Louis van Gaal’s side responded following the draw with West Ham by beating Sean Dyche’s side at Old Trafford, with the England defender scoring twice. Download video: Manchester United 3 – 1 Burnley [Premier League] Highlights 2015
replaced by Ander Herrera.
For all Burnley’s supremacy, however, familiar defensive frailties returned to haunt them on the stroke of half-time as Smalling edged United back in front.
Rooney and Angel di Maria played a short corner and the latter stood up a cross to the back post thatSmalling met with an unstoppable header.
The second half failed to match the levels of a breathless first period, although that could have been very different had Ings not shot straight at De Gea from close range immediately after the restart as George Boyd’s cross forced a defensive mix-up between Smalling and Herrera.
It was left to Van Persie to put the result beyond any doubt with eight minutes remaining after Di Maria cut in from the left and was clumsily upended by Scott Arfield, the Dutchman sending Heaton the wrong way from the resulting penalty.
Heaton then kept out a rasping Di Maria drive and Adnan Januzaj’s follow-up was well blocked by Jason Shackell as United well on top.
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