Manchester United defeat Burnley in last match before New Year

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a fourth goal in his last five Premier League games to help Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 on Thursday for his biggest win under newly appointed manager Ralf Rangnick.

Ronaldo grabbed the third of United’s goals in the first half and knocked into an empty net in the 35th minute after Scott McTominay’s long-range shot was tipped onto the post by Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

With a curling shot from the edge of the box and an own goal by Ben Mee, McTominay had put United on a winning course to come back from a disappointing display in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Monday.

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Aaron Lennon ended an entertaining first half by finding the net with a shot in the far corner to reduce the deficit in the 38th with his first goal since September 2018.

By then, United had done enough to secure a third win in four league games under Rangnick and climb over Tottenham to a sixth-place finish.

United are still 19 points behind leaders Manchester City after playing two games fewer.

It was Burnley’s first match since December 12, after seeing matches against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton postponed since then due to COVID-19 outbursts in the opposing team.

It was Ronaldo’s 14th goal in all competitions for United this season.

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