It was a youthful team that included nine players who made their debut and James Wilson was captain on the night.
Burnley made the match very difficult with their organisation from the very first minute. Wilson did some great work down the right wing and got the ball into Josh Harrop but his shot was blocked. After that though the home side took control and dominated the early stages.
Later in the first half, there was a claim for handball after the ball hit off Sean Goss‘ arm in the United penalty area but the midfielder had no chance to get out of the way and the referee allowed play to continue. Harrop was sent through on goal but the official flagged for offside in a tight call.
There were no changes at half time but the game was end to end after the restart. Wilson, who hadn’t seen a lot of the ball, pounced on a bad ball from Andreas Pereira and carved out an opportunity for himself but the angle was tight and his shot was wide of the post.
Burnley were the better team and looked more likely to score when Pereira got on the ball, made space for himself and struck a lovely shot from 20 yards out which gave the Burnley keeper no chance. It was a great goal from Pereira in an otherwise quiet game for him.
Sean Goss attempted to extend the lead with a couple of long range efforts but unfortunately his shots were wide of the target.
United’s second goal was also fantastic. It was James Wilson this time with a beautiful solo goal. He won the ball near the halfway line and then went on a powerful run through the Burnley defence. He rounded the keeper and scored.
Burnley then stepped up the pressure bringing on their top goal scorer. United were forced to defend for most of the remainder of the match and did their job very well, keeping a clean sheet in the process.
There were many United players who’ll probably be disappointed with their performances despite the win but they will have a chance to remedy that in the next round which will be an away tie at either Leicester or Rotherham.
In his interview with MUTV after the game Paul McGuinness expressed his relief at getting through in to the next round of the FA Youth Cup.
“We were fortunate to get through. Burnley did well.,” he said.
Manchester United: J. Pereira, Janko, C. Evans, McConnell, Barber, Harrop, Goss, Willock, Redmond (A. Fletcher 65′). A. Pereira, Wilson. Unused Substitutes: Henderson, Mitchell, Borthwick-Jackson, Rashford.
Credit to @ManUtdGIFs for the goals.