Manchester United’s run of eight consecutive wins under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have ended but Victor Lindelöf’s late equaliser helped them draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford.
Ashley Barnes gave the visitors the lead just after the break when he lashed home a goal before Chris Wood stunned Old Trafford with a header with nine minutes to go.
Manchester United pulled a goal back when Paul Pogba scored from the penalty spot after Jeff Hendrick pulled back Jesse Lingard in the area. And just when it looked like Solskjaer’s winning run would come to an end, Lindelof popped up to smash home from a tight angle in the added time.
The Reds made a bright start to the game, with Marcus Rashford twice going close in the first few minutes. Burnley defender Charlie Taylor made an excellent block to keep out Rashford’s shot but the Manchester United forward should have done much better with the second. Romelu Lukaku sent him clean through on goal after some fine hold-up play, but Rashford could only poke wide from point-blank range.
From then on, Solskjaer’s Manchester United huffed and puffed but failed to break a very well organised, resolute Burnley defence down. Burnley sat deep and tried to hit United on the counter but their lack of pace and quality resulted in a 0-0 scoreline at half-time.
But five minutes after the restart, Burnley took the lead against the run of play. A catastrophic error from Andreas Pereira saw Jack Cork dispossess him in the midfield before quickly passing to Barnes, who smashed the ball past David De Gea and into the net.
Just after the hour mark, Solskjaer brought in Jesse Lingard for Pereira as Manchester United searched for the equaliser. Lukaku saw a close-range effort very well saved by Tom Heaton before being replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
But Burnley defended in numbers and with 10 minutes to go, however, they delivered a second sucker-punch, as Chris Wood leapt to head Ashley Westwood’s cross beyond De Gea.
It looked for a moment like the game was over, but a foul in the penalty area by Hendrick allowed Pogba to sweep home the penalty. And in the second minute of stoppage time, Tom Heaton parried an Alexis Sanchez header but Lindelof reacted well to fire in the equaliser.
Despite coming back from 2-0 down to earn a point in the stoppage time, some Manchester United fans were not very happy with the result. Here’s how they reacted.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 29, 2019
disappointed but fair play with the come back lads
— Dan Saunders (@DanSaunders__) January 29, 2019
should never play pereira or mata again dont suit system get jones out but its good to see how ole deals with adversity he got the rotation right against arsenal wasnt meant to be tonight but atleast we didnt lose onwards upwards #GGMU
— LUHG (@EverythingMUFC3) January 29, 2019
Take lukaku as well..
— Sushant Sukhi (@sushantsukhi) January 29, 2019