After the furore that followed straight Premier League defeats for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's team produced a routine victory as it beat Burnley 2-0 on Sunday.

By Associated Press
September 02, 2018

After the furore that followed straight Premier League defeats for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's team produced a routine victory as it beat Burnley 2-0 on Sunday.

It didn't come without drama as Marcus Rashford, who came on as a sub, was sent off in the 71st minute for pushing his forehead into Phil Bardsley's head. Nevertheless, the Red Devils grabbed an important victory to ease the pressure of his manager. 

Romelu Lukaku's first-half double put United in control before the second half briefly took a dramatic turn when Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart saved Paul Pogba's penalty in the 68th minute.

Shortly after, Rashford saw red after an altercation with Bardsley. After a second look, it seemed as if the sending off was perhaps too harsh.

After storming out of his news conference following United's defeat to Tottenham, demanding ''respect, respect'' from the media, Mourinho was much calmer ahead of his side's trip to Burnley, and the approach may have brought rewards on the field.

Mourinho will have been especially pleased by United's improved defensive performance as it claimed a first clean sheet of the league season.

Both the Portuguese and his squad will enter the international break with confidence that United's worst Premier League start for 26 years is firmly behind them.

Tottenham, meanwhile which set alarm bells ringing at Old Trafford by winning 3-0 there six days ago, was unable to carry that momentum to Watford, which came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

Watford has won all four of its Premier League games and joins Liverpool and Chelsea with a maximum total of 12 points at the top of the table.

 

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