United maintain impressive record versus Burnley; Van Persie reaches season landmark

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Following Manchester United's 3-1 Premier League victory over Burnley at Old Trafford, we bring you all the best Opta Stats.

Manchester United climbed up to third in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Sean Dyche's rather unfortunate Burnley side on Wednesday evening.

Despite finding themselves under intense pressure for long spells, the Red Devils were ahead at the halfway stage thanks to a brace from substitute Chris Smalling, either side of a Danny Ings diving header.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure throughout the second period, but Robin van Persie ensured three points from the penalty spot in the closing stages.

Here are the top five statistics from Wednesday evening's encounter, courtesy of Opta:

1 - Man United have now lost just 1 of their last 18 games in all competitions, a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

99 - Following Sam Allardyce's criticism of the Red Devil's playing style last weekend, the emphasis over the coming games will likely be the club's passing stats. They attempted 99 long balls versus Burnley, completing 61% of them.

  MatchTotal PassesPass Accuracy (%)Total Long BallsLong Ball % of Total Passes
Man Utd West Ham vs Man Utd - 08.02.2015 414 77 86 21%
Burnley Man Utd vs Burnley - 11.02.2015 367 74 74 20%
Man Utd Man Utd vs Burnley - 11.02.2015 511 82 99 19%

10 - Robin van Persie has now scored 10+ Premier League goals for Manchester United in all three seasons he's been at the club. The Dutchman hit double figures for the campaign with his one and only attempt on Wednesday evening. 

22 - Chris Smalling scored 22 seconds after replacing Phil Jones as a substitute in the fifth minute. Only Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (8 secs vs Spurs) has scored a faster Premier League goal off the bench this season.

  Robin van PersieWayne RooneyJuan MataFalcaoÁngel Di MaríaMarouane FellainiChris Smalling
Position FW MF MF FW MF MF DF
Goals 10 8 5 4 3 3 3
Chance Conversion (%) 17 19 26 14 6 16 27
Appearances 23 21 20 16 17 14 14

3 - Smalling has now scored 3 English top flight goals this season, just one fewer than Radamel Falcao. The Englishman recorded two shots versus Burnley, scoring from both these attempts. 

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