77 touches, 11 duels won: £49.5m-rated star stood out for Man Utd in Burnley draw


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The Frenchman made his first league appearance since October and was impressive in the first half, scoring in the 18th minute with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.

United had two goals disallowed for offside and fouls on each side of his effort, but the team merited their first-half lead with the Clarets unable to register a single chance.

The second half of the narrative was rather different. Jay Rodriguez scored within minutes of the restart for the Clarets, who easily got behind Harry Maguire.

Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo had a good-headed chance late on, but it was another difficult night for the Red Devils, who currently sit fifth in the table.

The performance did have some great aspects. Varane was unlucky to have his headed goal disallowed early in the game. Goalkeeper Nick Pope saved another fine effort from the Frenchman.

Pogba, on the other hand, stood out with his performance. It wasn’t a perfect display, but the £49.5 million-rated star rose to the occasion, winning 11 ground and aerial duels with 77 touches.

He completed his performance with an early goal, which helped United earn a point. His distribution was lacking, but he should improve as he plays more minutes.

The Red Devils entered the winter break on the heels of back-to-back league triumphs, including a dramatic last-gasp winner against West Ham United. They were unable to maintain their momentum.

This month’s games against Middlesbrough and Burnley have been a tale of two halves. If the other results go against United, they might tumble to eighth place by Thursday.

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