Bruno Fernandes scored remarkable volley to secure a crucial victory for Manchester United as they narrowly overcame a Burnley side still seeking their first win in the Premier League this season.
United, in dire need of a spark after three consecutive losses, found it in the 45th minute when their captain, Fernandes, executed a brilliant first-time volley from Jonny Evans’ lofted pass.
This sublime strike was of the highest quality and proved decisive, giving United their third win in six league games this season. This victory pushed Vincent Kompany’s side to the bottom of the league table, with just one point to their name thus far.
Burnley showcased moments of delightful football during the match, with Zeki Amdouni providing a scare for the visitors as he directed a free header that required Andre Onana to make a full-stretch save.
Amdouni had an even better opportunity when he was set up by Aaron Ramsey, but his low shot deflected off the post.
United thought they had taken the lead earlier when Evans headed in a corner, but VAR disallowed the goal due to Rasmus Hojlund’s interference with goalkeeper James Trafford.
In the second half, Burnley relentlessly pursued an equalizer, with Sander Berge narrowly heading over the bar. Despite their recent struggles, United managed to hold on for the victory, a much-needed result after conceding three or more goals in their previous three matches against Arsenal, Brighton, and Bayern Munich.
The match began with Marcus Rashford’s early attempt that hit the side-netting, raising hopes of a rejuvenated United. However, their overall performance remained lackluster and lethargic.
Burnley gradually gained momentum after Rashford’s early chance, and they will rue Amdouni’s missed opportunities in the first half.
Onana, the under-pressure goalkeeper, made crucial saves, including denying a header from Swiss striker Amdouni and watching as Amdouni’s shot hit the woodwork following an impressive team build-up.
Amidst Burnley’s promising play, Fernandes provided a moment of brilliance just before halftime. Breaking free from his marker, he expertly received Evans’ pinpoint pass and unleashed an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner, leaving Trafford with no chance.
Fernandes came close to adding a spectacular second goal in injury time, but Trafford managed to deny his hook shot.
Defender Evans, who returned to the club in the summer, made his first United start since March 2015. He did score with a header, but VAR overturned the decision.
Evans had experienced relegation with Leicester last season, a fate Burnley will be eager to avoid this time.
Having lost all four home games this season, they recall that it took them nine matches to secure their first victory in the 2021-22 campaign, which ultimately ended in relegation to the Championship.