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Manchester United: Burnley beat side in 2020 that included Phil Jones and Dan James

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Manchester United lost at home to Burnley just two years ago as Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira and Dan James all started – with side labelled an ’embarrassment’ and ‘the worst in 30 years’

  • Man United welcome Burnley to Old Trafford in the Premier League tonight
  • Visitors heaped misery on them two years ago with Ole Gunnar Solskajer at helm
  • Red Devils’ starting line-up included Phil Jones, Dan James and Andreas Pereira 


Manchester United welcome Burnley in Premier League action tonight but the visitors heaped misery on them just two years ago.

The Red Devils, under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, were booed off by fans following the 2-0 defeat by the Clarets in January 2020.

It was the first time United had lost at home to Burnley in 58 years in what was a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the hosts.

Manchester United's players look thoroughly dejected as they are beaten 2-0 at home by Burnley on January 22, 2020. They were booed off the field by angry fans

Manchester United’s players look thoroughly dejected as they are beaten 2-0 at home by Burnley on January 22, 2020. They were booed off the field by angry fans 

Those fans at Old Trafford who didn't leave early stayed behind to jeer the players off

Those fans at Old Trafford who didn’t leave early stayed behind to jeer the players off

United forgotten man Phil Jones (centre) started the 2-0 defeat by the Clarets two years ago

United forgotten man Phil Jones (centre) started the 2-0 defeat by the Clarets two years ago 

United’s starting XI has dramatically changed since that abject display as defender Phil Jones and midfielders Dan James, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata were all given the nod. 

Anthony Martial, who wants to leave the club this month, led the line for Solskjaer while Nemanja Matic and Fred made up the midfield base.

No 1 goalkeeper David de Gea started with Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back, skipper Harry Maguire alongside forgotten man Jones with Brandon Williams, currently on loan at Norwich, at left back.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand labelled his old club an embarrassment, while ex-Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch slammed them as ‘the worst team in 30 years.’

‘I’m sitting here embarrassed. It’s embarrassing to be here seeing this,’ the former defender said on BT Sport.

‘You can’t defend this. Fans were walking out after 85 minutes. People at the top need to see this and make changes and put a plan in place. Young kids in schools around the country won’t be wearing Man United shirts, they won’t be wanting to come here and see this.

The situation looked increasingly bleak for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with United some 30 points behind rivals and champions-elect Liverpool at that time

The situation looked increasingly bleak for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with United some 30 points behind rivals and champions-elect Liverpool at that time

‘Nothing there suggests this is laying the foundation of future. I don’t see a pathway. Where’s the target set on the wall, saying this is how we’re going to get there? Money has been spent willy-nilly in the past seven years, what’s to show?’ 

Goals either side of half-time by Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez consigned United to an eighth defeat of the season and gave Sean Dyche only a second victory in 31 matches against Bix Six opposition.

It left United six points worse off than at the same stage under David Moyes in 2014 and saw them slip to 30 points behind leaders and fierce rivals Liverpool having played two more games than the Reds.

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