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Premier League: Manchester United win at Burnley – ENGLISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Premier League: Manchester United win at Burnley - ENGLISH FOOTBALL 1

Burnley 0-2 Manchester United (0-1)

Until the fifth minute of extra time, Manchester United trembled against the underdog Burnley. Then United’s Marcus Rashford turned around the opposing goalkeeper Nick Pope, had only one opponent in front of him – and slipped. He hit the ball in such a way that Burnley’s Dwight McNeil could no longer intervene. It was the decision for United, who had struggled for much of the game.

Just before the break, Anthony Martial had put the Red Devils in the lead. The goal followed an error by Burnley’s left-back Charlie Taylor, who lost the ball on the sideline to Andreas Pereira. The Brazilian matched Martial, who overcame Pope in the 44th minute. The win means United are fifth for the time being, but both Wolverhampton and Sheffield can still pass.

Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (1-0)

If there is a new fifth, there must also be an old fifth: Tottenham. Against last-placed Norwich, it took manager José Mourinho’s team until the closing stages to equalise through Harry Kane (83rd). Former German second division pro Mario Vrancic had put the upstart in the lead after winning the ball in the opposing half (18th), Christian Eriksen equalised with a remarkable free-kick goal (55th).

The renewed lead for Norwich was the result of an early start. Ex-Schalke player Teemu Pukki was cleared in front of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and brought the ball down in goal with the help of Spurs defender Serge Aurier (61st). Pukki had scored Norwich’s second goal earlier, but the goal had been denied due to a marginal offside position. Although the video assistant intervened with the so-called calibrated line, an actual offside position was not visible on the television images. The decision drew criticism on Twitter.

West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City

Leicester were also successful without their top scorer Jamie Vardy, who missed the game because of the birth of his child. The second-placed side started haplessly: after 12 minutes, Demarai Gray scored a penalty against West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski, which the goalkeeper had caused with a foul on Kelechi Iheanacho.

Gray and Iheanacho also scored for Leicester. First Iheanacho took the lead (40th), after Pablo Fornals (45th) equalised, Gray scored the winner (56th). For West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini, the defeat has direct consequences: the club parted ways with the 66-year-old Chilean after the game. West Ham are 17th in the table with just one point advantage in first place.