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United entire int'l break with win

Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 12:19 AM


After the furore that followed straight English Premier League (EPL) defeats for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's team produced a routine 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku's first-half double put United in control before the second half briefly took a dramatic turn when Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart saved Paul Pogba's penalty kick and substitute Marcus Rashford was sent off for violent conduct only 11 minutes after coming on.

"Even with 10 men for 15 minutes, we were the team that had the chances to score," Mourinho said. "We are all very happy that the boys can go for their international week with the feeling (of winning)."

Tottenham, who set alarm bells ringing at Old Trafford by winning 3-0 there six days ago, were unable to carry that momentum to Watford, who came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

Watford have won all four of their Premier League games and join Liverpool and Chelsea with a maximum total of 12 points at the top of the table.

Arsenal, meanwhile, joined United on six points as they secured a first away victory under Unai Emery with an entertaining 3-2 win at newly promoted Cardiff.

After storming out of his news conference following United's defeat to Tottenham, demanding "respect, respect" from the media, Mourinho was much calmer ahead of his side's trip to Burnley, and the approach may have brought rewards on the field.

Mourinho will have been especially pleased by United's improved defensive performance as it claimed a first clean sheet of the league season.

Both the Portuguese manager and his squad will enter the international break with confidence that United's worst Premier League start for 26 years is firmly behind them.


Yesterday's EPL results:

Cardiff 2-3 Arsenal

Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

Watford 2-1 Tottenham