MANCHESTER UNITED 2-BURNLEY 2 I REFUSE TO CELEBRATE A POINT
Things are not going well with us at this point. When a club as rich and successful as us are celebrating a point at home against a club run on a budget as small as Burnley’s, you know things are bad.
Right from kick off, the energy, the application, the zip was just not there. Burnley were the ones looking more up for the fight than we. It just seemed that a lot of our guys were still carrying the after effects of the Christmas feasts of the previous night.
After losing the derby against runaway league leaders and bitter rivals Man City – and being knocked out of the Carabao Cup last week against the (Mighty) Bristol City – this desperate late draw was another body blow to the season
After the 2-2 disappointment at Leicester on Saturday, the Red Devils are now looking over their shoulders rather than up.
Boos were heard for the first time in Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford yesterday and he would have heard it too.
Ashely barnes with the opener for Burnley
In our last game, we sufferd last minute blues with Leicester nicking a last minute equalizer, but this time in just 3 minutes we were already behind.
Johann Gudmundsson’s free-kick was not dealt with in the United box as Romelu Lukaku once again unwittingly assisted the opposition and Ashley Barnes fired home. It wasn’t in any way shape or form what you might call Vintage United defending. As Barnes should’nt have been allowed a second bite at the cherry.
It was two on 36 minutes when Ashley Young’s foul on Scott Arfield saw a free kick given to the visitors 25 yards out.
Up stepped Steven Defour who curled an absolute belter into the top left corner. De gea as good a shot stopper as he is was completely beaten by the amazing hit. 2-0 down and the Dark clouds were certainly gathering at this point.
But we responded almost immediately and Marcus Rashford had a shot cleared off the line by Ben Mee. (what a weird name)
The home side were then denied by an incredible save five minutes into the second period.
Young provided the cross and substitute Jesse Lingard’s point blank shot was parried up by Nick Pope’s outstretched hand.
The ball bounced on the bar twice before being hacked away.
Lingard quickly made up for that on 53 minutes.
Young was once again the supplier and Lingard allowed the ball to run through his legs before he flicked it with his right instep into the far corner.
United were back in the game but could not get a second until the first minute of injury time when Lingard grabbed his second and a point for United by firing a shot through a crowded penalty area and in. And so 2-2 it ended. Not the result we were expecting.
That title dream is looking ever so faded now. And its not so much down to how Mancity have been so good but also how we haven’t been able to find the sort of balance and consistency to match them result for result. Mourinho will be a very worried man at the recent lack of goals of Lukaku and the also the supply or lack of it he seems to be getting. The Manager’s post match comments about Mancity’s spending power was unnecessary and will not help his popularity among his critics in the fan base but he will have to critically assess his position as the chasing pack behind him are well and truly gaining on him.