In a north west derby of real importance on Tuesday night, Burnley and Manchester United played out an incredibly entertaining 1-1 draw. The Red Devils had some bad luck early on but still managed to take the lead thanks to a nice strike from the returning Paul Pogba.
Then, after a wave of pressure to kickstart the second half, Burnley drew level through Jay Rodriguez. The Clarets and United both gave it everything they had in search of a winner but ultimately, there was nothing to split the two sides with both taking a point away from Turf Moor.
The Weghorst effect
Wout Weghorst was tipped as someone who could make a real difference for Burnley in the second half of the campaign and after this display, we aren’t left wondering why. The man mountain was at the heart of everything Burnley were trying to do with his key moments being a tremendous turn and assist for Rodriguez’s goal, as well as a shot that forced a wonder save out of David de Gea. It sounds crazy, but the 29-year-old could be the key to their survival push.
No ideas for United
There were two VAR decisions that could easily be singled out as being quite unfair for Manchester United in this game and there’s no way of getting around that. Still, when push came to shove in the second half and they needed to dig deep in search of the winner, they just couldn’t do it. Whether it be the players, the manager or the philosophy surrounding the club, they seriously need to sharpen up if they want a top four finish.
Burnley’s great escape?
One thing that many of us seemed to forget about Burnley is just how resilient they are under Sean Dyche. Sure, everyone plays like it’s a cup final when they go up against Manchester United, but that doesn’t mean we should downplay what they achieved as a team. They secured a third consecutive draw and although it’s clear to see they need to start turning them into wins, they have an anecdote that works – and a manager who understands how to survive in this division.
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