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Manchester United hold on to win after Lukaku double despite Marcus Rashford red card

Culled from BBC

Manchester United recovered from back-to-back defeats to beat Burnley despite Paul Pogba missing a penalty and Marcus Rashford being sent off.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first half as the Red Devils - beaten by Brighton and Tottenham in their previous two Premier League matches - were largely untroubled by their hosts.

Pogba had the chance to stretch United's lead midway through the second half but his penalty - after Aaron Lennon fouled Rashford - was saved by former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

And two minutes later the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Rashford was sent off for leaning into Burnley defender Phil Bardsley with his head.

That made the closing stages unnecessarily tense for Jose Mourinho's side, but the Clarets were unable to find a way through.

Victory took United up to 10th in the table - level on points with Everton in seventh.

The build-up to the match had been dominated by discussion of the Red Devils' stuttering start to the season. There had even been speculation Mourinho could be one game from being sacked.

And the club's executive vice-chairman was the target of a banner that flew over the ground before kick-off reading 'Ed Woodward: A specialist in failure'.

If the United players were feeling the pressure, they did not show it during a thoroughly professional first-half performance.

Lukaku looked back to his clinical best when he rose highest to power home Alexis Sanchez's clipped cross after 27 minutes.

And the Belgian reacted well for his second on the cusp of half-time, slamming the ball home after a series of kind deflections.

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My view: Jose Mourinho is a happy man today because of his team's briliant performance, a clean sheet and two goals for Lukaku. Solid at the back and very clinical going forward. United players did not show they were under pressure in the first half, they were excellent, maybe is due to Mourinho taking all the pressure himself. If your team is in the top-six in the Premier League, that team is very good, because the competition is massive and tough.

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