Five things we learned as Manchester United lose to Burnley

Manchester United dropped a disaster of a performance at home to Burnley.

A response was needed after the loss at Anfield, and one wasn’t forthcoming.

The 2-0 loss was terrible, and we are not happy. Here is a look at five lessons from the defeat…

Absolutely awful without Rashford

This may be the lowest point of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint as manager.

United were desperately poor, low on creativity, and wasted the chances we did get.

The team defended poorly too, looking tired and poorly disciplined. With key players out injured, there is not enough quality in the team left.

What’s worrying is there appears to be no help on the horizon coming either.

That’s two games without Marcus Rashford since he got injured, and two defeats. The team need to prove they can win without him, and haven’t been able to do so.

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Martial is getting the biggest challenge of his career

Anthony Martial has the opportunity he has wanted ever since his first season at Old Trafford, to lead the line.

He is learning that without Marcus Rashford, it is not at all easy, and his inconsistency can’t hide.

To be fair Rashford struggled without Martial earlier in the season, but the Frenchman is not helping himself.

After missing a sitter at Anfield, he blew a chance in the first half against Burnley when he took too many touches inside the box and was tackled. The visitors scored an opener minutes later.

This is Martial’s biggest challenge, and he is failing it so far.

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Set piece problems continue

Burnley were not posing any threat until their opener, which predictably came from a set piece.

Harry Maguire was doubled up on and beaten to a header, with Chris Wood firing in the knockdown.

We warned ahead of the game that Burnley would test United’s set pieces, which have been repeatedly exposed this season.

Prior to the game United had conceded eight goals from set pieces, the joint highest of any side in the Premier League.

Teams will keep testing United now, and Solskjaer has to fix the problem.

Empty seats and anti-Glazer chants

All is not well at Old Trafford. Empty seats were seen dotted around the stadium. And by the end supporters were racing for the exits with 10 minutes to go.

Supporters voiced ongoing frustrations with owners the Glazers and chief executive Ed Woodward with chants during the game.

Fans have been finding a real voice in recent weeks, and the discontent is not going away.

Performances like this one only fuel that fire. United supporters have had enough.

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Signings are needed badly

The need for new faces was obvious before the game and it was glaring when the team was announced.

An attacking front four of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Dan James and Andreas Pereira is simply not good enough for the level United aspire to be at.

Mason Greenwood will be mixed in at times, but United need to be cautious with his playing time.

There are not enough fit options in midfield to give Fred and Nemanja Matic a proper rest either.

Getting in a couple of new faces in before transfer deadline will lift the fans and help the players out a great deal.

The season is falling apart, and poor decisions made last summer are coming home to roost.

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