Manchester United took the lead in the Premier League as Paul Pogba’s deflected volley in the second half gave them a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
The first half was dominated by the VAR controversy and nothing else. First, Robbie Brady’s yellow card – which was being verified for a possible red – was overturned when a Luke Shaw foul was spotted in the build-up.
Shortly after, Harry Maguire had his head ruled out by referee Kevin Friend as technology failed to reverse what looked like a tough decision.
After the break United improved a lot and got their reward when Pogba took over Marcus Rashford’s cross via a Matt Lowton deflection.
Here are the ratings of Turf Moor players …
Nick Pope (GK) – 7/10 – An exceptional save by Anthony Martial in the first half. It was impressive and there was nothing he could do against the goal.
Matt Lowton (RB) – 6/10 – A pretty solid display. He had no chance to deflect Pogba’s shot past Pope.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 6/10 – Did his job well, dealing with bullets in the air and on the ground. Fluffed a huge chance to equalize in the dying moments.
Ben Mee (CB) – 7/10 – His aerial kick to try and keep Maguire’s head out was nothing short of heroic.
Erik Pieters (LB) – 5/10 – His soft score 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 to attempt to travel with the ball, but ultimately to no avail.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – 6/10 – Did well to limit United’s progress in the first half, racking up two interceptions. Had a hard time containing Pogba and Fernandes after the break.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 – As above, although he went about his business in a less catchy way.
Robbie Brady (LM) – 6/10 – His last minute tackle in the first half was magnificent. One of his only remarkable contributions.
Chris Wood (ST) – 5/10 – His only good chance was well blocked by Bailly. Hungry for service.
Ashley Barnes (ST) – 5/10 – I worked hard and tried to fight for possession in the deep areas. Didn’t have much joy.
Dwight McNeil – 5/10 – Has trouble asserting himself.
Matej Vydra – 6/10 – Adding a bit of dynamism to Burnley’s offense after his arrival, however, was over-excited and grabbed at his chances.
Jay Rodriguez – N / A
David de Gea (GK) – 6/10 – Very little to do. Did not even make a backup.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – Not caused any defensive problems. It was good to move forward.
Eric Bailly (CB) – 8/10 – Makes several important blocks to keep the Clarets at bay. Very impressive stuff.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – The referee refused a brilliant goal with a header before the break. Maybe lucky not to be penalized for handball.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 – Previous decisions suggest he should have seen some red for his first-half challenge. Whipped a few dangerous balls, including the one for Maguire’s unauthorized goal.
Nemanja Matic (CM) – 7/10 – He kept things running and offered protection on the rare occasions Burnley countered.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 8/10 – When he crossed the lines he was unplayable. His goal was also superb.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 6/10 – Some nifty passes and turns in the second half after a slow start. Was a little too eager to shoot at times.
Anthony Martial (RW) – 6/10 – Denied a great goal by Pope just before the break. Rejected a few half-chances thereafter. His late hamstring injury is a concern ahead of Liverpool’s game.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – 6/10 – Cannot convert a single opportunity right after the break. It wasn’t his day in front of goal.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 7/10 – Struggled to click with teammates for much of the game but compensated with a precise cross which led to Pogba’s goal.
Mason Greenwood – 6/10 – Not enough time to get involved.
Scott McTominay – N / A
Axel Tuanzebe – N / A