Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy with Manchester United’s battling spirit after comeback draw against Burnley

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Late drama

The Red Devils trailed Burnely by two goals until Paul Pogba’s 87th-minute penalty and Victor Lindelof’s injury-time strike preserved Solskjaer’s unbeaten start

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United showed their battling spirit after coming back from two goals down to draw with Burnley.

The Red Devils interim boss had won eight successive games after replacing Jose Mourinho, ahead of Burnley’s Old Trafford visit.

Victor Lindelof turned home Manchester United’s equaliser

And a first defeat looked on the cards after Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood had given the Clarets a shock 2-0 lead.

But Paul Pogba’s 87th-minute penalty followed by Victor Lindelof’s injury-time equaliser preserved Solskjaer’s unbeaten start.

He said: “The way they came back was fantastic, so of course you’re happy with the point.

“Then again we could have got three. We just ran out of time towards the end and we started too late with the urgency that we needed, that’s a learning curve.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run is over

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run is over

“But now you’ve got your answer – can they come back if they go one or two down? I’m very happy with the response.”

Solskjaer suggested United’s red-hot form could have had a negative impact on their start to the game.

The hosts were heavy favourites to sweep aside relegation-threatened Burnley.

The Norwegian added: “The danger of winning might be that you think that what we’ve done before helps or gives us the right to start off on 90 per cent because we’re winning one or two nil.

“But you have to start properly in each game and we didn’t start off well enough to cause Burnley enough problems.

“We know they’re well organised, we know they’re happy if we keep crossing the ball so we needed more tempo and more urgency in the play and play our way into the box more.

“In the second half at times I thought we did fantastic in that respect but Tom (Heaton) is a good keeper and they headed the ball away when we crossed it. But we found a way in the end.”


Burnley boss Sean Dyche was left puzzled by the five minutes of time added on and thought the announcement vitalised a crowd accustomed to late goals and thrilling finishes under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Victor Lindelof struck in the second minute of time added on – a goal that Dyche believes should have been chalked off for offside in the build-up.

Dyche said: “I have no clue where a mystery five minutes came from, I don’t think anyone in the stadium did, everyone in the stadium had a gasp as to where the five minutes has come from.

“Every minute counts at that stage of the game, you see what happened and how late the goals are. In these parts for the history of this club, when five minutes goes up, everyone believes.

“I asked the officials and they didn’t give me a very valid reason. They seemed to come from somewhere.

“And then if you look at the margins, I think you’ll find when (Alexis) Sanchez wins the header, Lindelof is marginally offside and, as it comes off the keeper, he finishes it. That’s a nice debate for everyone, at least.”

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