Burnley 0-1 Manchester United: Player ratings as Pogba strike sends Red Devils top

Manchester United went top of the Premier League as Paul Pogba's deflected second-half volley gave them a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

The first half was dominated by VAR controversy and little else. First, Robbie Brady's yellow card – which was being checked for a possible red – was overturned when a Luke Shaw foul was spotted in the buildup.

Soon after, Harry Maguire had his header ruled out by referee Kevin Friend, with the technology failing to overturn what looked like a harsh decision.

After the break, United were much improved and got their reward when Pogba volleyed home Marcus Rashford's cross via a Matt Lowton deflection.

Here are you player ratings from Turf Moor...


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Mee enjoyed an intense battle with Cavani | JON SUPER/Getty Images

Nick Pope (GK) - 7/10 - Made one exceptional save from Anthony Martial in the first half. Was impressive throughout and there was nothing he could do about the goal.

Matt Lowton (RB) - 6/10 - A fairly solid display. He was unlucky to deflect Pogba's shot past Pope.

James Tarkowski (CB) - 6/10 - Did his job well, dealing with balls in the air and on the floor. Fluffed a massive chance to equalise in the dying moments.

Ben Mee (CB) - 7/10 - His flying overhead kick to try and keep Maguire's header out was nothing short of heroic.

Erik Pieters (LB) - 5/10 - His slack marking allowed Rashford all the time in the world to pick out Pogba for the goal.

2. Midfielders

Brady was embroiled in VAR controversy | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) - 6/10 - One of the only Burnley players to try to travel with the ball, but to no avail ultimately.

Josh Brownhill (CM) - 6/10 - Did well to limit United's progression in the first half, racking up two interceptions. Struggled to contain Pogba and Fernandes after the break.

Ashley Westwood (CM) - 6/10 - As above, although he went about his business in a less eye-catching fashion.

Robbie Brady (LM) - 6/10 - His archetypal 'taking one for the team', last-ditch tackle in the first half was beautiful. One of his only contributions of note.

3. Forwards

Wood endured a frustrating afternoon | Pool/Getty Images

Chris Wood (ST) - 5/10 - His one good chance was well blocked by Bailly. Starved of service.

Ashley Barnes (ST) - 5/10 - Worked hard and tried to battle for possession in deep areas. Did not have much joy.

4. Substitutes

Dwight McNeil - 5/10 - Struggled to assert himself.

Matej Vydra - 6/10 - Added some vibrancy to the Burnley attack after coming on, however, was overexcited and snatched at his chances.

Jay Rodriguez - N/A


5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Maguiure had a goal ruled out in the first half | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) - 6/10 - Very little to do. Did not even make a save.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - 6/10 - Not caused any problems defensively. Was okay going forward.

Eric Bailly (CB) - 8/10 - Made several important blocks to keep the Clarets at bay. Very impressive stuff.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 7/10 - Denied a brilliant, headed goal by the referee before the break. Possibly fortunate to not be penalised for handball.

Luke Shaw (LB) - 7/10 - Previous decisions suggest he should have seen red for his first-half challenge. Whipped in a few dangerous balls, including the one for Maguire's disallowed goal.

6. Midfielders

Pogba's goal was a stunner | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Nemanja Matic (CM) - 7/10 - Kept things ticking over and offered protection on the rare occasions that Burnley countered.

Paul Pogba (CM) - 8/10 - When he drove through the lines, he was unplayable. His goal was superb as well.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - 6/10 - Some clever passes and turns in the second half after a slow start. Was a little too eager to shoot at times.

7. Forwards

Rashford provided the assist for Pogba's goal | Pool/Getty Images

Anthony Martial (RW) - 6/10 - Denied a great goal by Pope just before the break. Spurned a couple of half-chances thereafter. His late hamstring injury is a worry ahead of the Liverpool game.

Edinson Cavani (ST) - 6/10 - Failed to convert a straightforward opportunity just after the break. Was not his day in front of goal.

Marcus Rashford (LW) - 7/10 - Struggled to click with his teammates for much of the game but made up for it with a pinpoint cross that led to Pogba's goal.

8. Substitutes

Mason Greenwood - 6/10 - Not given enough time to get involved.

Scott McTominay - N/A

Axel Tuanzebe - N/A

Source : 90min