Manchester United 2-2 Burnley: 5 Talking Points

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Manchester United came back from behind to secure a 2-2 draw with Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood gave the visitors a 2-goal lead, which looked quite unassailable. However, the Red Devils fought hard, until Paul Pogba scored from the spot to pull one back, and Victor Lindelof eventually bagged the crucial equalizer.

Here are the five talking points from this exciting clash at Old Trafford:

 

1. Heroic Heaton

Burnley shot-stopper Tom Heaton was simply sensational at the Theatre of Dreams, as he expertly managed to frustrate the Manchester United forwards with his heroics in goal.

The goalkeeper was helped by the defence in front of him as well, as Sean Dyche’s backline put up an exceptional defensive display, especially in the first half of the fixture.

Heaton’s performances since his return from injury seem to have completely altered his team’s fortune in recent games. And if he continues to maintain that level, Joe Hart may be left warming the bench for the games to come.

 

2. Comeback Kings

The Mancunian giants were infamous for their magical comebacks under Sir Alex Ferguson, and the same determination and never-say-die attitude was displayed by the team managed by the Scot’s super-sub on Tuesday night.

United started the match in a mediocre manner, but they did up the tempo late in the game, scoring two goals in quick succession to level the scores 2-2 from being two goals down in the 86th minute.

In fact, many fans believe the home side could have gone all the way and bagged a win in the final moments of the game, had the referee taken into account all the time that was wasted by the Burnley players to save their result.

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3. Leaky Defence

A poor pack of defenders has been one of the biggest issues at Manchester United even before the current season began, and it was once again made evident by Burnley during the second half.

A mistake involving Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira for the first goal, and lack of proper marking for the second resulted in the visitors mounting a decent lead. And had it not been for United’s attitude and confidence, Solskjaer would surely have suffered his first defeat as the interim boss.

The 20-time English champions need to heavily invest in defensive reinforcements, and soon.

 

4. Complacent Team Selection

Solskjaer fielded a somewhat altered lineup for this Premier League fixture, with the likes of Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Pereira coming in.

While the former two weren’t as effective as the gaffer would have liked, Pereira put in a poor showing, which also involved a direct involvement in the concession of the opening goal.

However, when Jesse Lingard – an established starter under Ole – was introduced in the second half, the Englishman changed the tide of the game with his clever movement, whilst also winning the penalty that was converted by Paul Pogba.

Further, Ander Herrera’s presence in the middle of the park was sorely missed as well, as his passion, tenacity, and leadership skills might just have aided his teammates mount a comeback sooner and bag all three points from the fixture.

 

5. Still Unbeaten

Despite the draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains unbeaten since taking over the reigns at his former club.

The Norwegian could have broken the historic record of having made the best start to a Premier League managerial tenure had he won the game, but the result means he will have to share the spotlight with Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola in the grand scheme of things.

However, Ole did technically better his competitors’ records by drawing his seventh fixture, as the ex-Chelsea gaffer and the current Manchester City boss had both lost theirs.

 

This results keeps Manchester United in the sixth spot in the league table. Having suffered this minor setback, they will simply have to go on and resume their top four pursuit this Sunday, when they visit Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.