Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 at home thanks to Scott McTominay’s goal, and Ralf Rangnick remains unbeaten in command.
Rangnick made six changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Newcastle on Monday, withdrawing Marcus Rashford, Fred, Alex Telles, and Diogo Dalot and reverting to Sir Alex Ferguson’s 4-4-2 system.
McTominay flourished the most when he moved farther forward, and he opened the goal with a beautiful first-time strike from outside the box.
Sean Dyche’s team squandered a couple of decent scoring chances, and they were punished when Jadon Sancho surged into the area and his effort deflected off Ben Mee and settled in the bottom corner.
READ ALSO: Lukaku Left Frustrated With Chelsea Role
And after McTominay’s first-time drive was wonderfully stopped onto the bar by the recalled Wayne Hennessey, Cristiano Ronaldo knocked the rebound into an empty net, making up for his earlier lost chances.
Soon after, though, the visitors struck, capitalizing on a mistake by Eric Bailly, with Aaron Lennon caressing the ball into the bottom corner.
In the second half, both teams generated fewer opportunities, with Mee heading over from a corner and Mason Greenwood having a shot in the box saved.
The host team suffered an injury setback when Bailly was knocked down and replaced by Raphael Varane.
Rangnick’s team now have the same number of points as fifth-placed West Ham, while the Clarets will finish 2021 in the relegation zone.