Lukaku lifts pressure on Mourinho

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as 10-man Manchester United returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, Skysports reports.

United looked on course for a routine victory when Lukaku headed them ahead on 27 minutes and doubled their tally with a close-range second a minute before half-time.

But after Paul Pogba had a second-half penalty saved by Joe Hart, United had to play the final 19 minutes a man down when Marcus Rashford was shown a straight red card for head-butting Phil Bardsley.

However, three days on from their agonising Europa League exit against Olympiakos, Burnley showed little sign of mounting a late comeback, Sam Vokes’ header stoppage-time header all the Clarets could muster by way of a response.

Instead, United ground out the win — which lifts them to 10th in the table — to ease the pressure on beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho. Burnley remain second from bottom after their third successive defeat. United’s fluid front three of Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard tormented Burnley in the opening exchanges, with the fleet-footed England international creating two clear opening inside 10 minutes.

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