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Manchester United battle to draw against Burnley

28 December 2017, 12:33 | Ken Black

Manchester United battle to draw against Burnley

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Mourinho insisted bad luck was the primary reason why his side drew 2-2 against Leicester and followed that up with another draw against Burnley at Old Trafford, as he insisted both games should have been won, as he was asked if United were going through a hard patch.

'What is most important is that you deal with your own situation as well as you can and, yes, Manchester City are richer than us and, yes, Chelsea is richer than us and, yes, Manchester United are richer than us.

United could fall 15 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City if their rivals win at Newcastle on Wednesday following a 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford on St Stephen's Day.

United conceded with virtually the last kick of its previous game, at Leicester on Saturday, but this time was relieved to see a 2-2 final scoreline after Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour gave Burnley a 2-0 halftime lead.

"We should have won, yes", United manager Jose Mourinho said.

"At 2-0, it makes things more hard at half-time", he said.

Mourinho reacted with two halftime substitutions, replacing Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lingard.

"I need my players to believe in them [selves] and I need them to believe in me; to accept the risk and not be afraid to lose three or four".

The hosts recovered from their early jitters and began to pin Burnley back, with Luke Shaw - handed a start at left-back in a league game for only the second time this season - stinging Nick Pope's hands with a strike before Paul Pogba's header was clawed away from the top corner.

BBC reports that Lingard came off the bench for the second half and quickly reduced the deficit with a clever back-heel finish from an Ashley Young cross.



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