Manchester United Overpower Burnley With Second-Half Onslaught
Manchester United have overpowered Burnley with three second-half goals to secure a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.
Mason Greenwood had fired the home side ahead just after half-time, but some poor defending from Harry Maguire allowed the visitors to equalise just two minutes later.
Not to be denied, the Red Devils and their new never-say-die attitude pushed on in wave after wave before Greenwood put United ahead again in the 84th minute before half-time sub Edinson Cavani killed the match off in stoppage time.
Manager Pleased With Late Show
Upon his arrival in the Old Trafford hot seat, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no bones about his disappointment in the lack of fitness of the first-team squad.
It was an issue he looked to put to rights immediately, and his philosophy around fitness is now bearing fruit as United put their opponents to the sword late on once again.
“We have improved and we have been better at winning games towards the end of games. Our fitness now, with all the games we’ve had, the boys are capable of churning out 90 minutes and the fitter you are the more you can do. I have always said that. The harder you train and the harder you play, the more ready you are.”
“That’s the pleasure I get from winning games like this because last season we didn’t have them, but this season we have done that loads and that is down to the training ground and the attitude of the players.”
“The match fitness is coming from all the games we have had this season, but I also think the pre-season we had in 2019, two years ago, that was the benchmark.”
“That was the signal to the boys that this is how we are going to play, this is how we are going to build you up, the intensity has to improve, the fitness has to improve and if you look at the stats over the last two years, we have really improved on that.”
“Of course confidence comes as well with results and the belief we can do this. We have done this so many times this season, coming good towards the end and winning games. Southampton, for example. That is the best example, when we were 2-0 down and scoring at the end,” said Solskjaer.
Praise For Mason Greenwood
After experiencing a slow start to the season, Mason Greenwood has been firing on all cylinders and firing in the goals of late, much to the delight of his manager.
“He’s a good goalscorer, we know that. I thought the goal he scored against Tottenham shows that he’s worked on his game because he can go inside or outside and score, so he went outside. Today he goes inside and scores. It must be a nightmare to defend against because he can go in or out, and go to his left or right. I’m so happy for him because he has put down a shift on the training ground.”
Mind The Gap
While United are still eight points behind neighbours City, the teams mindset is to push and push until lifting the trophy is mathematically impossible. With no midweek game this week, United will have an opportunity to rest some tired legs before the final push to the line.
“At least they (Man City) can’t lift the trophy already. We just have to keep on winning our games and see what they do.”
“It’s so strange. It’s the first time since before Project Restart. It’s a strange feeling. Of course, it’ll be a little bit of downtime and we’ll be ready to go. We’ll need it, because it’ll be Leeds and that’s a physical test as well,” concluded Solskjaer.