Manchester United is consistently a powerhouse in the English Premier League. This season was supposed to be business as usual even after losing world class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. That was until they faced Burnley this week. Burnley held Man U scoreless at their home field of Turf Moor and won the game 1-0. Burnley has the lowest payroll in the league and had not been up to the Premier League since 1976. This is the equivalent of a Triple A baseball team taking down the Yankees.
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Burnley have just beaten Manchester United 1-0 at Turf Moor. The season is five days old, but this will go down as one of its great upsets. Burnley have the lowest wage bill in the league, haven’t seen First Division football since 1976, were fifth in the Championship last season, and play in a stadium that seats 22,000 people and includes a stand named after a local minibus salesman. They were utterly overrun by Manchester United, but held on, after Robbie Blake gave them the lead, thanks to a hailstorm of last-ditch defending and a goalkeeping performance by Brian Jensen (who blocked a Michael Carrick penalty at one point) that was like a bass guitarist shoving aside the lead and playing a solo that tore the roof off the building.