Manchester United laboured their way to a 1-0 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor, as they cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points.

Anthony Martial’s strike gave United all three points, but it was a pretty poor performance from the Reds, who weren’t really at the races today against a stubborn Burnley side.

José Mourinho made just the one change from the side that beat Stoke City on Monday, with Ashley Young returning from a three-match ban to replace the in-form Luke Shaw.

It was a game low on action, with United having most of the ball but failing to create clear-cut openings throughout. The game’s pivotal moment came close to the hour mark, with Romelu Lukaku playing a huge part in the United goal.

The Belgian shrugged off the attentions of two Burnley defenders and charged down the right-hand side, before finding an unmarked Martial. The Frenchman squared up Phil Bardsley before curling the ball past Nick Pope via the crossbar, making it three consecutive Premier League games on the scoresheet.

Burnley pushed for an equaliser, but the closest they came was through Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s free-kick shortly afterwards, which hit the woodwork and bounced over.

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