Manchester United's three best players against Burnley
Manchester United ensured they got back to winning ways against Burnley following a poor performance against Newcastle United.
In our last match of 2021, the Reds saw off Sean Dyche’s side 3-1 win at Old Trafford, thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and an own goal from Ben Mee.
The win over the Clarets meant we closed the gap to fourth-placed Arsenal down to four points with a game in hand.
Here are three best players from the clash at Old Trafford…
Coming back into the side to replace Alex Telles, Shaw produced an energetic display which was in the ilk of the performances the 26-year-old was producing with regularity for club and country last season.
Eager to drive forward and show his new manager he fits his pressing ethos, Shaw was aggressive and on the front foot from the first whistle.
The former Southampton man will be hoping he has done enough to retain his place in Monday’s starting line-up for the clash against Wolves.
United’s number 23 finished the game with the most key passes (3) and touches (84) of any player on the pitch.
He would have been hoping to have had an assist to his name, but Cristiano Ronaldo squandered a glorious chance, following an inch perfect ball over the top from Shaw.
After a worryingly poor performance against Newcastle with question marks raised about the team’s togetherness and body language, United needed a response against Burnley.
Ralf Rangnick’s Reds couldn’t afford to produce another off-colour display against one of the league’s basement sides and Scott McTominay was the man to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
Driving forward, smashing into tackles and carrying a goalscoring threat, the flying Scotsman was everywhere and produced a dominant all-action display.
He won eight duels, five fouls and nine ball recoveries, which was more than any player on the pitch in all three categories.
The 25-year-old’s eighth minute goal released some of the tension from the Old Trafford crowd and helped some of his teammates grow into the game.
United’s number 39 was hungry for more goals and could have had a hat-trick on another day, but Wayne Hennessey was equal to both of his other strikes, one of which fell perfectly into the path of Ronaldo.
It seemed that United’s number 25 had opened his goalscoring account at the Theatre of Dreams, but the goal went down as a Ben Mee own goal.
But it was an encouraging performance from the former Dortmund man who showed a developing understanding with Luke Shaw.
Sancho benefitted from Shaw’s willingness to drive forward and become an extra body in United’s attack.
That gave the 21-year-old more time, space and options to create positive moments for the United side. Rangnick should persist with Shaw and Sancho against Wolves, and allow the pair to potentially build on a promising burgeoning partnership.
Sancho finished the game with 61 touches and 42 successful passes, 21 of which were in the final third. He completed three out of his four attempted crosses, made two tackles and created one chance.
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