Manchester United 2-2 Burnley: Lingard the hero for Devils - FCNaija

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 26/12/2017

Jesse Lingard came off the bench to score a brace as Manchester United came from behind to draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Ashley Barnes had given the Clarets a third-minute lead, before Steven Defour doubled their advantage with a well-taken freekick also in the first half, before Lingard came off the bench in the second half to score a brace, including a late-minute equalizer to salvage a point for the Red Devils

After the draw with Leicester that ‘felt like a defeat’, Manchester United were expected to take a pound of flesh on Burnley, who came visiting at Old Trafford on Tuesday. But the game hadn’t even gone into the first five minutes when the Red Devils conceded a goal.

The Clarets had won a corner in the third minute, and the ball was launched into the United box with the defenders failing to clear, allowing Barnes to tap home from close range after the rebound fell kindly into his path. A real surprise, but Mourinho’s men were trailing so early in the game.

You would think United would go full throttle after conceding so early, but it was Burnley who had the next chance in the game, but Scott Arfield wasted a huge chance as he sent a first-time shot from the goal area straight onto the crossbar!

Paul Pogba then went close for United with a header, but it lacked the necessary power to trouble the Burnley goalkeeper and the Clarets survive.

In the 36th minute, Burnley doubled their lead as Defour took a wonderful free kick and curled the ball into the top left corner with an absolutely phenomenal strike! David De Gea had no chance and was completely beaten.

Marcus Rahsford went close shortly after they conceded the second, but his effort was cleared off the line. That should have halved the deficit for the Red Devils, but they went into the break trailing.

The Red Devils went on the offensive at the start of the second half, but were not creating enough chances to put the ball in the back of the net. Lingard, who had just been introduced was looking lively and stretching the Burnley defence.

His moment would come in the 53rd minute, when he finished off a sublime move with a delightful back-heel goal. Ashley Young provided the assist with a brilliant pass. The deficit was halved at this point, but they still needed more from where that came from.

Mourinho’s men kept pressing, and Pogba had a chance with a freekick, but his effort went narrowly over the crossbar as the Clarets survived.

But with five minutes added to normal time, Burnley would have seen themselves through with a win, but Lingard, again, popped up to hit the equalizer for United in the second minute of stoppage time. Juan Mata’s freekick was controlled by Ashley Young, whose pass was deflected onto the path of Lingard, who poked home.

The draw means United reduce the gap between them and Manchester City to 12 points, but Pep Guardiola’s men will face Newcastle on Wednesday and the lead could stretch to 15 points.