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“We recently played a match against Burnley which the fans don’t know about. But I was disappointed with the performance of these specific players. I don’t know whats wrong with them because they are getting worse as each day passes by.”- Five senior players featured for Man Utd in embarrassing behind-closed-doors friendly defeat faces Manchester United Exit as they gave Erik ten Hag mo choice.

In an unexpected turn of events, Manchester United’s senior squad faced a surprising loss in a friendly match against Burnley. The match, held at United’s Carrington training center, saw Vincent Kompany’s team secure a 3-1 victory. This defeat marks the second time this season that Burnley has bested United in a friendly encounter, previously winning 3-0 in August. Currently positioned 19th in the league, Burnley struggles in the Premier League, trailing five points from safety with only 12 points from 21 games.


The inclusion of five key Manchester United players in the friendly lineup, including Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, and Antony, raises concerns among fans regarding the team’s performance. Despite their presence, Burnley managed to secure a convincing win. Notably, Brazilian winger Antony scored United’s lone goal from a penalty spot. Additionally, Amad Diallo made an appearance, despite rumors of a potential loan departure following his recovery from a knee injury suffered last summer.


However, amidst the alarming defeat, United supporters can find solace in the primary purpose of the friendly match, which aimed to aid the returning players in regaining match fitness. Maguire, Shaw, and Martinez, who have faced extended spells on the sidelines due to various injuries, utilized the game to build their fitness levels. Casemiro, who had been on the bench in previous matches, also benefited from valuable playing time against Burnley.


Despite facing criticism for the team’s struggles, manager Erik ten Hag’s challenges in managing a squad plagued by frequent injuries cannot be overlooked. Following the defeat, United’s focus shifts to competitive action as they prepare to face League Two side Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

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