Manchester United went top of the Premier League as Paul Pogba’s deflected second-half volley gave them a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
The first half was dominated by VAR controversy and little else. First, Robbie Brady’s yellow card – which was being checked for a possible red – was overturned when a Luke Shaw foul was spotted in the buildup.
Soon after, Harry Maguire had his header ruled out by referee Kevin Friend, with the technology failing to overturn what looked like a harsh decision.
After the break, United were much improved and got their reward when Pogba volleyed home Marcus Rashford’s cross via a Matt Lowton deflection.
Nick Pope (GK) – 7/10 – Made one exceptional save from Anthony Martial in the first half. Was impressive throughout and there was nothing he could do about the goal.
Matt Lowton (RB) – 6/10 – A fairly solid display. He was unlucky to deflect Pogba’s shot past Pope.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 6/10 – Did his job well, dealing with balls in the air and on the floor. Fluffed a massive chance to equalise in the dying moments.
Ben Mee (CB) – 7/10 – His flying overhead kick to try and keep Maguire’s header out was nothing short of heroic.
Erik Pieters (LB) – 5/10 – His slack marking allowed Rashford all the time in the world to pick out Pogba for the goal.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) – 6/10 – One of the only Burnley players to try to travel with the ball, but to no avail ultimately.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – 6/10 –
Did well to limit United’s progression in the first half, racking up two interceptions. Struggled to contain Pogba and Fernandes after the break.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 –
As above, although he went about his business in a less eye-catching fashion.
Robbie Brady (LM) – 6/10 –
His archetypal ‘taking one for the team’, last-ditch tackle in the first half was beautiful. One of his only contributions of note.
Chris Wood (ST) – 5/10 – His one good chance was well blocked by Bailly. Starved of service.
Ashley Barnes (ST) – 5/10 – Worked hard and tried to battle for possession in deep areas. Did not have much joy.
Dwight McNeil – 5/10 – Struggled to assert himself.
Matej Vydra – 6/10 – Added some vibrancy to the Burnley attack after coming on, however, was overexcited and snatched at his chances.
Jay Rodriguez – N/A
David de Gea (GK) – 6/10 – Very little to do. Did not even make a save.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 –
Not caused any problems defensively. Was okay going forward.
Eric Bailly (CB) – 8/10 –
Made several important blocks to keep the Clarets at bay. Very impressive stuff.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 –
Denied a brilliant, headed goal by the referee before the break. Possibly fortunate to not be penalised for handball.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 –
Previous decisions suggest he should have seen red for his first-half challenge. Whipped in a few dangerous balls, including the one for Maguire’s disallowed goal.
Nemanja Matic (CM) – 7/10 – Kept things ticking over and offered protection on the rare occasions that Burnley countered.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 8/10 – When he drove through the lines, he was unplayable. His goal was superb as well.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 6/10 – Some clever passes and turns in the second half after a slow start. Was a little too eager to shoot at times.
Anthony Martial (RW) – 6/10 – Denied a great goal by Pope just before the break. Spurned a couple of half-chances thereafter. His late hamstring injury is a worry ahead of the Liverpool game.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – 6/10 –
Failed to convert a straightforward opportunity just after the break. Was not his day in front of goal.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 7/10 –
Struggled to click with his teammates for much of the game but made up for it with a pinpoint cross that led to Pogba’s goal.
Mason Greenwood – 6/10 – Not given enough time to get involved