Four lessons learned from Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Burnley
United staged a late fightback to claim a point against Burnley and avoid the first defeat of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era.
Paul Pogba’s 87th minute penalty and Victor Lindelöf’s injury time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw.
Despite the late rally, it was a disappointing night, and there was a lot for Solskjaer and his staff to take from it.
Here are four lessons learned from the draw…
Pereira currently is not good enough
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Andreas Pereira in his press conference yesterday and said he would get some games before the end of the season.
It seemed sudden then for Pereira to go straight into the side.
The game was a big chance for the Brazilian, and he failed.
He was caught in possession for Burnley’s opener, costing United a goal.
His only shot landed off target, and defensively he barely contributed.
This game showed that Pereira is not quite ready and it’s going to be hard for Solskjaer to trust him again in February with such crucial fixtures ahead.
Too many changes is dangerous
Solskjaer’s changes didn’t work, with Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera all taken out of the team which started against Arsenal.
Marcus Rashford was off his game, possibly as a result of being shunted out wide to accommodate Romelu Lukaku, who managed only 18 touches up front.
Ahead of a busy month ahead, United had to rotate, but Solskjaer is still trying to get the balance right.
Lindelöf deserves better around him
Victor Lindelöf showed his fight by popping up to score United’s late equaliser.
That took away from another strong performance at the back, despite the two goals conceded.
The Swede’s problem is a lack of quality around him, with Phil Jones and Ashley Young still suspect defensively.
This game highlighted that United need to strengthen again defensively in the summer – but Lindelöf’s position for next season should be locked down.
Ole’s team reacted well to adversity
Forget the two points dropped for a moment, this was a test passed for Solskjaer’s United.
Amid the winning streak, United had not been tested by staring defeat in the face.
Instead of wilting, Solskjaer’s side rallied and fought back to claim a draw. With a bit of luck there could even have been a late winner.
This builds belief, keeps momentum, and ahead of big games against Chelsea, Liverpool and PSG, it was an important test of the players’ character. They will all be better for it.