Burnley 0 – Man United 1
It may not have been the most convincing display, but Manchester United got their business done.
Jose Mourinho’s side won 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday in the Premier League.
The three points keeps United in second spot behind Man City, with a three point advantage over third-placed Chelsea.
Anthony Martial was the hero for the Red Devils at Turf Moor.
After brilliant work from Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku in the build-up, Martial smashed home a stunner off the underside of the Burnley bar.
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Romelu Lukaku’s lost goals
Of course, Romelu Lukaku again failed to add to his goals tally against Burnley.
Lukaku did score in the 3-0 win over Stoke last Monday night. Indeed, the 75 million pound signing has bagged 11 goals in the Premier League this season.
But Lukaku should have scored plenty more in his debut season.
Against Burnley, for example, Lukaku could easily have scored twice had his team mates provided him with the necessary service.
The first missed opportunity came 15 minutes from time. Paul Pogba tried his luck from the edge of the Burnley box when Lukaku was free as a bird in the area.
In a second incident in second half injury time, Marcus Rashford somehow failed to play a straightforward pass to his centre-forward when Lukaku was clean through on goal.
Will Alexis Sanchez provide Lukaku with the service he needs?
Working on the assumption that Man United get the deal done for Alexis Sanchez, how would the forward fit into Jose Mourinho’s plans?
That issue has been tackled by the Times in recent days. They’ve thrown up three possible lineups for Man United should Alexis make the move to Old Trafford.
In the first option, Sanchez could be deployed in a wide left role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
The big losers in that formation are the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
A second option is to play Sanchez alongside Jesse Lingard in a 4-3-2-1 setup.
But again that means there’s no room for Martial or Rashford in Mourinho’s side.
The third alternative is for United to play 4-3-3. In that scenario Lingard could struggle to get into the XI, while there would be one spot for either Martial or Rashford.
Do any of these options make sense?