Man United 0—2 Burnley
BURNLEY stormed to a first win at Old Trafford since 1962 to pile more misery on to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and ailing Manchester United.
A first-half strike from Chris Wood, and a marvellous goal after the break from Jay Rodriguez, gave Sean Dyche’s team a vital victory last night, lifting them seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Solskjaer was looking for a reaction from his team after defeat to Liverpool. Instead, this was another night to forget in what is turning into a horrible month for the Reds — with league defeats at Arsenal and at Anfield, a Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City, and now this.
Anthony Martial steered an early effort wide for the hosts, while Wood headed narrowly off target at the other end.
Martial then burst through on goal but was denied by a superb challenge from Charlie Taylor.
Six minutes before the break, Burnley struck. A free-kick played into the United penalty area was flicked on by Mee, with Wood turning and scoring past David de Gea with a delightful first-time finish.
Mason Greenwood replaced Andreas Pereira for United at half-time but Burnley came out the stronger. And Rodriguez doubled their lead after 56 minutes, playing a one-two on the edge of the area and firing home a brilliant shot off the underside of the crossbar.
Burnley went 2-0 up on their last two league visits to United too — both those games finished 2-2 — but there was no comeback this time, with Luke Shaw having a late header ruled out for a foul in the build-up. United fans booed at the final whistle — their discontent goes on.
■ BRUNO FERNANDES’ move to Manchester United may not happen this month, while Paul Pogba could be on his way this summer, according to the players’ agents. United have reportedly offered £40million for a player Sporting Lisbon value at £55m. Agent Jorge Mendes confirmed his player will leave Sporting ‘now or at the end of the season’ but said other clubs are in the mix. Meanwhile, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said: ‘We need to see in the summer if Paul is still in the plans of Manchester United and if Manchester United is still in the plans of Paul.’
■ NOTTINGHAM Forest moved up to fourth in the Championship following a 1-1 draw with Reading at the City Ground. Lewis Grabban put Forest ahead on 80 minutes, only for Sam Baldock to level three minutes later. Fulham remain third after being held 0-0 at Charlton.