Manchester United proved they can live without the injured duo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic Marcus Rojo on Sunday, beating Burnley 2-0 in a typically dominant display at Turf Moor .
First-half goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney was enough to see all three points return to Old Trafford, a result that sees United go just one point behind local-rivals Manchester City in fourth.
Burnley were forced to make a change up-front with Sam Vokes failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time, Andre Gray took his place in an otherwise unchanged side from the one that lost 3-1 at Everton.
United, meanwhile, made eight changes to the side that faced Anderlecht on Thursday night, with only Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard retaining their place in the starting line-up.
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The visitors started on the front-foot, forcing Burnley's Tom Heaton into an early save after Wayne Rooney found space to prod the ball towards goal from six yards out.
United continued to put pressure on Burnley with Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney coming close once again to breaking the deadlock, but Heaton was up to the early challenge.
Burnley slowly grew back into the game 20 minutes after the start, only to be caught off guard by a typical Manchester United flowing counter-attack; Anthony Martial used his pace to break away from Burnley's midfield, spreading the ball out to Ander Herrera who returned the favour with a pin-point first time pass, which Martial tapped in to bag his fourth Premier League goal of the season.
Sean Dyche's side biggest threat came from set-pieces and centre-half Ben Mee came close to scoring twice from whipped in deliveries from Robbie Brady.
But United's quality eventually prevailed again before the break and it was Anthony Martial causing the Burnley defence all sorts of problems. The Frenchman got in behind the Clarets defence once again, having his one-on-one shot saved by Heaton but the rebound landed straight at the feet of Wayne Rooney, who made no mistake from five yards to make it 2-0.
Half-time: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
Both sides came out for the second-half unchanged but it was the visitors who continued to look like the most likely to score a third goal.
Burnley looked depleted and devoid of confidence in the second-half, failing to inflict any damage on United's defence or goal.
This fell right into the visitor's hands as they were happy to hold onto the 2-0 scoreline having played 120 minutes against Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Marcus Rashford provided a real test for the tired legs of Burnley's defenders after coming on for first-half hero Anthony Martial, but former United man Michael Keane stood up well to the academy star.
Record-signing Paul Pogba came within inches of scoring a thunderbolt two minutes from the end, whacking a low drive just inches wide of Tom Heaton's right post.
Full time: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
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