Manchester United's Late, Late Surge Makes a Point Feel Like Three

Published on 30-Jan-2019 by srijan213

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Manchester United's Late, Late Surge Makes a Point Feel Like Three

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 100% victory run with Manchester United may have ended, but dude's still unbeaten as the Red Devils' manager.

Amazingly so, too.

Somehow, his style of play produced last-minute and beyond last-minte goals from Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof to turn what looked to be a sure triumph for visiting Burnley into a 2-2 draw.

The fact that Solskjaer has everyone playing with an abandon that trust and freedom can produce surely has something to do with it.


Being real, quality of play in the first half sucked. United struggled to threaten the Claret's defense, while they entered the Theatre of Dreams determined to stop the impetuous United attack.

It's a combination that led to 45 minutes of ugly football.


Fortunately, the action was more productive after the break, as the game finally opened up.

In fact, it only took Burnley six minutes to light up the scoreboard. The Devils' Andreas Pereira lost possession on his own half to Jack Cork, who whipped a pass to Ashley Barnes, who roofed a piledriver past David de Gea:


The Clarets continued to hold their own, keeping United at bay, and then struck again in the 81st.

Ashley Westwood's first-time cross was headed home by Chris Wood:


After that, most thought Burnley had put a pitchfork in the Devils.

But ...


It was the 87th minute when Jeff Hendrick fouled substitute Jesse Lingard inside the box, resulting in a no-doubter penalty.

The NFL should be so lucky.

Anyway, Pogba stepped up and pulled a goal back for the Red Devils:


Under usual circumstances, that and a fiver will get you a latté, but this time, under Solsjaer, United was poised to pull a rabbit outta the hat.


Then again, don't speak in absolutes.

Because, lo and behold, in the 92nd minute, Tom Heaton brilliantly saved an Alexis Sánchez header, with the rebound falling to Lindelof.

His part of the deal was pure cake:


This point outta nowhere keeps United within a win of the Top Four.

Burnley, well and truly stung, has gotta start feeling the heat.

Keeping in mind Lingard was a sub, Solsjaer's gotta be feeling he can do no wrong after a result like this.

So far, he's right.

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