Martial strike gives Manchester United points at Turf Moor

Reuters , Saturday 20 Jan 2018

Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on January 20, 2018 AFP

A superbly taken 54th minute goal from Anthony Martial gave Manchester United a hard-earned 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku showed strength and skill as he held off two challenges on the right flank before delivering a perfect cross-field pass to Martial whose powerful shot crashed in off the under-side of the bar.

Burnley responded well, though, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson hitting the bar with a free kick and the Clarets put United under plenty of pressure throughout the second half.

Home goalkeeper Nick Pope produced a fine save to deny Martial another goal as second placed United closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to nine points ahead of their rival's game against Newcastle United later on Saturday.

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