Burnley 1 - 0 Manchester United
Premiership new boys Burnley recorded a shocking 1-0 victory over Manchester United in a midweek fixture at Turf Moor on a night when emotions ran high among fans and players alike.
Manchester United had an uncharacteristic off day and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will hope the result does not hurt them come the end of the season. Michael Owen started this game for the Red Devils and should have put his side ahead, but his goal was ruled off-side. Replays suggested the England striker had timed his run perfectly. These initial minutes were entirely controlled by United as Burnley struggled to create some balance on the field.
All that changed in the 19th minute when Robbie Blake brought the roof down at Turf Moor when he latched onto a Stephen Jordan cross and volleyed home past a hapless Ben Foster. The goal only increased Manchester United's attacks and Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen was kept busy throughout.
On 44 minutes, United won a penalty as Blake brought down Evra in the box. Michael Carrick stepped up to take the penalty, but Jensen was the hero saving comfortably.
After the break, United had plenty of possession, but failed to deliver finishing touches in most attacks. Wayne Rooney was joined in the attack by Antonio Valencia and Dimitar Berbatov, but the trio had no impact even as they tried hard to slip the ball past Jensen.
The win was the first one in top flight premiership football for Burnley since 1976 and showed the rest of the teams that they mean business here.
Tags: Premiership, Burnley, Manchester United, Robbie Blake, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney