Rooney back in the goals as United sharpen up ahead of City showdown
Before the recalled Wayne Rooney’s 251st goal for the club, Anthony Martial became the first United man to score at Turf Moor in the league since Lou Macari in 1976.
The first half’s finest move resulted in the opener. This was a one-two fashioned over 70 yards as Martial collected, ran forward, and passed right to Ander Herrera. The midfielder returned the ball to the Frenchman, who continued his run and he nosed it coolly home.
This was 21 minutes in. As the match passed the half-hour Robbie Brady spun in a dangerous ball from the right and later the same player swung in free-kick from the left which caused Daley Blind to watch Ben Mee carefully while shep- herding the ball out.
As the break neared, disaster struck at the other end for Burnley. Paul Pogba held Joey Barton off and found Martial. His effort was only half-blocked and Rooney doubled the lead.
This was now about whether Burnley could grab a goal and affect United’s rhythm. Their problem continued to be final-third execution, with Brady the next culprit as he passed aimlessly during the second half’s opening exchanges.
Later, Pogba showed the winger how by banging a 25-yard shot at Tom Heaton, which had the goalkeeper sprawling left to prevent a third goal for the visitors. United coasted home after Michael Keane missed a late chance.
Burnley have collected an admirable 32 points at this venue, the division’s sixth best home haul. They have beaten Liverpool and drawn with Chelsea, yet United still handed them only a third loss before their own crowd. It is another indicator of what Mourinho is building as his team made it 23 Premier League games unbeaten.
Wayne Rooney: Scored his 251st goal for United after returning to the starting line-up