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Burnley 0-1 Manchester United: Player ratings as Pogba strike sends Red Devils top

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Jan 12, 2021, 10:31 PM GMT
United face second placed Liverpool on Sunday
United face second placed Liverpool on Sunday | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images
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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.

Here are you player ratings from Turf Moor...

BURNLEY

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Mee enjoyed an intense battle with Cavani
Mee enjoyed an intense battle with Cavani | JON SUPER/Getty Images

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.

2. Midfielders

Brady was embroiled in VAR controversy
Brady was embroiled in VAR controversy | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

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.

3. Forwards

Wood endured a frustrating afternoon
Wood endured a frustrating afternoon | Pool/Getty Images

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.

4. Substitutes

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

MANCHESTER UNITED

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Maguiure had a goal ruled out in the first half
Maguiure had a goal ruled out in the first half | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

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.

6. Midfielders

Pogba's goal was a stunner
Pogba's goal was a stunner | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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.

7. Forwards

Rashford provided the assist for Pogba's goal
Rashford provided the assist for Pogba's goal | Pool/Getty Images

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.

8. Substitutes

Mason Greenwood - 6/10 - Not given enough time to get involved.

Scott McTominay - N/A

Axel Tuanzebe - N/A

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