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Manchester United rose to the top of the Premier League when Paul Pogba’s deflected volley in the second half gave them a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
The first part was dominated by the controversy of the VAR and little else. First, Robbie Brady’s yellow card, which was being reviewed for a possible red, was canceled when a foul by Luke Shaw was spotted in preparation.
Soon after, referee Kevin Friend ruled out his Harry Maguire header, and the technology failed to overturn what seemed like a tough decision.
After the break United improved a lot and got their payoff when Pogba flew home a Marcus Rashford cross via a Matt Lowton detour.
Here are the ratings of the Turf Moor players …
Nick Pope (POR) – 10/7 – He made an exceptional save from Anthony Martial in the first half. He was impressive at all times and could not do anything about the goal.
Matt Lowton (RB) – 6/10 – A pretty solid screen. He was unlucky enough to deflect Pogba’s shot past Pope.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 6/10 – He did his job well, dealing with balls in the air and on the ground. Fluffed a great chance to equalize in the dying moments.
Ben Mee (CB) – 7/10 – His aerial kick to try to keep Maguire’s header off was nothing short of heroic.
Erik Pieters (LB) – 5/10 – His weak record allowed Rashford all the time in the world to pick Pogba for the goal.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) – 6/10 – One of the only Burnley players who tried to travel with the ball, but in the end to no avail.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – 6/10 – He did well to limit United’s progression in the first half, racking up two interceptions. He struggled to contain Pogba and Fernandes after the break.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 – Like the previous one, although he went about his business in a less conspicuous way.
Robbie Brady (LM) – 6/10 – His archetype of ‘take one for the team’, the last inning in the first half was beautiful. One of his only notable contributions.
Chris Wood (ST) – 5/10 – His only good chance was well blocked by Bailly. Hungry for service.
Ashley Barnes (ST) – 5/10 – He worked hard and tried to fight for possession in deep areas. I didn’t have much joy.
Dwight McNeil – 5/10 – He struggled to prevail.
Matej Vydra – 6/10 – It added some vitality to Burnley’s attack after arriving, however, he was overexcited and took his chances.
Jay Rodriguez – N / A
David de Gea (POR) – 6/10 – Very little to do. I didn’t even make a save.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – It didn’t cause any problems defensively. It was fine in the future.
Eric Bailly (CB) – 8/10 – He made several important blocks to keep the Clarets at bay. Very impressive stuff.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – Refused a brilliant header goal from the referee before the break. Possibly lucky not to be penalized for handball.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 10/7 – The decisions above suggest that he should have seen red in his first half challenge. He hit some dangerous balls, including the one from Maguire’s disallowed goal.
Nemanja Matic (CM) – 7/10 – He kept things going and offered protection on the rare occasions when Burnley responded.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 10/8 – When he drove through the lines, you couldn’t play. His goal was also magnificent.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 10/6 – Some clever passes and turns in the second half after a slow start. Sometimes he was a little eager to shoot.
Anthony Martial (RW) – 6/10 – Denied a great goal by Pope just before the break. After that, he turned down a couple of half chances. His late hamstring injury is a concern ahead of the Liverpool game.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – 6/10 – Unable to convert a single opportunity right after the break. It was not his day in front of the goal.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 7/10 – He had trouble clicking with his teammates for much of the game, but made up for it with an accurate cross that led to Pogba’s goal.
Mason Greenwood – 6/10 – He was not given enough time to get involved.
Scott McTominay – N / A
Axel Tuanzebe – N / A