Manchester United defeat Burnley in the last match before the new year

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a fourth goal in his last five Premier League games to help Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 on Thursday for their biggest win with newly hired coach Ralf Rangnick.

Ronaldo scored the third of United’s goals in the first half, and entered an empty net in the 35th minute after Scott McTominay’s long-range shot was hit the post by Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

McTominay, with a shot from the edge of the box and an own goal from Ben Mee, put United on the road to victory to rebound from a disappointing performance in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Monday.

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Aaron Lennon capped an entertaining first-half as he found the net with a shot to the far corner to cut the deficit to 38 with his first goal since September 2018.

By then, United had done enough to secure a third win in four league games with Rangnick and climb ahead of Tottenham to sixth place.

United are still 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, having played two fewer games.

It was Burnley’s first game since December 12, having seen matches against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton postponed since then due to outbreaks of COVID-19 in opponents’ squads.

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

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