Rooney back in the goals as United sharpen up ahead of City show­down

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer - JAMIE JACK­SON at Turf Moor

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

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