MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Hopes for Manchester United's Champions League qualification were weakened on Wednesday by a 2-0 draw against Burnley in the Premier League as the Old Trafford fans raised their anger over the US owners of the Club.
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard has an attempt on goal. REUTERS / Phil Noble
Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez ensured Sean Dyches Burnley's victory on a night when United didn't look like a "Big Six" team.
United fans sang protest songs aimed at the Glazer family, which has owned the club since 2005, while their team fell to a second consecutive loss.
After the loss to leaders Liverpool on Sunday, when the club was criticized for not having made any new additions to the January transfer window, the United region is in crisis.
The club's decline since the departure of coach Alex Ferguson after his last Premier League title in 2013 shows no setbacks and the fans clearly blame Glazers and their managing director Ed Woodward more than coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, the Norwegian admitted that he was "responsible" for what happened on the field and admitted that it did not meet expectations.
"Tonight was not good enough for a Manchester United team. We have to hold up our hands and say it wasn't good enough," said Solskjaer, who is injured without key players Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, but with a few new faces hopes.
"We are working to improve and win the players and hope we can get something across the line. I think everyone can see these players being stretched, they are being stretched," he said.
Thousands of fans came from Old Trafford shortly before the game ended, while die-hard fans at the Stretford End decided to stay and make their feelings known.
In the 84th minute I saw people get up and go. This is unknown in this stadium. See people walking with contempt on their faces. It is an embarrassment. The downward spiral in seven years was remarkable, ”said former United defender Rio Ferdinand in his role as match expert for BT Sport.
The defeat leads United as fifth overall, six points behind Chelsea, who is currently fourth in the Champions League qualifier.
Wood gave Burnley a half volley in the 39th minute after Ben Mee put the ball on the New Zealand international's path after a simple free kick.
The Clarets, who moved up to 13th place, doubled their lead seven minutes after the break by striker Rodriguez, who shot into the top corner after a clever exchange with Wood.
United had ruled out Luke Shaw's header at the last minute for pushes, but had few clear chances when Burnley recorded his first win at Old Trafford since 1962.
"It's crazy. It's a great feeling. The boys were humming into the locker room," said Burnley-born Rodriguez.
"These are the moments that you work hard for. We stopped playing. We showed our qualities to hold the ball and hurt it.
“The two-goal pillow was good for the team. This result means everything, ”he added.
The Clarets, deserved winners, had slipped into relegation zone after four consecutive losses, but the win on Wednesday after winning third on Sunday in Leicester City has stabilized the ship.
Reporting by Simon Evans; Edited by Toby Davis and Christian Radnedge