Ole Gunnar Solskjær had promised that youth would count in Manchester United’s favour for this festive trip to Burnley. In the end, it is difficult to pinpoint whether that was exactly what led them to a second successive victory, but it certainly helped. Nights like these can go a long way in determining the success of a season and as Marcus Rashford rounded Nick Pope to ensure United moved to within a point of the Champions League places, it was possible to surmise that this was a significant step forwards for Solskjær’s men.
A first clean sheet since September, and their first away from home since all the way back in February, was perhaps the biggest positive of all, but there were plus points all across the pitch for United. Without Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba it would have been easy to fear the worst for their midfield, but the makeshift trio of Fred, Andreas Pereira – who was the outstanding player here – and Nemanja Matic, were pivotal.
Source: Football News
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