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Player ratings as Pogba attack sends Red Devils to the lead

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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 …

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Mee had an intense battle with Cavani | JON SUPER / Getty Images

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.

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Brady was involved in the VAR controversy | Alex Livesey – Danehouse / Getty Images

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.

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Wood endured a frustrating afternoon | Pool / Getty Images

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

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Maguiure had a goal ruled out in the first half | Alex Livesey – Danehouse / Getty Images

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.

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Pogba’s goal was astounding | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

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.

Marcus Rashford
Rashford provided the assist for Pogba’s goal | Pool / Getty Images

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

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