New additions can’t come soon enough as Man United limp to defeat vs Burnley

Man United vs Burnley

Wednesday’s late Premier League clash saw Manchester United play host to Burnley.

The Red Devils were well and truly outclassed in their last league outing vs bitter rivals Liverpool.

And with 4th placed Chelsea having dropped points on Tuesday, Man United will no doubt have been keen to bounce back and secure all three points on Wednesday.

United started the day six points adrift of Chelsea, and level on points with 6th placed Wolves.

As for Burnley, they put an end to their winless run in the PL this past weekend with a hard-fought victory over Leicester.

But in the wake of Tuesday’s Premier League clashes, the Clarets found themselves just four points above the relegation zone, making a win vs United hugely important.

The teams

Man United were once again without the services of Marcus Rashford on Wednesday.

Outside of Rashford, United’s most noticeable absentee was Victor Lindelof, with Phil Jones having partnered Harry Maguire at centre-back vs Burnley.

Burnley’s starting eleven was pretty standard, with an injured Ashley Barnes the most noticeable omission.

Man United left to rue missed chances

Manchester United would start the tie on the front foot, which wasn’t too much of a surprise given Burnley last beat United at Old Trafford in 1962.

But for all of United’s dominance in the opening 15 minutes, they failed to carve out any real chances.

United’s first half-chance of the game came shortly after, though, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka playing a low ball to Anthony Martial who failed to get a decent connection on it.

But barring that Martial effort, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side failed to muster up any decent chances in the opening 25 minutes.

Juan Mata then made a hash of an AWB cross, with the marauding full-back arguably United’s biggest source of creativity in the first-half.

Following Mata’s big miss, Martial was handed another great opportunity to open the scoring, but the Frenchman was eventually closed down in the Burnley box after taking too many touches.

The Red Devils were then punished for failing to take their chances when Chris Wood fired Burnley into the lead 37 minutes in with what was their first good chance of the game.

Burnley win at Old Trafford

Solskjaer responded to United going 1-0 down by bringing on Mason Greenwood at the start of the second-half, in place of Andreas Pereira.

Despite the change, United once again began the second 45 lacking any real threat in attack.

And with 56 minutes on the clock, Burnley doubled their advantage via a thunderous Jay Rodriguez strike.

After going 2-0 down, OGS made a double change, with Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard replacing Daniel James and Brandon Williams.

But after making all three changes, United still looked bereft of any real spark in the attacking third.

Martial simply isn’t good enough to be Man United’s main goalscoring threat whilst Rashford is out, and the Reds’ midfield just didn’t create enough.

In fact, a case could be made that Aaron Wan-Bissaka posed United’s biggest attacking threat for much of the evening.

And while having a full-back who can create chances is positive, he really shouldn’t be your main source of creativity.

Shaw would have the ball in the back of the net at the end of the 90 minutes, but the goal didn’t stand, as the United man was adjudged to have pushed a Burnley defender.

The tie eventually drew to a close with Burnley clinching a 2-0 victory, their first win at Old Trafford since 1962.

Man United need to add fresh legs in January

So, with just over a week of the January transfer window left, it is quite clear that Man United need to bring in somebody this month.

Whether it be a fresh striker to help fill the void left by Marcus Rashford, a creative midfielder or another central-defender, United simply have to change something.

If the Reds don’t add in the winter window, it is hard to see this current squad, with its injury woes, mounting a proper challenge for a Champions League spot this term.

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