The Cottagers snatched a point at the Theatre of Dreams with a last gasp Darren Bent header, in a game that they had led for a large spell.
A Steve Sidwell goal was followed by a ‘backs to the wall’ display from the London club, who often had every one of their 11 players inside their own half to nullify the Premier League champion’s attacking threats.
As a result United opted to play down the flanks, and set a new Opta record for crosses in a single game, with 81 balls having been flung into the penalty box over the 90 minutes – eventually putting them 2-1 up with minutes to play.
Burn – the 6ft. 7” centre-back who cleared 22 of these – plied his trade outside of the Football League with Darlington not so long ago, and says that David Moyes’ side’s approach reminded him of his spell in the depths of the English game:
“I’ve never headed that many balls since the Conference,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“We knew that was going to happen and I was happy for them to play like that.
“I’m six foot seven. It helps when dealing with those sort of balls.
“When we started dropping further back we wanted to get more compact and make them play around us because we had the strength in numbers.
“Manchester United still have amazing players – on another day they could have scored more often but we defended really well.”