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27 Dec

Lingard spares Man Utd s blushes

Substitute Jesse Lingard scored twice as Manchester United came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.  Ashley Barnes turned home as United failed to clear a Johann Berg Gudmundsson's free-kick after three minutes, and Steven Defour made it 2-0 before half-time with a superb, curling free-kick from well outside the box.

Half-time substitute Lingard missed a sitter from close range, before flicking home brilliantly to halve the deficit (53).  Lingard then drew United level in the first minute of stoppage time with a half-volley to earn a point for the hosts, and deny Burnley their first win at Old Trafford since 1962.

The result means United, without a win in three in all competitions, are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, who play at Newcastle on Wednesday, while Burnley stay seventh.