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Burnley 0 Manchester United 2
By Burnley FC
September 2 2018

The Clarets headed into a welcome international break with work to do, after Manchester United provided under-fire boss Jose Mourinho some welcome respite. 

 Romelu Lukaku's first half brace took the wind from the Clarets’ sails as they looked to replicate the energetic performance against Olympiakos in their midweek Europa League exit, which had led to manager Sean Dyche claiming the players had "regained their identity.

 But they were second best against a slick United side that started well and deservedly took a stranglehold of the game before the break.

 Burnley improved in the second half, which saw United reduced to 10 men following Marcus Rashford’s naïve red card, shortly after Joe Hart’s penalty save to deny Lukaku a hat-trick.

 But United eventually ran out worthy winners, leaving the Clarets looking to reboot their season following the two-week break.

 Sean Dyche made three changes to the side that lost at Fulham, with full backs Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley replacing Stephen Ward and Matt Lowton.

 And following his impressive display in the Europa League against Olympiakos, there was a full Premier League debut for Dwight McNeil.

 Ironically, the Rochdale-born teenager spent nine years with the Reds’ up until the age of 14.

 And the 18-year-old proudly became the club’s first Academy recruit to start in the top flight since Joe Jakub in 1976.

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Match Report