Anthony Martial strike enough for Manchester United to beat Burnley

Aubrey Yates
January 21, 2018

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For a side chasing Manchester City, United's display was for a long period, unconvincing as they struggled to break down the visitor's well-drilled defensive unit.

Mourinho watched Anthony Martial score the only goal of the game against Burnley to hand United their fourth consecutive win.

It is only just over three weeks since Burnley picked up a point at Old Trafford, but they then failed to beat Huddersfield Town before losing to Liverpool and Crystal Palace in their next two in the top flight.

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You can't play like that as regularly as we have, against some of these sides, without seeing how far we've come. We adapted well from a defensive point.

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"We know the way they play, they are better than anyone playing that way, we had to adapt to be successful and we adapted well by the defensive point of view".

"I prefer to win 4-0 and to sit on the bench and enjoy the game, but it is good to see the way the team fought for it", he added. Only Swansea City have a worse record when it comes to scoring home league goals, but the Clarets have also only conceded eight on home soil.

On Burnley side, Ward and Heaton are doubtful to play due to Hamstring and rib injury. Anthony Martial's convincing finish in the 54th minute was enough to seal all three points for the Red Devils and close the gap at the top to nine points.

Manchester United is unbeaten in its last six games with a 3-0-3 record, including wins in each of its last three matches.

Defour also set up an opening for Barnes which the forward headed wide while United's wastefulness continued when Lingard dithered and saw an effort blocked by Mee after a swift counter and Martial was denied in the closing minutes by home goalkeeper Nick Pope.

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