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Burnley ‘burns’ Man Utd

August 20, 2009
scorer Blake congratulated

scorer Blake congratulated

Burnley gave United a footballing lesson last night as the two teams met for the second match of the 2009/2010 season. The Clarets were far better than United in the opening minutes as they put pressure on United’s back four, and the only goal of the match came on 18 minutes, when Blake volleyed a shot past Foster from the near post.

United won a penalty near the half time stroke, when Evra was brought down in the box, but Micheal Carrick, who opted to take it instead of Owen, saw his shot saved by keeper Jensen.

Despite United’s dominating the second half in search of the equalizer, they could not find a way through as Burnley held on to record their first top flight win since 1976.

This win came just after Sir Alex yesterday had an interview stating that Burnley manager Owen Coyle should not lose hope given the tough matches awaiting him and also he personally felt Burnley could end up last in the premier league this season. Don’t know if it was a mind game by Fergie or a statement as such, but it did backfire terribly on him. It also shows that United still have to link up as they did when Ronaldo was present in the squad, as they totally lacked the finishing touch to what should have been an easy away win.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009 6:56 am

    I guess Arsenal is not the only club that have problems with the smaller teams.

  2. George permalink
    August 20, 2009 9:30 am

    Ah how it gives me great pleasure to read this.
    Fair play to Burnley. Their ‘keeper Jensen was on top form, and Blake’s goal was a brilliant strike. It was just Burnley’s day. On another day, United probably would have cruised 3 or 4-0, but Coyle’s men worked tirelessly, stuck at it, and got just rewards.

    United were poor, especially infront of goal, but you have to give full credit to Burnley here.

    • August 20, 2009 9:40 am

      Full credit to them. They took their chance and the keeper was boss last night.

  3. August 20, 2009 9:52 am

    I hope this season’s battle between Rafa and SAF turn out into a ‘Who can win better without Alonso/Ronaldo battle’

  4. Kai permalink
    August 20, 2009 12:38 pm

    Pops to Burnley for the fantastic performance.. I was a little frustrated by United but this team has the tendency to think that they have a God-given right to win matches. Maybe they were expecting Burnley to just roll over and let them walk all over the team..

    This will be a good wake-up call to the team.. I’m sure SAF gave some kicks up their rear ends in the dressing room.. Ryan Giggs was exemplary in his commitment and continous high standards…

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