Player rating when the Red Devils break past the Clarets


Manchester United did an easy job with Burnley on Thursday night when Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo came on goal in a 3-1 victory.

McTominay got the hosts started with his earliest goal of the season in the eighth minute, hitting brilliantly from the edge of the box for his first Premier League attack of the campaign.

The hosts doubled their lead when Ben Mee got the smallest touch on Jadon Sancho’s effort and diverted the ball past Wayne Hennessey. Their advantage extended further when McTominay’s strike was tipped over the post and bounced off to Ronaldo to flick home.

Burnley had shown their teeth earlier in the match, with Chris Wood coming close with a nod, and they pulled one back when Aaron Lennon came loose and the shot over David de Gea in the far corner.

The victory sends United up to sixth place in the table while Burnley remain in 18th place, two points from safety even though they have four games left.

David de Gea (GK) – 6/10 – Had very little to do. Could not get over to Lennon’s strike.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – A little hit and miss, handled his defensive tasks well but fought when he needed to be progressive in the attack.

Eric Bailly (CB) – 5/10 – Heavy touch proved costly when Lennon locked himself on it and shot in. A bit of an erratic presence when he returned, which ended when he got rid of an injury.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 4/10 – Fought with Woods physicality. Stood off Lennon and let him get a shot away. Need to be more commanding.

Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 – Went close with an excellent run and shot from inside his own half of the field. Charges up and down on the left with excellent precision.

McTominay made an excellent premiere / Dan Mullan / GettyImages

Scott McTominay (CM) – 8/10 – Rolled brilliantly from the edge of the box for United’s nervous opener. His movement was excellent all night and Burnley’s midfielder struggled to get close to him.

Nemanja Matic (CM) – 7/10 – Showed a calming influence in midfield and allowed McTominay to make dangerous runs in the attack.

Jadon Sancho (AM) – 7/10 – Good running into the box resulted in his shot being rejected by Mee. Has a good connection to Shaw – a combination that United fans want to see more of.

Mason Greenwood (AM) – 7/10 – Some moments where he showed that he needs to learn when to shoot and when to pass, but always dangerous. Push Hennessey’s gloves with a central insert.

Ronaldo celebrated his third goal / Clive Brunskill / GettyImages

Edinson Cavani (ST) – 6/10 – Nice touch to create an opportunity for Greenwood. Not ineffective but other United stars took the spotlight on this occasion.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 7/10 – Balloon a half volley that he would normally hit over the crossbar early. Heavy touch proved to work well as an assist to McTominay’s strike. Looked uncharacteristically rusty but threw himself in the 35th minute and struck after McTominay had hit the post.

Raphael Varane (CB) – 5/10

Diogo Dalot (RM) – 5/10

Fred (CM) – N / A

Hennessey was beaten three times / OLI SCARFF / GettyImages

Wayne Hennessey (GK) – 5/10 – Made his first league appearance for the Clarets when he came on for Nick Pope. Made a good save on the post from McTominay’s shot but it bounced straight out to Ronaldo.

Matthew Lowton (RB) – 6/10 – Popped in some decent crosses from the right.

James Tarkowski (CB) – 4/10 – Did not do enough to stop Sancho from shooting in the build-up to Mee’s own goal.

Ben Mee (CB) – 4/10 – Stuck out a boot and deflected Sancho’s shot into his own net.

Charlie Taylor (LB) – 5/10 – Not as consistent as usual. Normally one of Burnley’s biggest attack threats but rarely came in good positions.

Westwood and McNeil fight with Greenwood / OLI SCARFF / GettyImages

Dwight McNeil (RM) – 5/10 – Did not show much desire to track back after losing ball possession before the second goal.

Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 – Struggled with the opposite number McTominay’s movement forward. Was Burnley’s most effective pass player.

Jack Cork (CM) – 4/10 – Could not influence the game and was often late with tackles and committed three fouls. Interrupted shortly after halftime for Dale Stephens.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (LM) – 5/10 – Got a bang in a plane crash with Wan-Bissaka. Did not get involved too much.

Lennon scored a fantastic goal / Clive Brunskill / GettyImages

Aaron Lennon (CF) – 7/10 – Nice cross created a good opening for Wood. Pull back a goal with a great run and well taken effort over De Gea. Was lively in ball possession but just did not see enough of the ball.

Chris Wood (ST) – 5/10 – Missed a brilliant opportunity within five minutes and sent a free kick outside. Seemed to have won the physical battle with Maguire but could not take advantage of it.

Dale Stephens (CM) – 5/10

Matej Vydra (ST) – 5/10

Erik Pieters (LM) – 5/10

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