Man Utd bounce back with crucial win

English Premier League

Manchester United maintained their unbeaten record under Ralf Rangnick after defeating Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

Ralf Rangnick made six changes from the draw with Newcastle United, as Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to the line-up.

The game got off to a lively as start Burnley's Chris Wood went inches wide with a curling strike, before Cristiano Ronaldo squandered a glorious one-on-one chance a few minutes later at the other end.

The deadlock was broken in the eighth minute courtesy of Scott McTominay, who opened his account for the season with a neat finish that beat Wayne Hennessey and found the bottom corner.

The Red Devils continued to dominate and went on to grab a second goal as Sancho cut in from the right to fire into the far corner, although replays showed the effort took a deflection off Ben Mee.

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Ronaldo got his name on the scoresheet 10 minutes before the break with a finish into an empty net after Hennessey had tipped McTominay's strike onto the crossbar.

The visitors did manage to give themselves some hope seven minutes before the break courtesy of a neat finish from Aaron Lennon after the United defence failed to clear their lines.

The second half got off to a slow start, but Rangnick was forced to make a change after the hour mark Raphael Varane replaced Bailly who seemingly picked up a knock, which could be bad news for Ivory Coast.

The departure of Bailly did not affect the hosts at all as Raphael Varane was drafted in alongside Harry Maguire, while the visitors only looked like scoring on set-pieces in the closing stages.

The win takes Man United up to sixth spot on the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-place Arsenal who face Manchester City on Saturday.

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