Manchester -Jose Mourinho's troubles mounted as Manchester United needed a 91st
minute equaliser from substitute Jesse Lingard to rescue a point in a
thrilling 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday.
First-half goals from
Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour had put Burnley on course for their
first victory at Old Trafford in over 55 years.
But, after pulling
United back into contention with his first goal on 53 minutes, Lingard
struck a dramatic equaliser in the first of five added minutes.
Juan Mata free-kick was only cleared to the edge of the area by Ben Mee
and Ashley Young's shot took a kind defection, into the path of Lingard
who converted clinically through a crowded area.
United are now 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, who can
extend their advantage at Newcastle on Wednesday.
barely two minutes to take the lead, from a free-kick conceded by Marcos
Rojo, who was booked for his trouble, after he brought down Jeff
Hendrick as he sprinted down the left.
Johann Berg Gudmundson took the set-piece which badly exposed United's
current defensive frailties as the ball struck Romelu Lukaku in the
chest and, with his team mates slow to respond, it was left for Barnes
to poke the ball in from close range.
Worse would follow after 36
minutes when Ashley Young tripped Scott Arfield, 25 yards out and dead
centre in front of the United goal, presenting Defour with the perfect
opportunity to send a magnificent right-foot free-kick soaring into the
top left-hand corner.
After Mourinho had been enraged by his team
conceding a late equaliser at Leicester at the weekend, the United
manager must have been equally angered by the first half effort here.
reduced arrears with a sublime finish, back-heeling Young's right-wing
cross past his marker Kevin Long and into the corner of the Burnley net
to set up the grandstand finale.
But there was no disguising the
setback this draw handed Mourinho, with a handful of supporters booing
the team off at the interval.
before doubling their lead, Burnley might have had a second when
Arfield's first-time volley clipped the bar on its way over the home
United handed a first start since early April to Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, back from his knee ligament injury, and he partnered Lukaku
But it was not until the midpoint of the first half
that United put the visitors under any pressure when Paul Pogba's goal
bound header was turned away, one-handed, by Nick Pope.
responded more quickly, after going down to a second goal, and within
seconds defender Ben Mee was required to clear a Marcus Rashford effort
of the Burnley line.
Mourinho responded with a double substitution
at the break, bringing on Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for
Ibrahimovic and Rojo, and the move almost paid instant dividends.
50th minute cross was met by Lingard who somehow struck his shot
against Pope from inside the six-yard area then saw the ricochet loop
up, hit the bar and fly to safety.
Lingard only had to wait three minutes to make amends, however, with his superbly-taken goal giving United fresh hope.
led to a long procession of United attacks as they desperately looked
for an equaliser although Lukaku hardly covered himself with glory as he
mistimed his jump and failed to connect with Marcus Rashford's inviting
cross soon after.
Pogba came close with a 70th minute free-kick
that just cleared the bar but, for all their pressure, United lacked the
guile to find a way past the well-drilled Burnley defence until
Lingard's injury-time heroics.