Despite a protest banner flying over Turf Moor, Jose Mourinho’s men produced an efficient performance to secure their first away win
Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United brace in over a year as the Red Devils comfortably saw off Burnley at Turf Moor.
Despite finishing the game with ten men after Marcus Rashford’s red card, Jose Mourinho’s men answered their critics perfectly after a difficult week started with defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
The sprightly Alexis Sanchez set up Lukaku for his first after his quick feet allowed him to cross the ball to the back post for the big Belgian to head home.
Looking impressive in the new pink away kit, United then doubled their lead when Lukaku reacted quickest in the box after Joe Hart initially denied the impressive Jesse Lingard.
The game seemed to be drawing to an inevitable conclusion as the second half began before bursting into life.
A silly tackle by Aaron Lennon on substitute Rashford in the box looked to hand Lukaku the chance to get his hat-trick, but Paul Pogba stepped up instead – only to see Hart stop his weak spot kick.
After initially looking bright off the bench, Rashford produced a moment of madness just moments later when, after a robust challenge by Phil Bardsley, he decided to butt heads with the former United man.
Referee Jon Moss had no option but to brandish a red card to the England starlet, who is now set to miss the next three domestic games for violent conduct.
For Sean Dyche, his Clarets side are surely in for a long season after showing little heart or passion throughout the 90 minutes – perhaps beleaguered by their early Europa League exploits.
BURNLEY NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:
Wolves (A), Bournemouth (H), Cardiff City (A), Huddersfield Town (H)
MANCHESTER UNITED NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:
Watford (A), Wolves (H), West Ham (A), Newcastle United (H)
PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE