Jesse Lingard late show steals a point for Manchester United against Burnley
Old Trafford, Premier League – Manchester United 2 (Lingard 53′, 90′) Burnley 2 (Barnes 3′, Defour 36′)
Jesse Lingard scored twice as Manchester United left it late to come from two behind and snatch a draw with Burnley at Old Trafford.
Burnley raced into a third-minute lead through Ashley Barnes after Marcos Rojo conceded a free-kick and United failed to clear the ball from the penalty box. Steven Defour made it two when he lashed in a free-kick past David de Gea.
Jose Mourinho hooked Rojo and the lumbering Zlatan Ibrahimovic at half-time for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard, and it was the latter who gave United hope with a clever flicked finish.
Lingard then grabbed his second with a goalmouth scramble effort, and while United will be disappointed to throw away the first half, their comeback keeps them in second place, a point ahead of Chelsea and 12 behind Manchester City.
Burnley are in sixth, a point behind Arsenal.
Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished? It seems harsh to ask after he suffered such a serious injury, and when he has only played a handful of games since his return, but given his age, it has to be done. United need Ibrahimovic to take the weight off the misfiring Romelu Lukaku and right now he can’t offer any support.
The best hope United have is that the Swede can rediscover some of his old magic, but if they don’t see any signs of that happening they will have to act quickly in the transfer market.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United): It was tempting to write Lingard off when he broke into the United first team. He was self-confident without delivering anything on the pitch. But it cannot be denied that while he isn’t the most rounded player, and often makes mistakes, he contributes important goals that are often spectacular.