that the Uruguayan is the first number 7 to reach double figures since Ronaldo’s departure speaks volumes of his mentality.

Donny van de Beek: 7

A first Premier league assist for the Dutchman.

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