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Ralf Rangnick praised the reaction of the Manchester United players in defeating Burnley

The Red Devils came under fire after the Newcastle draw, but recovered and won 3-1 at Old Trafford. (Author: Gardener)

BurnleyRalf Rangnick was delighted with the response and improved body language of the Manchester United players as they beat Burnley days after the humble Newcastle draw. The summer additions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane raised expectations at Old Trafford, but this season has been a wet squib that resulted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's departure last month. Under interim successor Rangnick, progress was slow, not least thanks to the effects of Covid-19, and United looked way behind the pace in Monday's 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Newcastle. Former Red Devils captain Gary Neville said the players are in the St. "In team sports, it's always important to be confident in what you're doing," said Rangnick. “It was a difficult game for us in Newcastle. The reaction to what is happening on the pitch is therefore the question: How do we react to it? Are we showing them that we are still a team that believes in us? "That's why it was clear for me to tell them that it is important that we work as a team and that we behave and work and that we don't show such side effects on the pitch." United moved up to sixth place by winning the final Premier League game of 2021, with Scott McTominay starring the show at Old Trafford. The Scottish midfielder scored a nice opening goal from the edge of the box and saw a shot on the post after Sancho's Ben Mee hit, allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to add a third shot. "We didn't decide until two o'clock this afternoon that he would play," said Rangnick of Man of the Match McTominay. “He had some problems with the bruised ankle he suffered in Newcastle so it was good to have him available and on the team. At halftime, our team doctor told me that he would have problems in the second half. It was very important to have him on the team and in the end he could play the whole 92 or 93 minutes. “He was a very important player for us today. We played a 4-4-2 defensively and a 4-2-4 offensively and I thought it was important that he and Nemanja (Matic) play side by side as the two sixes. ”Burnley had a number of important failures due to this of injuries and Covid-19, but Sean Dyche didn't use this as an excuse after a game in which Aaron Lennon scored a consolation. "Everyone has a challenge right now," the Clarets boss said after a game that Nick Pope, Jay Rodriguez, Josh Brownhill and Kevin Long missed after testing positive for Covid-19. Obviously, if they do that, it will help us to maybe get Maxwel (Cornet) back. “Barnsey [Ashley Barnes] and Connor Roberts are too far away, but what's going on right now is a challenge. I thought the performance was okay, especially some of the opportunities we created. “It's not easy to come here and get chances, it's not easy to come here and hold the ball like we did sometimes, so a lot of it was fine. We have to keep working and focus on the details at both ends of the pitch. "

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After the draw with Newcastle, Manchester United now host Burnley (Author: Gardener)

TimeFor Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, the new coaching change is over, the usual 1-0 league wins are now a 1-1 draw. With Maxwel Cornet being a touch-and-go too, Sean Dyche might have to make some tough decisions. Manchester United: The biggest question for Manchester United is what the line-up will be like without Fernandes and Edinson Cavani pushing for inclusion after his late equalizer against Newcastle United. Most likely, Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek will fill in for Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, but the question of Marcus Rashford's performance also remains. Rashford hasn't looked like himself since returning from injury and doesn't get much into the attacking third. In reality, United strikers other than Cristiano Ronaldo have not been good enough this season, but with Cavani being the only one who has not reached 500 minutes, he gets a pass. Burnley: If Maxwel can't play Cornet, the Clarets are against it. With Cornet on the pitch, they scored eleven goals and allowed eight. This is one of the most powerful talismans in the league as the other strikers available to Sean Dyche are not good enough. Chris Wood had his spells but he's not getting the job done this season and playing Cornet at least gives the defense something to think about to ease the pressure from the defense. They should have scored more goals without Cornet as the team scored nine expected goals without him, but if the strikers aren't good enough to work with Dwight McNeil, the quality of the chances achieved doesn't matter. I don't think Cornet is healthy enough to make the difference, so in this case United is going to overrun Burnley. Selection: Manchester United 2, Burnley 0

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Watch: Manchester United 3-1 Burnley Match Highlights

Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 at home in the Premier League on Thursday and you can see the match highlights here. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedManchester United beat Burnley 3-1 at home in the Premier League on Thursday and you can see the match highlights here. All goals at Old Trafford fell in the first half when Ralf Rangnick's team moved up to 6th place in the table. Aaron Lennon provided good consolation for Burnley, who continues to be in the bottom three.

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Man Utd in the top 6 after beating Burnley

Manchester United climb into the Premier League top 6 after an entertaining win over Burnley at Old Trafford. (Author: Gardener)

BurnleyManchester United scored three first-half goals for the first time since January in the Premier League when they brushed Burnley aside at Old Trafford and moved back into the top six. Jadon Sancho's deflected shot doubled the hosts' lead before Cristiano Ronaldo - who missed a glorious chance after the game went goalless - tapped into an empty net after McTominay's shot from Burnley keeper Wayne hit a post was Hennessey. Aaron Lennon used a weak first touch from Eric Bailly to back down for the guests with a clinical finish in the bottom corner. In their first game since December 12, Burnley lacked the stamina or ruse to continue troubling United and stay in the top three. The win extends United's unbeaten streak to eight games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sent off, and although they are only two points closer to the top of the table than bottom, they still have a long way to go if they want to start, a significant one Legacy for the accomplishments of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is 80th birthday on New Year's Eve. Two moments with small details that were of great importance for the hosts were in an opening phase that represented the best 45 minutes of Ralf Rangnick's short time. Greenwood obeyed, becoming more effective and making room for others at the same time. The Englishman was a shadow of the player who impressed so much at Borussia Dortmund, but the way he challenged the ball from Luke Shaw before turning into the far corner would have been his first goal at Old Trafford if it hadn't Skipper Ben Mee was a welcome vote of confidence. Although Rangnick made six changes to his starting XI, the combination of injuries and positive coronavirus testing that stole seven first-team players from Burnley boss Sean Dyche was more of a blow. The absence of England goalkeeper Nick Pope was related to Covid and meant only a second appearance in the Premier League for former Crystal Palace keeper Hennessey since the lockdown. The Welsh international made some eye catching saves, one of which prevented McTominay from completing a full length move in the second half. Given the opposition and the length of time his team have been without a game, Dyche may not be too discouraged by the result. Sunday's trip to Leeds with the fellow campaigners is far more significant in the totality of things. Manchester United's next game is on Monday 3rd January (5.30pm GMT) against Wolves at Old Trafford. Burnley is next up against Leeds on Elland Road on Sunday January 2nd (2pm). * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know is here to make sure you don't miss a moment

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Man United's win over Burnley is cause for optimism in 2022

Manchester United were back to their best in Thursday's Burnley win and if those efforts are repeatable then 2022 could be an excellent year. (Author: Gardener)

BurnleyCraig Burley explains what went right and wrong in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Burnley. Craig Burley explains what went right and wrong in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Burnley. MANCHESTER, England - "It's more like that," said the host as he opened MUTV's mid-term coverage of Burnley's visit to Old Trafford on Thursday, and the relief could almost be heard on TVs scattered around the stadium. The past 12 months have been a tough sell for Manchester United's in-house channel. After all, it's difficult to assess positively a defeat in a European final, a total humiliation at home to Liverpool and a form so devastating that club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. Fortunately for the operators of the television channel United - obliged to find the best in everything in rain or shine - 2021 ended with an easy night. Ralf Rangnick's team scored for the first time this season within the first 15 minutes of a league game in the Premier League, scored three goals in the first half of a league game for the first time since February and finally won 3-1. "Now eight games in a row without defeat, it's about taking the next steps," said Rangnick afterwards. "As expected, it was a very tough, physical game against a team that played very physical. The overall team performance was much better." When United escaped in a draw with Newcastle United four days earlier, it was easy to forget that these are still some of the best players in the world. The truth is, they didn't play like that for much of 2021, and success in 2022 will depend on whether the Burnley appearances - collectively and individually - are a glimmer of hope that will be quickly erased, or a token of that Future . Luke Shaw, poor since helping England to the Euro 2020 final that summer, stormed the left again. Shaw and Sancho combined for United's second goal - which was put down as a Ben Mee own goal - after Scott McTominay scored an eight-minute finish from the edge of the box. With the ball safely in the net, McTominay sprinted towards the corner flag and shouted "Come on" in a loud voice. It wasn't just the MUTV anchor that felt relieved. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the third, 14th goal since returning to the club after McTominay's shot ricocheted off the post. Outstanding against Burnley, McTominay has taken more than his fair share of criticism this year, but his commitment and attitude are not in question. The first half of 2022 will undoubtedly focus on finding the next manager, but if this group is to be successful they need to learn that you can't always hide behind the man in the hot seat. Solskjaer stayed behind and it was for the sake of everyone he left when he did, but neither did his players help him. It wasn't his fault, for example, that Harry Maguire was unnecessarily dismissed during that disastrous defeat at Watford, which was enough for the Glazers to finally lose patience. Rangnick, Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag or whoever is next can change training or organize their teams differently, but the managers can only do limited things. After all, the players have to take responsibility for what happens on the pitch. Manchester City and Liverpool win not only because of Pep Guardiola or Jürgen Klopp. It can't just be about being happy with the status of playing at United, it can be about proving that you belong every day. In that regard, at least, McTominay is an example for others to learn from, and Rangnick is already trying to address that. "Now is the time to really step up and get much, much better," said McTominay. "The coach is so demanding and we play for Man United, that's our job. It's easy to play on your forefoot with the right energy and intensity when you have a Burnley team that has been gutted by COVID-19 and without hitting them away. " a win since October, then MUTV would really have something to complain about.

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Scott McTominay plays Ralf Rangnicks Red Devils, who will end in style in 2021

McTominay scored one goal and another in Manchester United's 3-1 win (Author: Gardener)

Scott McTominayManchester United ended the 2021 Premier League games in impressive fashion as Scott McTominay led Ralf Rangnick's side to a 3-1 home win over Burnley. He scored one goal, managed another and dominated midfield. McTominay's dynamic was the dividing line in a fight that was more even than the outcome suggests. While there were many in red who seemed to have their teething troubles with Rangnicks 4-4-2, McTominay put everything together perfectly and led the Red Devils to a first win in 19 COVID-troubled days. Still, looking ahead to 2022, United is at least in the mix to meet their minimal expectations. four points behind Arsenal in fourth place with one game in hand and still with that tendency to flattering results. It was, however, an appropriate reflection on McTominay's Excellency. While Nemanja Matic shielded the defense, the Scottish international could rage up and down in the hunt for the ball. If it was his performance in front of goal that caught the eye, the little things were no less decisive for the hosts' success. He would threaten Chris Wood from the air to prevent set pieces and shots on goal and cut an important outball for Burnley. No player beat their four-ball recovery in the first half. Often a gamer defined by his pace of work or physicality, he displayed no small technical excellence. When Cristiano Ronaldo touched the penalty area violently, he seized the moment; a hard-hitting low drive that curls into Wayne Hennessey's lower corner. It was a strange "assist" from Ronaldo, a rare heavy touch that instead touched down perfectly for his teammate. McTominay returned the favor more than once. First he raced through midfield and held out until the right moment to push a through pass into the feet of his No. 7. Not for the first time on Thursday, he struck through the air in frustration as the ball caught under his feet before he could fire a convincing shot. McTominay would then have to make it easier for him. He did, another well-placed shot from a distance that was too much for Hennessey, who could only tip it on the post. Of course, Ronaldo was there for the rebound, a casual blow from the outside of his right shoe brought the tall man the 47th goal of the calendar year. Even if he's not overwhelmed, Ronaldo seems to be figuring out a way to score a goal. At this point United were already two-way ahead, Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho combined a quick dart on his right foot and a shot at the far post. Ben Mee put out a desperate shoe that Premier League officials saw as the crucial touch. One would guess that both parties would be rather happy if Sancho, an impressive, if infrequent, participant in the competition, received that goal. But they'd been far too good to score three goals in the first place, and their wingers presented Harry Maguire and his companions with a lot of trouble. Although it was Eric Bailly who made the initial mistake that allowed Aaron Lennon to capture the ball, his senior central defense partner only made things worse by pulling back further and further, leaving an angle open to head towards the far post meeting. Lennon found the point on point, not the strongest punch, but one that rolled just far enough out of David de Gea's reach. After fighting his way back into the fight, Burnley barely came out of the traps in the second half. Mee threw a header off the back post shortly after Raphael Varane replaced the injured Eric Bailly, who hopes he'll still be able to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Burnley's bombing of the United Box never quite got through; Matej Vydra could have done more with a late cross from Matt Lowton, Erik Pieters fired a shot on his weaker right foot and James Tarkowski overtook Maguire and headed straight at De Gea after time ran out.

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"Almost nine years of uncertainty"

As Manchester United climbs back into the top 6 in the Premier League, BBC Sport's Simon Stone looks to coach Ralf Rangnick's upcoming work. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedAs the teams emerged from the tunnel ahead of Manchester United's 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley at Old Trafford, a giant banner was hoisted over Stretford End wishing Sir Alex Ferguson a happy 80th birthday. Since then, United have been desperate to restore England's number one status which they have for so long assumed with authority from Ferguson's reign. You were at the top of the Premier League on New Year's Day. The year in between wasn't good for United. Their title challenge faded before January was over, they lost another semi-final against Manchester City and the Europa League final against Villarreal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job after getting completely lost during a disastrous fall. Ralf Rangnick's stuttering start at Old Trafford brought it back to life at least so quickly that United was able to finish the year in the top six as it has done every year since 1989. But obviously the German still has a lot of work to do. Speaking to the media for the first time after arriving at Old Trafford in early December, Rangnick noted that "the squad is definitely not too small". On the back of United's game schedule, the names of 32 players are listed, all of whom could legitimately claim a spot on the first-team squad. The future of these younger players is already partly shaped. In contrast, it is planned that Anthony Elanga will stay and try to build on the three senior national team games he has already played this season. France striker Anthony Martial has told Rangnick he wants to leave. Sevilla are interested but have already turned down a loan application as United are demanding all Martial salaries are covered and their club receive a loan fee as well. With Lingard resistant to a January move, the likelihood of him leaving Old Trafford as a free agent is growing. Dean Henderson wants to play for the first team in the second half of the season but Rangnick wants to keep him. Juan Mata could leave next month as he has not started a game in the Premier League since signing a one-year extension last summer and then there is Paul Pogba, whose contract with United also expires this summer, in the uncomfortable Position of either offering improved terms to a player who hardly deserves it or risking losing him a second time for free. Even among the players whose immediate future was firmly set at Old Trafford there were problems to be solved. Former United captain Gary Neville referred to some of the club's players as "whinge bags" during the recent 1-1 draw with Newcastle, saying the waving of arms from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in particular was a depressing sight. After the game, Rangnick said he wasn't as interested in it as his team's underperformance. “In team sport, it's always important to be convinced of what you're doing,” he said. "It was a difficult game for us in Newcastle." Are we going to hit back and show them that we are a team that believes in ourselves? Or do we shake our heads and wave our arms, help the other team and harm our own? It was clear to me that it was important that we work and behave as a team and not show such side effects on the pitch. United have been around the longest since the middle of last season. Fourth in the table Arsenal is in sight, even if leaders Manchester City are almost as far ahead of Rangnick's team in terms of points as United proved ahead of bottom Norwich beyond Solskjaer, but if Rangnick can find a solid central defense - which would make the continued fitness of Raphael Varane easier - United could have a base to unleash their undisputed offensive talents. It has been like this for almost nine years. As Ferguson turns 80 on New Year's Eve, Vice Chairman Ed Woodward prepares to quit his role. In terms of silverware, Woodward's tenure was not positive. United fans can only hope Woo dwards successor is much better lucky. * Our coverage of Manchester United is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know here to make sure you don't miss a moment * Everything United - go straight to the best content

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Scott McTominay plays Ralf Rangnicks Red Devils, who will end in style in 2021

McTominay scored one goal and another in Manchester United's 3-1 win (Author: Gardener)

Scott McTominayManchester United ended the 2021 Premier League games in impressive fashion as Scott McTominay led Ralf Rangnick's side to a 3-1 home win over Burnley. He scored one goal, managed another and dominated midfield. McTominay's dynamic was the dividing line in a fight that was more even than the outcome suggests. While there were many in red who seemed to have their teething troubles with Rangnicks 4-4-2, McTominay put everything together perfectly and led the Red Devils to a first win in 19 COVID-troubled days. Still, looking ahead to 2022, United is at least in the mix to meet their minimal expectations. four points behind Arsenal in fourth place with one game in hand and still with that tendency to flattering results. It was, however, an appropriate reflection on McTominay's Excellency. While Nemanja Matic shielded the defense, the Scottish international could rage up and down in the hunt for the ball. If it was his performance in front of goal that caught the eye, the little things were no less decisive for the hosts' success. He would threaten Chris Wood from the air to prevent set pieces and shots on goal and cut an important outball for Burnley. No player beat their four-ball recovery in the first half. Often a gamer defined by his pace of work or physicality, he displayed no small technical excellence. When Cristiano Ronaldo touched the penalty area violently, he seized the moment; a hard-hitting low drive that curls into Wayne Hennessey's lower corner. It was a strange "assist" from Ronaldo, a rare heavy touch that instead touched down perfectly for his teammate. McTominay returned the favor more than once. First he raced through midfield and held out until the right moment to push a through pass into the feet of his No. 7. Not for the first time on Thursday, he struck through the air in frustration as the ball caught under his feet before he could fire a convincing shot. McTominay would then have to make it easier for him. He did, another well-placed shot from a distance that was too much for Hennessey, who could only tip it on the post. Of course, Ronaldo was there for the rebound, a casual blow from the outside of his right shoe brought the tall man the 47th goal of the calendar year. Even if he's not overwhelmed, Ronaldo seems to be figuring out a way to score a goal. At this point United were already two-way ahead, Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho combined a quick dart on his right foot and a shot at the far post. Ben Mee put out a desperate shoe that Premier League officials saw as the crucial touch. One would guess that both parties would be rather happy if Sancho, an impressive, if infrequent, participant in the competition, received that goal. But they'd been far too good to score three goals in the first place, and their wingers presented Harry Maguire and his companions with a lot of trouble. Although it was Eric Bailly who made the initial mistake that allowed Aaron Lennon to capture the ball, his senior central defense partner only made things worse by pulling back further and further, leaving an angle open to head towards the far post meeting. Lennon found the point on point, not the strongest punch, but one that rolled just far enough out of David de Gea's reach. After fighting his way back into the fight, Burnley barely came out of the traps in the second half. Mee threw a header off the back post shortly after Raphael Varane replaced the injured Eric Bailly, who hopes he'll still be able to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Burnley's bombing of the United Box never quite got through; Matej Vydra could have done more with a late cross from Matt Lowton, Erik Pieters fired a shot on his weaker right foot and James Tarkowski overtook Maguire and headed straight at De Gea after time ran out.

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Manchester United versus Burnley

Minute-to-minute report: Join Rob Smyth for updates as Ralf Rangnick's team plays their first game in 18 days against a Burnley team (Author: Gardener)

BurnleyPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute-by-minute report: Join Rob Smyth for updates as Ralf Rangnick's side take on a Burnley side as they play their first game in 18 days. 90. Min. Pieters misses a decent chance and hits a new shot with his right foot after the ball ricochets off United. 89 min. Westwood's deep corner is beheaded from a few yards by Tarkowski on the far post. As with Mee's chance at the start of half, he jumped a little early, although he probably felt he had to jump in front of everyone else to have a chance at winning the header. 87 mins An exceptional curling pass from Westwood down the right inner channel - the kind that De Bruyne and Alexander-Arnold mastered - narrowly escapes the stretching Vydra on the far post. 86 min Man Utd's next game is on Monday at home against the Wolves. 74 min. Cavani covers his face with Mee after an air raid. There wasn't much in it; I think he got caught by a lost arm. Cavani goes down under a challenge from Ben Mee. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images 84 min Another Burnley change - Erik Pieters is on duty for Dwight McNeil. 84 min. A snap volley from Shaw on the D-edge flies over the crossbar. 83 min I'll wake you up when the second half begins. 80 min Another change at Manchester United: Diogo Dalot replaces Mason Greenwood. This is a bit of a surprise as I assumed he would replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka instead of playing in front of him. 70 min. Hennessey makes a spectacular parade with his Cavani face. It was a nice move too - Sancho's deep cross found Ronaldo, who steered them eight meters away back towards Cavani. He twisted his body to ram the bouncing ball towards goal and Hennessey's coupon did the rest. Edinson Cavani shoots on goal after a shot from Hennessey. 79.Min. Ronaldo hammers the free kick into the wall and puts Tarkovsky on the floor. 78 min. Stephens is likely to be severely punished for challenging McTominay 22 yards from goal. Ronaldo is over the free kick. 76 min. "That's the thing about Scott McT," says Adam Roberts. 75 min. Cavani is furious when he gets up. He speaks to Mee, then turns his attention to Sean Dyche on the sidelines. 74 min A change for Burnley: Matej Vydra replaces Aaron Lennon, who played really well in number 10. 69 min There wasn't that much United pressing tonight, especially not as much as in the last Premier League home game against Crystal Palace. 63 min Lennon walks into the box at Bailly and wins a corner. Repetitions suggest Bailly didn't touch the ball, so if Burnley hits from the corner we will have fun and games. Aaron Lennon argues with Eric Bailly. 67 min. Westwood's deep, inward corner is beheaded by Mee at the far post. I think he timed his jump wrongly and was on his way down when he hit the ball. 67 min. The excellent Lennon robbed McTominay and passed the ball to McNeil, whose cross was pushed back by Wan-Bissaka. A Burnley gate now would liven up the evening. 65 min. There is a break in play while the hapless Eric Bailly is treated. 63 min They don't and United collapses. Sancho is stopped on the edge of the Burnley area, but Ronaldo intercepts the ball and puts it back by McTominay. It ripples another crackling long-range shot, which is shot over the bar by the flying Hennessey with his fingertips. 61 min It was a slow, reserved second half, as if both teams were unconsciously saving some energy for their upcoming games. 60 min “Evening Rob”, says Stephen Carr. "I enjoy the debate about which formation is best for a player who doesn't want to be with a club that doesn't even have a permanent manager and the assistant manager probably doesn't want that player anyway." 55 min. Ralf Rangnick doesn't look very enthusiastic on the sidelines. United have been more ruthless than brilliant, but I think that tops the crap they served up the other day. 57 min Wood's looping header is conveniently saved directly under the crossbar by de Gea. 52.Min. Ronaldo almost gets through Sancho with an improvised chest pass. 50 mins. A Greenwood rasp is pushed away with both hands by Hennessey, a decent but ultimately comfortable parade. 49.Min. Greenwood's cross is headed by Ronaldo in front of the near post. 49 min There is nothing to report in the first minutes of the second half. Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick is on course for a third win in four league games after an exciting first half. The star was Scott McTominay, who scored the first and unwittingly third for Cristiano Ronaldo. Burnley looked dangerous in the future, but it's a long way back. Aaron Lennon gets one back for Burnley! Aaron Lennon retires one for Burnley. McTominay, 20 yards away, flashed a curling shot which was pushed down the post by Hennessey rather brilliantly. The ball bounced back on Ronaldo, who casually pushed it into the empty net with the outside of his right foot. Congregation Notes The second goal was officially credited as Ben Mee oh gee. Related: Lukaku 'not happy' with Chelsea situation as problems mount for Tuchel "Per Pogba question, I think United's current squad is best suited for 4-3-3 to allow any quick strikers to spin and the left / right center more / less attacking depending on the opponent… ”says Mark Childs. "Of course we would need a good CDM to hold the midfielder together, but we need that anyway." We're still entertaining Pogba as a believable option, right? I like 4-3-3 as a system when you have the right players; I just don't see how to play it with these players, especially Bruno Fernandes. 45 + 2 min. Greenwood pulls a shot past the near post after defeating Lennon with a stylish stepover. 43 min The result is a bit tough for Burnley, who contributed a lot to an exciting half. 42 min. Greenwood runs down the left at Lowton and takes a good cross, which Ronaldo heads to the far post. 41 min Aaron Lennon and Cristiano Ronaldo played against each other for the first time on October 18, 2003. Ronaldo pushes the third and certainly no turning back for Burnley. 40 min By the way, this is the Paul Jones save I was talking about (1:20 minutes) Lennon took out Bailly's bag 40 meters and went straight to the goal. He ran toward Maguire, who was kicking backwards, into the area, then shoved a gentle low shot that hit the sprawling de Gea and crept into the lower corner. 34 min. At the other end, Wood is held off by Bailly after a wrestling match with Maguire. Sean Dyche asks the fourth official why series jersey grabber Maguire Wood was allowed to partially undress in the penalty area. 33 min. Greenwood's long-distance curler is comfortably rescued by Hennessey, who falls on his left. 33 min "Luke Shaw certainly plays like the 78th best player in the world," cheers Matt Dony. 30th minute: Another chance for Ronaldo! McTominay knocked Cork and another Burnley player off the ball in midfield, stormed forward and shot an angled pass to Ronaldo right in the box. Ronaldo's first touch left the ball behind, and by the time he was able to shoot, there were enough Burnley defenders around to hold it off. Man United doubles its lead. 29 min. “Hi Rob,” says Ruth Purdue. “Do you think Pogba will fit into this formation if the coach stays with it? He's the best passer in the team, maybe even in the league (apart from Kevin). Although he's leaving in the summer. ”Since Ralf Rangnick's favorite word is“ intensity ”, I can't imagine that Pogba would be at the top of his list of dream midfielders. Actually, that's arguably a Ben Mee own goal - Sancho's shot took a slight but decisive distraction from his outstretched right foot. The goal came from a Burnley mistake when Lowton and McNeil tackled each other 35 yards from goal. Shaw picked up the loose ball and found Sancho on the left. He cut inward, shifted the ball with quick feet and shot a low shot in the direction of the far corner. Without Mees touch it would have probably gone far. The classic way in which Sancho moved the ball away from Tarkowski and shot it in the same movement, however, came straight from his Dortmund showreel. 20 min: Just far from Shaw! He storms over the center line, uses Greenwood by not using it, and runs to the edge of the area before cutting over a driveway that ruffles the side net. Far from Luke Shaw. 25 min. The resulting corner leads to a little scramble in which Cavani's snapshot is blocked. Greenwood cut in from right and blocked a shot. He collected the ball near the byline and played it back to Ronaldo at the edge of the box. Ronaldo shifted the ball to his left foot in the infield to shoot. This did not happen, however, because McTominay ran onto the ball and shot past Hennessey for the first time with his side foot. Nice stuff from the Manchester United midfielder. Photo: Matthew Peters / Manchester United / Getty Images Photo: Matthew Peters / Manchester United / Getty Images 24 min Greenwood pings a cross shot that is kicked back by Mee at the near post. 22 min. Matic fouls Gudmundsson near the corner flag on the left. de Gea hits the free kick and doesn't get close, but the unseen Wood (I think) can only head the ball straight into the air. It falls on the head of a United defender who does what is necessary. 19 min Jon Champion, the Amazon Commentator, Confirms Nick Pope and Jay Rodriguez have Covid. 18 min United's form is interesting. Especially Sancho stays far most of the time. 17 min Not much has happened in the last few minutes. The game still feels very open, however, and Burnley is playing some good stuff. 13 min "Ah, the secret of van de Beek", says Mary Waltz. Maybe he's bad in training. ”What makes you so sure that he will get a game in training? There was a goal at one end or the other and Scott McTominay scored. Scott McTominay gives the home side the lead. Photo: Dan Mullan / Getty Images 10 min At the other end, Gudmundsson's stabbing volley hits Wan-Bissaka. Burnley really came to play. 6 min: Ronaldo misses a sitter! Shaw earned the chance with a terrific long pass that put Ronaldo on target. He controlled an awkwardly rebounding ball with his head, but then shot a half-volley shot from the penalty area with his side foot over the crossbar. Ronaldo seizes an early chance for United. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images 5 min Burnley has got off to a really good start. Lennon pauses to find Wood flashing a curler just a short distance from the edge of the field. Incidentally, McNeil started on the right, Gudmundsson on the left. 4 min. A great cross from Lowton is beheaded past the far post by Wood, eight meters from the goal. 3 min United started with Sancho and Greenwood playing wide instead of number 10. 2 min Tacticswatch: Burnley plays 4-4-1-1 while Lennon growls behind Chris Wood. 1 min. Peep-beep! Manchester United starts from right to left. "It's all about energy" 🏃‍♂️Ralf Rangnick knows his team has a fight against Burnley tonight! Watch LIVE with #PLonPrime ➡️ https://t.co/i14Y4Ee229 pic.twitter.com/ dSxnmHUpZ5— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 30, 2021 At the request of Norwich, the Premier League board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club's away game against Leicester, which will be played on January 1 at 3pm should - Premier League (@ Premierleague) December 30, 2021 "I think the Dropzone trilogy is headlining a rave in Bristol this weekend," says Edan Tal. Not sure if to cheer because #Cavani starts or groan because #mufc has three numbers 10 available, #Rangnicks 4-2-2-2 requires two of them, and he didn't even pick one. What does #vandeBeek have to do to get a game? - United Writing (@united_writing) December 30, 2021 van de Beek has started two Premier League games in 2021, both when the entire first team was rested. Ralf Rangnick makes six changes compared to the 1-1 draw in Newcastle. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani replace Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles, Raphael Varane, Fred Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. Sean Dyche made two changes to the 0-0 draw against West Ham. Aaron Lennon and Wayne Hennessey replace Jay Rodriguez and Nick Pope, who are not on the roster. We don't know yet if Lennon will play up front or outside in a five-man midfield. Hennessey will definitely play in goal. Related: "Player welfare is out of scale": Dyche hits back over busy schedule complaints Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Manchester United v Burnley at Old Trafford. United struggled to beat 20th place Norwich before Christmas, really struggled to get a draw with 19th place Newcastle on Monday and I'm not going to offend your intelligence by telling you where Burnley is in the League stands. We're hard-wired to see Manchester United versus Burnley as our home banker. It's not the way United play and it hasn't been for a while. Burnley has drawn three times and won one of their last five games at Old Trafford. United and Burnley are harder hit by Covid cancellations than most of the others. United have only played once in the past two and a half weeks; Burnley didn't play at all. This is their first game since they drew 0-0 at home to West Ham on December 12th and they have at least two games against all teams before them.

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Warriors back on top, bulls crawling up; Kemba Walker leads Knick's climb; Celts fall

There have been many changes and roster changes in the final NBA power rankings of 2021 (Author: Gardener)

Kemba WalkerThe Warriors beat the Grizzlies to a huge win in Phoenix on Christmas Day before suffering disappointment at home against the Nuggets without the services of Draymond Green. He's made more than 35 percent of his 3-point mark just once in his last nine games when he went 8 for 14 against Memphis. Jordan Clarkson has stepped up in Mitchell's absence, scooping 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the two games, while Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 19.3 points on 42 percent 3-point shooting in four games this week. The Suns beat Thunder twice this week but lost back-to-back games against the Warriors and Grizzlies and dropped from # 1 in the power rankings. The Suns finally had a few players (and head coach Monty Williams) put in logs this week, so hopefully they're not on the verge of a major outbreak. Devin Booker had a terrible performance against Golden State on Christmas Day but scored 30 or more points in every other game that week. Cam Johnson reached 13 for 25 out of 3-point range in the four games. A. teams this week thanks to two great accomplishments by James Harden in his first action since retiring from health and safety logs. Harden orchestrated the offense like in his old Houston days, scoring 37.5 points, 12.5 assists and nine rebounds while going 7-17 off the 3-point range. Patty Mills was crazy about beating the Lakers at Christmas, making career highs in both the points (34) and 3-pointers (eight). Despite their squad problems throughout the season, the Nets continued to win at a fast pace. The Heat went through 3-0 this week despite even more players being lost to health and safety protocols, leading to the postponement of the game on Wednesday night. They got Jimmy Butler back, however, and he didn't miss a beat, averaging 21 points, 10 assists, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in his first two games on the lineup. Tyler Herro averaged 21 points in three games this week, despite only scoring two against the Magic, which shows how good he did in the other two games. The Knicks finally lined up some wins, beating the Hawks, Wolves, and Pistons to wrap up the week. These aren't the most formidable opponents given their available roster, but New York will take all the wins it can at this point in time. Kemba Walker's incredible run continued with 44 points in the loss to the Wizards on Thursday and a triple-double of 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the Christmas Day win against the Hawks. The Knicks were on the verge of losing to a depleted Pistons team on Wednesday, but a strong fourth off the bench saved the day. They gambled away a 19-point lead against the Bucks at Christmas, then lost to a Wolves team without their top three goalscorers, and followed with the second worst 3-point shoot night in NBA history, 4 for 42 from the depths a loss to the Clippers. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart both missed the last two games of the week when the Celtics had an offensive rating of 98.4. LeBron James tests the hypothesis that a man can carry an entire NBA team on his own and get 36 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game on 46 percent 3-point shooting in the week before his 37th birthday. Unfortunately, the Lakers could only win one of their four games and fell to the Spurs, Nets and Grizzlies. has now lost six out of seven games that will start the new year.

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