BURNLEY, England: Manchester United were knocked out of the top four of the Premier League after being tied 1-1 by bottom side Burnley today.
United dominated the competition at the start but their early goal was disallowed by the VAR for offside before Paul Pogba, who started his first game in the league since mid -October, blasted home his first goal of the season to give the visitors the lead.
Ralf Rangnick’s side should have added to their advantage before the break but Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope saved many tries as the hosts failed to create any attempts in the first half.
United had to pay a heavy price for their mistake when Burnley equalized through Jay Rodriguez two minutes after the start of the second half which was also their first attack of the match.
With Newcastle United beating Everton, Burnley continue to fall behind in a bid to avoid relegation and are now trailing Eddie Howe’s side in 17th place with four points but two games to go.
“We controlled the game,” United captain Harry Maguire told BT Sport. “We have to win the game with a lot of chances we created. We have to get the second goal. We dropped two points.
“We want to dominate the game but of course when you come to Burnley, you can’t dominate for 90 minutes. We should have been better.”
Without veteran striker and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who started the action from the bench, United’s top three strikers were clearly no match for Burnley in the first half.
French defender Raphael Varane felt he had scored his first goal for United after 12 minutes but the header was disallowed due to an offside against Maguire after seeing the VAR footage.