Man Utd beat Burnley to keep Champions League hopes alive

Man Utd beat Burnley to keep Champions League hopes alive

Manchester United's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring their first goal with Nemanja Matic

Pool via Reuters

Manchester United defeated Burnley 3-1 on Thursday night to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

The Red Devils returned to winning ways following a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle at St James' Park last

Scot McTominay saved his best performance for the last game of the year by firing Ralf Ragnick's ahead with an impressive finish eight minutes into the game to get his first goal of the season.

The Scot got three shots on target to cap off an outstanding performance, the best he's ever had in any match for United.

Jadon Sancho forced an own goal off Ben Mee in the 27th minute to give the hosts a two-goal lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-0 eight minutes later by tapping the ball into an open net after McTominay's super shot struck the bar before drifting towards the Portuguese.

United were caught napping moments later when Eric Bailly's poor control was snatched by Aaron Lennon who made the most of the effort to score a consolation for the visitors three minutes later.

The victory sees United move four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with one game at hand.

Under Ragnick, United have been able to amass a total of ten points in four matches and unbeaten in all competitions under the German.

Meanwhile, Burnley go into 2022 sitting in the bottom three with at least three matches at hand.

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