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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 9 December, 2018


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Kick off for the games is at 3pm.


We’re underway…


What a start for Burnley!

Ashley Barnes has given them the lead.

Hendrick plays it through to the attacker, who pokes home.


Bernes has been heavily involved in the early stages, with some saying he should have been sent off for a poor challenge.


Burnley go close again.

Arfield clips the top of the bar with a volley from Guðmunds­son’s delivery.


Long does well, using his physicality to stop Lukaku heading home a Young cross.

It’s likely to be a busy day for the Cork native.


Decent effort from Luke Shaw.

Pope is forced to parry the ball and fortunately for him, the rebound breaks to a Burnley player.


There’s been plenty of pressure from United since the Burnley goal.

Pope has just been forced to parry clear a Mata free kick.

Moments later, the Burnley stopper makes a good save to keep out a deflected Pogba header.


It’s basically been a siege on the Burnley goal of late.

Ibrahimovic tries a scissors kick from Lukaku’s cross, but he misses the ball and Burnley eventually clear.


Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League - Old Trafford Burnley's Ashley Barnes (left) celebrates scoring his side's goal. Source: PA Wire/PA Images


The camera has just panned to Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick in the crowd.

Both look decidedly unimpressed.


It’s been a bit less frantic in recent minutes, as Burnley appear to have steadied the ship somewhat.

Kevin Long has looked impressive at the back so far.


United have had 70% of the possession so far.

As I type, a cross falls comfortably into the hands of Pope.


Young fouls Arfield just outside the box.

Another chance for Burnley perhaps.


Defour has just scored an absolutely brilliant free kick, curling an unstoppable shot in from about 30 yards out. I thought they might be missing Robbie Brady in that instance, but evidently not.

Moments after the second goal, Mee clears a Rashford shot off the line.



Ibrahimovic is played through on goal.

However, Long does superbly to block the Swede’s shot with a last-ditch challenge.

Moments later, Pogba curls a shot just wide.


Long clears a United corner.

United have looked dangerous from set pieces, with a mixture good defending and a little luck keeping them out so far.


Momentary panic, as De Gea drops Taylor’s cross, before United clear.

Burnley subsequently win a corner, as Young heads away a dangerous-looking cross.


United have made two changes at half-time.

Lingard and Mkhitaryan replace Rojo and Ibrahimovic.

The changes mean Matic will now go back to centre-back.


So close!

Lingard hits the crossbar via a deflection off Pope’s head from Young’s cross, before Long clears.


Lingard does brilliantly to back-flick home Young’s cross.

Game on.



Arfield and Mkhitaryan get involved in an argument off the ball.

The Armenian gets booked as a result.



Lukaku gets his head to a Rashford cross, but can’t direct his effort on goal.

You get the feeling this is going to be a long final half hour for Burnley.


Pope does well to collect Young’s cross.

It’s been a busy day for the Burnley goalkeeper, and he’s performed admirably so far.


Rashford has a free kick in a wide area.

He overhits it, however, adding to the increasingly impatient home crowd’s frustration.


Burnley make a first change.

Defour, who scored the second goal, is replaced by Vokes.


Bardsley gets booked for a late challenge on Mhitaryan.

Pogba curls the ensuing free kick just over.


The ball falls to Mata on the edge of the box, but he tamely chips it into Pope’s arms.

United continue to dominate, but are struggling to break down this stubborn Burnley rearguard.


There’s a good sight for Irish football fans.

Jon Walters looks set to make a return, from the bench, after a long absence through injury.


Young crosses to Mkhitaryan who heads off target.

The Englishman has probably been United’s most influential player today.


Burnley make another change.

Walters is on for Barnes.


Burnley have actually looked better since Vokes came on and they went to two up top.

They now have another out ball to relieve the pressure.


Walters does well to buy a free kick and take the pressure off Burnley.

That’s intelligent play from the Ireland international.


A cross falls to Luke Shaw, whose volley is blocked.

This afternoon’s game has been full of instances of Burnley players throwing their bodies in front of the ball.


The ball rebounds in the box to Lingard, who fires the ball home superbly.

Is there time for a United winner?

Right, that’s all from me.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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