Lukaku, Martial and Pogba start

Aubrey Yates
January 21, 2018

United, without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is expected to join Arsenal as part of the Sanchez deal, survived the closing stages to make it four wins and four clean sheets in 2018 and put some pressure on City ahead of their meeting with Newcastle United later on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's side were coming into the game on the back of a 3-0 win over Stoke, but they struggled to break down a resilient Burnley side in an even first half at Turf Moor.

Mourinho was happy with the way his side coped with the direct approach of their opponents but believes the game could have been over sooner had the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard done better with counter-attacking opportunities.

It may not have been thrilling, but it was the kind of disciplined performance that United need to keep delivering if they are to be in position to take advantage of any slip-ups from City. 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.

The Red Devils striker has now scored five times in his last 10 games in all competitions to start to rediscover his prolific form after a tough couple of months. "That is the image of how competitive the game was".

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We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. "It's the first time, so it's a bit more destabilising", he added. Mkhitaryan trained with United on Friday but has been left out of the squad to play Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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Jose Mourinho's team, which is hoping to seal a big-money move for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez in the next few days, lacked thrust up front early on.

Sanchez's arrival would give Mourinho another option in an already formidable attack, but he insists his squad does not contain the depth that some might think.

"The defining moment is a moment of quality you have to say", Dyche said. "At this moment, we have four attacking players for three positions, one on the bench, Zlatan for whole season was not available".

"Look to midfield, [Marouane] Fellaini on the bench, [Ander] Herrera on the bench, [Scott] McTominay on the bench, [Michael] Carrick in the stands". And you need to adapt.

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