July 09, 2020

Mourinho reveals tactic used to beat rival club

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial scored on their returns as Manchester United improved their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish with a 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday (23/04/17).

According to Reuters, Anthony Martial opened the scoring in the 21st minute, breaking decisively from midfield and then finishing in style after swift exchange with Ander Herrera.

Rooney then made it 2-0, with his 251st goal for United, in the 39th minute, reacting well to poke home from close-range after Heaton failed to hold on to a low shot from Martial.

The managers speaking to BBC Sport:

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho:

“I’m very happy. It’s not easy to win here and it’s even harder to be in control and we were in control for 90 minutes.

“We understood the way they play and we played against their strengths. I think it was a great result that we deserved.”

Burnley had plenty of possession in the second half but were unable to create any real chances apart from a diagonal shot from substitute Dan Agyei in the final moments.

The result leaves them in 15th place, five points above the relegation zone with four games remaining and facing some pressure after Hull City and Swansea recorded wins on Saturday.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

“They are very strong, tactically, technically and with game knowledge. We huffed and puffed and stuck at it. They scored two poor goals from our point of view, we have to make a foul on the first one.

“I am pleased with the mentality of the second half. They killed the game. That is the reality of playing some of the top sides. You can’t always get above where you are.”

United are now unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League games, the longest unbeaten run by a Premier League team within a single season since 2010-11, when they went 24 games without losing.

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