Tuesday night was one to forget for Manchester as a footballing city, as both of its big clubs dropped points in the Premier League and now find themselves far behind their planned finishing spots for the season.
Newcastle United caused the upset of the new year so far, as they completed a turnaround at home to defeat the defending champions 2-1, leaving Pep Guardiola’s side 4 points behind leaders Liverpool, having played one game extra.
That was not the only shocking outcome yesterday, as Manchester United dropped crucial points at Old Trafford against an inspired Burnley team, led by a man on a mission in the shape of Tom Heaton.
The visitors stunned one and all when they took a 2-0 lead late in the second half, eventually forcing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run to come to a surprising end.
It took a late comeback from the Red Devils, with goals from Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof helping them snatch a point in the end. The side now trails Arsenal and Chelsea by 2 points, with the latter in action later tonight.
Ole spoke about the performance after the match, and when asked about Andreas Pereira’s error that led to the first goal, he replied: “No. It was the right decision to make. We had a couple of niggles and unfortunately he’s involved in the first goal but that’s the whole team.
“We played our way into trouble there. Instead of starting off with a forward pass we played it back to the keeper so that’s just another thing we have to learn from.”
The young Brazilian will surely have a lot of confidence due to the trust shown in his abilities by the manager, and Ole claiming “Andreas will be better off for having this experience so no problem about that,” will inspire him that much more to play better.