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Ilkay Gun­do­gan goal caught the eye, and City go into Satur­day in a sim­i­lar mood.

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AF­TER a strong start, Ro­dri has had his doubters, but he showed both his phys­i­cal strength and his fi­nesse at Turf Moor.

He said af­ter­wards that he is now fully un­der­stand­ing his role, and that seemed to be the case against Burn­ley.And with David Silva – al­ways a scourge of the Reds – show­ing some of his old form, and Kevin de Bruyne revving up nicely, the con­trast be­tween the midfields of the two Manch­ester clubs could not be more stark.

COR­NERED

BURN­LEY were des­per­ate to win cor­ners and free kicks in the fi­nal third to test a City team which is the small­est in the Pre­mier League.

United, with Harry Maguire and Vic­tor Lin­de­lof a threat, will also seek to drive home their height ad­van­tage.

City kept Burn­ley down to two cor­ners, and dealt with them well, with Nico­las Ota­mendi pro­vid­ing a rugged at­ti­tude needed against Chris Wood.

The early-sea­son prob­lem, when al­most ev­ery cor­ner seemed to bring a near-post headed goal, has been ad­dressed.

Gabriel Je­sus and David Silva cel­e­brate dur­ing the win over Burn­ley

Nico­las Ota­mendi

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