The Boxing Day curse: Burnley to give Manchester United nightmares again?

Lawrence Cooper
December 27, 2017

"Mourinho is a victor and he hates the fact he's not top of the league, hates the fact he's not in the league cup, hates the fact he doesn't believe he's really got a squad capable of winning the Champions League or Premier League and he believes at Manchester United that should be a given, that Manchester United should always be competing".

The hosts recovered from their early jitters and began to pin Burnley back, with Luke Shaw - handed a start at left-back in a league game for only the second time this season - stinging Nick Pope's hands with a strike before Paul Pogba's header was clawed away from the top corner.

After United took the lead they were fortunate not to fall further behind, but showed character to come back and equalise.

United looked risky after the break, the result of which The Red Devils bore in the 61st minute when Mata once more found the net and this time with a direct free kick.

According to Manchester Evening News (via Metro), Smalling, along with United outcast Matteo Darmian was not spotted with the rest of the squad outside the Lowry Hotel on Monday morning - alluding to the fact that neither will play a part in the club's game. "That is what we are having now, lots of "s" goals against so that has an impact in the game".

Just when it looked like United have managed to eke out a crucial win, Maquire slid in Marc Albrighton's cross in the final minute of the added time to help Leicester hold United 2-2.

"We didn't kill it - and we should have killed it", Mata said. I talked to the players at half time when it was 1-1 that it was an easy match to win.

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"Half an hour after our second it is a game to finish four, five, six-one".

Icelandic worldwide Johann Berg Gudmundson took the set-piece which badly exposed United's current defensive frailties as the ball struck Romelu Lukaku in the chest and, with his team mates slow to respond, it was left for Barnes to poke the ball in from close range.

The Belgian put through first Martial, who fired wildly over the bar, and then Lingard, also clean through, who could only hit a post.

It might even have been worse for Mourinho's men had Jesse Lingard not come off the bench to score twice, including a stoppage-time equaliser, after the visitors had opened up a 2-0 lead against the Clarets.

For the first goal Phil Jones had been lured out of position and could not catch Vardy as the England striker raced onto Mahrez's pass.

'But some other players they stay with childish decisions until the end of their career.

"It feels like a victory but it is only a point against a good side".

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