Three things we learned from Manchester United – Burnley

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Mason Greenwood scored for the third-straight game, his brace driving Manchester United past stubborn Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani also scored for United off a late feed from fellow sub Donny van de Beek and United can continue dreaming of an unlikely Premier League title run.

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The Red Devils are now eight points back of Manchester City with six matches remaining for both clubs.

Burnley got a goal from James Tarkowski but stays six points clear of the bottom three, having played one fewer match than 18th-place Fulham.

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Three things we learned from Manchester United – Burnley

1. Rashford keeps driving until United breaks through: Man, was Marcus Rashford on his game. Shame few of his teammates found theirs earlier or their might’ve been a big tIme number on the Red Devils’ side of the scoreboard. Rashford had three key passes to go with his assist, which came with a terrific nutmeg and dribble down the left. Speaking of dribbles, he completed four-of-six while also passing at around 80 percent. That’s a pretty wonderful figure for someone who operates in congested parts of the pitch.

2. Burnley will be a very loud version of itself if it goes into the dark night: The Clarets are a relegation candidate in real life and very much a bottom three side if you go by a combination of talent, but Sean Dyche’s men are fighters and they scrap every single game. Their hard-fouling, aerial-adoring, long ball-sending and -chasing men kept things difficult for United all day and deserved a point. Tarkowski’s rise above Maguire to plant an equalizer behind Dean Henderson was a good depiction of the day (And Ashley Westwood’s service, as always, remains often overlooked).

3. Bruno’s audacious swagger (Just keep your eyes on him after his dummy): We hear a bit about the loud personality of Bruno Fernandes as a competitor, wanting goals, penalties, etc, over his teammates, but most of his celebration seem to be gleeful. He’s a man with a smile on his face during success. But his reaction to letting the dummy go to Mason Greenwood for United’s opener was a bit of the former with the addition of a “Yeah, I just did that” for Burnley and the TV cameras. Either that or he really doesn’t like Greenwood or something. Hilarious.

Man of the Match: Marcus Rashford

Apologies to Tarkowski, but Rashford drove the bus on the first goal and might’ve had two or three more assists on a day with more activity or clinical finishing from his teammates.

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