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Sweden SWE 1

South Korea KOR 0

REPORT

Belgium BEL 3

Panama PAN 0

REPORT

Tunisia TUN 1

England ENG 2

REPORT

Colombia COL 1

Japan JPN 2

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Poland POL 1

Senegal SEN 2

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Russia RUS 3

Egypt EGY 1

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Portugal POR

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Denmark DNK

Australia AUS

France FRA

Peru PER

Argentina ARG

Croatia CRO

Brazil BRA

Costa Rica CRI

Nigeria NGA

Iceland ISL

Serbia SRB

Switzerland SUI

Belgium BEL

Tunisia TUN

South Korea KOR

Mexico MEX

Germany GER

Sweden SWE

England ENG

Panama PAN

Japan JPN

Senegal SEN

Poland POL

Colombia COL

Saudi Arabia SAU

Egypt EGY

Uruguay URY

Russia RUS

Spain ESP

Morocco MAR

Iran IRN

Portugal POR

Denmark DNK

France FRA

Australia AUS

Peru PER

Iceland ISL

Croatia CRO

Nigeria NGA

Argentina ARG

Mexico MEX

Sweden SWE

South Korea KOR

Germany GER

Switzerland SUI

Costa Rica CRI

Serbia SRB

Brazil BRA

Senegal SEN

Colombia COL

Japan JPN

Poland POL

Panama PAN

Tunisia TUN

England ENG

Belgium BEL

Manchester United v Burnley - story of the match

Jesse Lingard came off the bench to strike twice and rescue a 2-2 draw for Manchester United against Burnley at Old Trafford.

A third-minute effort from Ashley Barnes and a brilliant Steven Defour free-kick had put the Clarets, who also hit the bar, on course for a stunning first away win over United for 55 years.

But while the final result may still prove another blow for United's faltering Premier League title challenge, Lingard spared his side's blushes by pulling one back and then levelling through a crowded box in injury time.

Tweet of the Match

"Burnley are 2 up at Old Trafford. Surprised? Well, on their only other Boxing Day meetings in the top flight, Burnley won all 3 (1921/59/63). #stat" - Gary Lineker‏ (@GaryLineker).

Star Man - Jesse Lingard

The introduction of Lingard undoubtedly improved United's attack. The England international was more dynamic than Zlatan Ibrahimovic and proved more adept at getting in the right place when it mattered. His first goal was a superb back-heeled finish and he might have had another before he fired the equaliser through a crowd of bodies.

Moment of the match

Beating David de Gea has proved an almost impossible task for many fine players but Defour did so with a brilliant curling free-kick before half-time. It was undoubtedly a sweet moment for the former Standard Liege and Anderlecht player, who saw hopes of a possible move to United evaporate after breaking a bone in his foot in 2009. At the time, then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wrote him a letter urging him not to be discouraged. He may not have expected the player to prove the point to him so close to home.

View from the bench

United manager Jose Mourinho showed his frustration after a number of decisions by referee Martin Atkinson but his own initial team selection was perhaps a mistake. United did have several chances in an open first half but Ibrahimovic looked laboured. The team were much more fluent after the introduction of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, especially, Lingard at half-time. His changes salvaged the game, but Mourinho will ultimately still be frustrated at the dropped points. Sean Dyche could have nothing but praise for his hard-working side, particularly the way in which they seized their early chances and defended stoically.

Ratings

Manchester United: David de Gea 6, Ashley Young 7, Phil Jones 6, Marcos Rojo 6, Luke Shaw 6, Paul Pogba 7, Nemanja Matic 7, Juan Mata 7, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5, Romelu Lukaku 5, Marcus Rashford 6. Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Ibrahimovic, 45) 8, Henrik Mkhitaryan (for Rojo, 45) 6

Burnley:

Nick Pope 8, Phil Bardsley 7, Kevin Long 7, Ben Mee 8, Charlie Taylor 7, Johann Berg Gudmundsson 7, Steven Defour 7, Jack Cork 6, Scott Arfield 7, Jeff Hendrick 7, Ashley Barnes 7. Substitutes: Sam Vokes (for Defour, 67) 6, Jonathan Walters (for Barnes, 81) 6.

Who's up next?

Manchester United v Southampton (Premier League, December 30)

Huddersfield v Burnley (Premier League, December 30)

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