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Burnley 1-1 Blades - report

5 July 2020

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United came from behind to record a point against Burnley at Turf Moor after another impressive display.

The Blades dominated large parts of the contest but were heading to defeat after James Tarkowski opened the scoring before half-time. United stuck to the task and were rewarded inside the final 10 minutes when John Egan deservedly equalised with a terrific finish.

Boss Chris Wilder named an unchanged starting 11 for the trip to Lancashire, with United receiving a huge boost with the news that defender Jack O'Connell was fit enough to take his place amongst the United bench.

United had a great opportunity to open the scoring just inside the first minute. A quick throw from George Baldock was seized upon by David McGoldrick who instinctively flicked the ball inside to Oli McBurnie whose low drive was saved by the leg of Nick Pope.

On four minutes United had the ball in the net. Jack Robinson's long throw was spilled by Pope under pressure with Sander Berge on hand to convert, but the whistle had long since gone for a nudge by McBurnie on the stricken 'keeper.

United maintained the excellent start and when a long pass forward was flicked on by McBurnie, McGoldrick was almost through until a quick intervention from Pope who sprinted off his line to clear.

Despite an excellent start by the Blades, Burnley should have been in front on nine minutes. After Robinson gave the ball away on halfway, the Clarets counter attacked through Jay Rodriguez. He found Erik Pieters who played in Matej Vydra but when clean through he dragged his shot just wide of the far post.

Straight down the other end United also missed a great chance to open the scoring. McBurnie did brilliant to turn his man before sprinting to the by-line, he pulled a low cross back which was perfect for Berge, but his goal-bound effort was blocked.

Egan, still forward from a previous attack, also went close in the first quarter as he just failed to connect at full stretch to a wonderful cross from Ben Osborn.

The Blades continued to create good chances with Berge next to go close when he flashed a header over the bar from a good cross from Ollie Norwood.

The Blades skipper was involved again soon after when Osborn and Robinson both had crosses into the area, with the latter's effort deflected behind for a corner. Norwood swung in a dangerous centre, but Egan powered his header over the bar.

Dean Henderson was called into action for the first time on 38 minutes when he comfortably beat away a Phil Bardsley strike from range, whilst at the other end another Robinson cross was turned over the top by McBurnie.

United had dominated the half but were behind at the interval as the Clarets struck just before the break. Ashley Westwood's free-kick was flicked on by Rodriguez and Tarkowski was there to net from close range.

The Blades started the second stanza on the front foot and had the first effort when McGoldrick's long range effort looped into a dangerous area where Baldock was lurking. The wing-back's hooked cross was cleared by Kevin Long with McBurnie ready to pounce just behind.

O'Connell was given his first outing since the lockdown when he replaced Robinson on 54 minutes whilst Billy Sharp replaced Norwood.

The Blades were enjoying the majority of the play and stepped up again on the hour mark. A patient, well-worked move, starting with Berge was quickened up by Osborn who found Stevens. The Irishman fed the ball into the path of the overlapping O'Connell and his dangerous centre just eluded McGoldrick following a deflection.

Wilder continued to make attacking changes with the introduction of Lys Mousset and Jack Rodwell, making his United Premier League debut, but for all the possession United were kept at bay.

Against the run of play Burnley should have made it 2-0. Rodriguez attempted a long-range volley which was parried clear by Henderson straight to Dwight McNeil, but the winger dragged his effort wide.

United's patience was finally rewarded on 80 minutes. The Blades worked a short corner into the path of Osborn who stood up a cross into the area. Sharp reacted quickest to flick the ball on and there was EGAN to rifle an unstoppable shot into the top corner from the angle.

The Blades pressed for a winner in the closing stages with Berge stinging the palms of Pope late on with a 20-yard strike.

Burnley: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Brownhill, McNeil, Westwood, Rodriguez, Pieters (Gudmundsson 90'), Bardsley, Vydra (Wood 69'), Long.
Unused: Brady, Peacock-Farrell, Thompson, Dunne, Thomas, Benson, Goodridge.

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Basham (Rodwell 75'), McBurnie (Mousset 71'), Egan, Norwood (Sharp 54'), McGoldrick, Robinson (O'Connell 54'), Osborn, Berge.
Unused: Jagielka, K. Freeman, Moore, Zivkovic.

As it happened...

United get the game underway...

First chance to the Blades and it is a great one.

David McGoldrick flicks on and Oli McBurnie fires in a low shot saved by the legs of Pope.

Ball in the net but the whistle has gone.

Pope tries to collect a Jack Robinson long throw but he's fouled as he spills the ball. The whistle goes as Sander Berge converts.

Front foot start by United.

Robinson slides a lovely pass into Stevens who crosses from the byline.

The ball deflects behind for a corner which is delivered by Norwood and fisted clear by Pope.

Route one from United nearly pays off as McBurnie wins a great flick for McGoldrick to chase but Pope is quick off his line to clear.

Against the run of play Burnley should be in front.

A counter attack from Rodriguez sees Vydra through on goal after a pass from Pieters but he places his effort wide.

United's turn to miss a good chance!

McBurnie with a great run to the byline, he cuts back to Berge whose shot is blocked from close range.

There's then an appeal for handball from the resulting corner. VAR says no pen, Burnley escape.

After a blistering start, the game has hit a slight lull.

United enjoying most of the play. Good chances missed for both sides.

Berge's cross blocked behind.

Norwood's corner initially cleared by Pieters. Egan heads back in and Burnley clear for a second time.

United come again, and Ben Osborn provides a wonderful cross which Egan just misses at full stretch.

McGoldrick lays it off for Stevens who is wide, he decides to shoot. His effort deflects into the side netting.

Norwood's corner is a routine claim for Pope. Time for drinks.

United still looking good after the drinks break.

Nothing of note to report, but this has been a good opening 28 minutes from the Blades.

Burnley starting to look a little brighter.

A couple of bursts towards the area, but lacking a final pass. The latest effort from Ashley Westwood sees him overrun the ball out for a goal kick.

Burnley have enjoyed more possession over the last five minutes, but as yet haven't created anything from it. Much more even contest over the past 10 minutes.

United create a chance with a good move down the right.

Norwood delivers an accurate cross into the area, but Berge flashes a header over.

United have upped it again.

A sweeping move down the left sees crosses by Osborn and Robinson. The latter goes behind for a corner and from Norwood's delivery Egan heads over.

Great covering from Baldock stops a potential chance for Vydra.

Shortly after Phil Bardsley's long range effort is comfortably dealt with by Henderson.

Another half chance for United.

Robinson forward again and sends in a good cross into the near post where McBurnie flicks a tough chance just over.


Against the run of play, Westwood's free-kick is flicked on by Rodriguez and James Tarkowski reacts quickest to net from close range.

VAR check...goal given.

Two added minutes.

Burnley 1 - 0 Blades

Tarkowski's goal against the run of play gives the hosts a half-time lead.

Blades back out for the second half...

Burnley get the second half underway

Again United straight onto the front foot.

McGoldrick takes aim from distance, it takes a big deflection looping towards Baldock who hooks the ball into a dangerous area but Kevin Long is there to clear.

Wind still really strong here in Lancashire.

United still look the domiant side in possession, nothing of note created as yet.

Pieters fires an effort well over after latching onto a knockdown.

Double change for United.

Norwood and Robinson replaced by Sharp and O'Connell.

Quiet spell in the game here.

Looks like Berge is going to sit in midfield, McGoldrick in the hole and O'Connell in his usual position.

Brilliant move from United. Berge involved, Osborn quickens up the move to find Stevens, O'Connell on the overlap then delivers a cross which takes a deflection and is narrowly missed by McGoldrick.

Better from United who are enjoying some good spells of play.

Another nicely worked attack ends with Berge's cross claimed by Pope.

Blades just lacking a final pass at the minute.

Burnley change. Chris Wood replaces Vydra.

Long range strike from Rodriguez is well wide.

Change for United as McBurnie is replaced by Lys Mousset.

Another good spell of possession against United, again though the final pass not quite there.

Berge's centre is headed up in the air but Pope calls for it and makes a claim.

Jack Rodwell makes his first Premier League appearance for United as he replaces Chris Basham.

For all United's dominance, that should have been 2-0.

Rodriguez with a long range strike which is parried into path of McNeil by Henderson, but the winger puts his effort wide.


It's been coming. A short corner is worked to Osborn who crosses into the area. Sharp flicks on and the ball is rifled in by Egan for his first Premier League goal!

Great defensive header clear by McGoldrick from a Burnley free-kick.

The resulting corner from Westwood is headed away by O'Connell.

United free-kick, played short for Berge to hit. He connects well but his effort his held by Pope.

Four added minutes.

Low effort from Pieters is comfortable for Henderson but he has to tip it around the post.

United clear the resulting corner...

Burnley 1 - 1 Blades

United come from behind to record a point after John Egan cancels out James Tarkowski's opener.

It's a good performance by United who dominate large parts of the contest.

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