McTominay & Ronaldo on point for United as they swept Burnley aside in a 3-1 win at Old Trafford

Scot McTominay & Ronaldo on point for United as they swept Burnley aside in a 3-1 win at Old Trafford to reclaim sixth place.

Scot McTominay & Ronaldo on point for United as they swept Burnley aside in a 3-1 win at Old Trafford to reclaim sixth place.

Manchester United scored three goals in the first half for the first time in the Premier League since January as they swept Burnley aside at Old Trafford.

Scott McTominay’s eighth-minute curler from the edge of the area was United’s quickest top-flight goal in more than a year, since the Scot struck twice in the opening minutes against Leeds.

Scot McTominay’s celebration of the first goal

Jadon Sancho’s deflected effort increased the hosts’ lead before Cristiano Ronaldo – who had squandered a great opportunity after being sent clean through while the game remained goalless – tapped into an empty net after McTominay’s strike was deflected off the post by Burnley keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Ronaldo’s empty net tap-in

Aaron Lennon capitalised on Eric Bailly’s bad first touch to equalize for the visitors with a precise strike into the bottom corner.

Burnley, on the other hand, lacked the endurance and guile to threaten United more and remain in the bottom three in their first game since 12 December.

United’s unbeaten record since the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now stands at eight matches, although they still have a long way to go if they are to begin creating a significant legacy to Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements, who turns 80 on New Year’s Eve.

Manchester United’s next game is against Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday, 3 January (17:30 GMT). Burnley are next in action against Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday, 2 January (14:00).

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