Big Chris Wood opens the scoring


78 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2        

Martial dances through the Burnley defence, who are left looking a bit leaden footed. He gets a shot away and hits the target. No power behind it though.9:49pm

77 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2       

BT commentator gives a second airing to his factoid that the last time Burnley won here, Kennedy was in power. John Fitzgerald, that is. 1962.9:47pm

74 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2      

United have no threat out wide, just trying to lump and bump their way through the Burnley centre. Burnley, of course, have plenty of lumps and bumps in the centre themselves. They stand firm, more than firm here.9:45pm

Jay Rodriguez of Burnley scores a screamer 
Jay Rodriguez of Burnley scores a screamer CREDIT: ALEX LIVESEY/GETTY IMAGES)

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69 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2     

Shaw and Lingard coming on. How d’you like dem apples, Man United fans?

James and Williams make way.9:41pm

68 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2    

Mata takes the flick… gets it up and whipped nicely, but it will not come down in time.

Mata's freekick

Follow your club now for first access to all our news, views and analysisBurnley9:40pm

67 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2   

Greenwood receives the ball and flicks it over the head of Taylor! Droooool. Charlie Taylor rugby tackles him. Hmm. Well, I guess he didn’t have much choice. It’s at least a yellow and a foul on the edge of the box, VAR is having a look but there were sufficient other men back that I think a yellow will suffice.9:38pm

63 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2  

Westwood is fouled, and is hurt. Burnley run the clock a bit, and then have  chance to deliver a freekick in. MUFC deal with that one.9:36pm

60 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2 

Whenever I blog United I always seem to end up typing “James a rare bright spot”

And thus tonight, as the talented young Welshman dances, opens up his body and shapes a shot that Pope gathers a touch theatrically. 9:32pm

57 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 2

The camera naturally finds Solskjaer, who looks deflated, resigned, and wretched.9:29pm

GOOOOOOAL! Manchester United 0 Burnley 2 (Rodriguez 56)

Rodriguez with a one two with Wood and lets her rip from the side edge of the box, left hand side. Ball sits up nice. He’s beaten De Gea at the near post! It’s an absolute thunderbison of a hit, De Gea beaten for sheer pace I think. Should a top, top, top goalie be beaten at the near post thus?

Adam Hurrey@FootballCliches

Jay Rodriguez taking full advantage of what is known in the trade as a Carlos Alberto Bobble2422:30 – 22 Jan 2020Twitter Ads information and privacySee Adam Hurrey’s other Tweets9:28pm

50 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 1    

This is absolute muck from United, playing it around at the back and just looking like a bunch of clueless cowardy custards. Like any right-thinking football supporter I am thoroughly enjoying MUFC being hopeless, but there is a limit, and that limit is when you have to actually sit through it. I can only imagine that their fans, from Basingstoke to Bangalore, must be livid.9:21pm

47 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 1   

Fred slips over in the box, falling on the ball, not his fault and no penalty. Mee slides in and clatters De Gea. Fair and square.9:18pm

46 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 1   

OGS turns to the slight figure of Mason Greenwood to rescue this. Pereira the man who makes way.9:16pm

United need leaders

Manchester United's English defender Harry Maguire (4R) leads the teams out
Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire (4R) leads the teams out CREDIT: PAUL ELLIS/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES


Hard to disagree with this

Miguel Delaney@MiguelDelaney

The blunt reality is that if Solskjaer had no prior association with the club, a manager who had got relegated with Cardiff and won leagues with Molde never would have been appointed by a club like Utd.

It’s not that it’s too early to tell.
It’s that he shouldn’t be in the job.5,18220:47 – 19 Jan 2020Twitter Ads information and privacy1,591 people are talking about this9:04pm

Half time: Man United 0 Burnley 1

Burnley not the most sophisticated side the league has seen, but they are defending stoutly – made easier by the fact that nobody is really getting in the box for MUFC. And they have an attacking method: dead ball, big lads, win second ball, bundle it home. It worked like a treat.

OGS really is hopelessly out of his depth in my view, but even so, surely this shouldn’t be the most difficult tactical puzzler to solve.9:02pm

45+ mins: Man United 0 Burnley 1  

More worries for United as the half comes to an end, Ashley Westwood with a good corner. Kept out by hook or by crook and that is the half.9:01pm

45 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 1 

Williams shoves Rodriguez. Another chance for Burnley to load up the trebuchet. Matic wins this ball.9:00pm

43 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 1

United coming back with energy if not much nous. Pereira prominent, coming forward. But where’s Martial – behind him! United don’t seem to have anyone who wants to get in the box. Pereira ends up having an optimistic, futile shot.8:54pm

GOAL! Manchester United 0 Burnley 1 (Wood 39)

Burnley have another freekick… Westwood delivers. Ben Mee flicks it on… and Chris Wood has mullered it home! Wood got in front of Maguire all too easily, he’s really had it away there, and the big striker has smashed it into the back of the net.

Ten for the season for Chris.8:53pm


Paul Hayward@_PaulHayward

I’d pass a law against games kicking off later than 7.45pm. Chelsea-Arsenal, Man U-Burnley – 8.15pm. Zero consideration for tens of thousands of people trying to get home afterwards.47621:40 – 22 Jan 2020Twitter Ads information and privacy100 people are talking about this8:49pm

34 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0 

Matic plays it low and diagonal. Mata dummies! Martial gathers it, takes a touch, takes another… and Charlie Taylor produces a superlative saving tackle. Martial needed to go “one touch – BANG” there, he wanted too long.8:47pm

31 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0              

Wan-Bissaka gets down the right again, McNeil ought to have been shrewd and shown him onto the other foot because AWB has got one foot, and here he is with that right boot, crossing for James. James does well to get there but heads over.8:46pm

30 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0             

United have looked a bit more sophisticated but to be honest there has not been a huge amount of kwalidee from either side.8:45pm

29 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0            

McNeil stands over another freekick, this one much more central and definitely one to have a crack from. The former Man Utd kid runs up…. and blooters it into the stands. Shame.8:40pm

25 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0           

Great chance! Best of the game. Burnley have a freekick, they get the nod on. Chris Wood manoeuvres (ie shoves) Harry Maguire out of the way and really should have scored from close range. I think there was maybe an offside or two to go along with the push though so it might not have stood.8:38pm

22 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0          

Mata tries his luck, it rebounds off a Burnley defender, and here’s that man Fred again. He hits the target, but the Pontiff has seen that one all the way and flops down on it with plenty to spare.8:36pm

19 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0         

Taylor bringing some great energy at left back as he carries the ball out of defence, but the long ball is lacking in sophistication and United are soon coming back at the visitors.8:34pm

17 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0        

Beefy tackle from Jeff Hendrick. Not many Premier League fancydans called Jeff Hendrick or such these days, huh?

El General

Phil Jones
Sir Phil: touring the facility and picking up slack CREDIT: REUTERS


15 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0       

Matic… Mata… 

Burnley opened up like a tin o beans here! 

Out to Wan-B on the flank, he’s making hay with those overlaps, and he crosses again low. JUST bundled away in time.8:28pm

Here’s a classy piece of work

about the Man United tactics and where they are with that.

What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried to do against Liverpool, why it worked and what else he could have done8:27pm

11 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0      

Excellent move from United with Mata prompting, Martial coming into it. Back to the classy distributor Pereira, who sees Wan-Bissaka out on the right wing. Wanners-Bissakers crosses, Pereira has continued the run, but is just crowded out.8:24pm

9 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0     

United have our first corner, commandingly gathered by Nick Pope. England’s number one?8:22pm

7 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0    

Good transition from MUFC as they turn defence into attack, the exciting James prominent.8:21pm

5 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0   

Martial is down in the centre circle. Nervous times for Ole. Martial gingerly gets back up.8:20pm

4 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0  

Lowton is in the side, Burnley’s sole change, he replaced Bardsley, the former United player. Lowton takes a throw in down the right. The Clarets are enjoying both territory and possession right now.8:17pm

2 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0 

MUFC on the front foot early on, the aforementioned Fred has a crack, but well wide.8:16pm

1 mins: Man United 0 Burnley 0

United kick off and Jack Cork has absolutely CLATTERED Fred. Had the game been more than ten seconds old, that would have been a booking.8:15pm

The formations

MUFC vs Burnley


Not a glorious punditry

start for Steve McManamanan. 

“What tactical insights can you give us Steve?”

“Well the tactics will be exactly as what you’d expect. United have a back four and then the four in front will try to make things happen.”

Steady on Professor. Let’s not overwhelm the punters.8:13pm

Extraordinary clobber for a footballer

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United


Harry Maguire leads United

out for the first time at OT, since becoming club captain.8:11pm


are only four points ahead of Bournemouth in 18th place.8:00pm

Sean Dyche

“We were somewhat back to what we are about last time, asking questions of the opposition. We still need a bit more energy around us. Most people pre-suppose that you are going to have bad runs at Burnley, but they assume we will be top of the bottom group.”

Sean has precisely ZERO TIME for your assumptions, pre-suppositions and such.7:58pm

Gary’s gone Balearic

Gary Lineker@GaryLineker

It’s all-square. @FCBarcelona have equalised. Hard to imagine not scoring in Ibiza.21.7K20:31 – 22 Jan 2020Twitter Ads information and privacy2,188 people are talking about this7:53pm

Kick off is at 815

here, and the TV coverage is doing a nice job of highlighting the threat posed for Burnley by Dwight McNeil, who was a youth player at MUFC but didn’t quite make the cut there.

Peter Crouch: “I cannot speak highly enough of him”

Rio Ferdinand: “He has got that quality, that cutting edge.”

Jake Humphrey: “We are all parents, and we know that feeling that you just want to make everything easy for you children and smooth their path, but is it not the case that failure can make you better and stronger?”7:27pm

Phil Jones mit washbaag

Phil Jones arrives to face Burnley

Phil Jones mit washbaag und suitencassen!!

Phil Jones

Team news!

Man Utd: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Jones, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Matic, Andreas Pereira, Mata, James, Martial. Subs: Bailly, Lingard, Dalot, Romero, Shaw, Greenwood, Gomes.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez. Subs: Brady, Hart, Pieters, Lennon, Vydra, Long, Goodridge.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)7:05pm

While we await kick off here

How about a bit of Leicester City vs West Ham United, live blogged by the mighty Rob Bagchi, to keep ourselves warm and loose?6:51pm

Burnley travel to Old Trafford

For the curious kick-off time of 2015 this Wednesday evening. We will have the Manchester United team news and the Burnley team news ahead of this Premier League fixture around an hour before kick off. In the meantime, let’s have some build-up to this fixture, which sees 14th-placed Burnley make the short trip through Lancashire to Manchester, where the hosts sit in fifth place.

Man United have nine points from their last five, Burnley have just three: the visitors had lost four in a row in the League but stopped the rot with a much-needed win at home to Leicester last Sunday. That was the same day, of  course, that Liverpool rubbed United noses deep into just how huge the gulf has become between England’s two greatest clubs. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guys gave an okay account of themselves but it is just a different class altogether over at Anfield. Liverpool are THIRTY points ahead of Man United. 30!


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