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