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Superb tactical analysis of Man Utd v Burnley shows how Dyche outwitted Mourinho

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Manchester United's title hopes took another massive blow when they were held to a shock 2-2 draw at home to Sean Dyche's Burnley on Boxing Day.

Jose Mourinho's side now lie 15 points behind rivals Manchester City after suffering back-to-back draws against Leicester and Burnley.

The Red Devils found themselves 2-0 down at half-time on Boxing Day, after goals from Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour.

Subbed on at half-time, Jesse Lingard continued his fine goalscoring form with a brace to earn United a point at Old Trafford.

Lingard, who scored the equaliser in the 91st minute, praised his side's "fighting spirit" in the aftermath of the disappointing draw.

"If we had played for another five or 10 minutes, we would have won the game,’ he told MUTV.

"I thought we could nick it towards the end but obviously time ran out and now we look forward to the next game [against Southampton].

"We always have that fighting spirit, that never-give-up attitude and we’ll see where it gets us."

Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League

Manchester United host struggling Southampton on Saturday, desperate to get back to winning ways.

Tactical analysis of Burnley v Man Utd

Burnley have already taken points away at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool this season - and the YouTube video below brilliantly explains how they succeeded at Old Trafford.

Sean Dyche, dubbed the 'Ginger Mourinho', outwitted the famous Portuguese coach with his shrewd tactics.

It's no wonder the Clarets are flying high in 7th under Dyche's auspices. 

Speaking to reporters after the shock 2-2 draw, Mourinho refused to criticise his players to reporters.

"Obviously, it's a bad result for us," said the former Chelsea boss. "We are never happy with a draw - especially in a match where we are so dominant, but that's the reality."

"The boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine. I say, in the last two matches, we had 15 chances to score and we conceded three goals and an amazing free-kick so the boys do what they can.

Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League

"They are trying hard, with problems as we have injuries, but we have the boys fighting hard.

"I'm not happy with the result and I wasn't happy with the result against Leicester of course, but I'm happy with my players. No criticism to my players."

Their title hopes look over but the Red Devils may get dragged into the battle for top four if they don't return to winning ways soon.

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