Now United are at risk of falling out of second place as well, and they can ill-afford to drop any more points right now with Jose Mourinho's old club Chelsea nipping at their heels. The big historical clubs are normally punished in the market because of that history.
Understandably frustrated with what has become a dire Christmas period, Mourinho was honest in his post-match press conference, bemoaning his transfer funds to date in comparison to Manchester City's. But the boys did fine. You think they are not as big as we are? They are trying hard with the injuries we have.
"My verdict? One team had one-and-a-half shots and scored two goals".
"But if you talk about direct objective, pragmatic and play with their strength, I think they are very very good".
United were camped in the Burnley half for most of the second stanza as they pushed for the equaliser.
He also said that while United remain a "big club" they were no longer one of the best teams in the world.
Upfront, Romelu Lukaku is the straightforward choice to be the focal point of the Manchester United attack, and the Belgian will look to add to his ten Premier League goals on Tuesday after playing a rather creative role against the Foxes.
"I'm not just talking about the privileged runs with six days to recover and enjoy and to prepare but ones with a little bit more than us", Mourinho told Sky Sports.
At the break, the coach brought in Jesse Lingard, eager to show his manager than he is worth more than a sub in this squad. Speaking after the game, Mourinho pointed towards the way Pep Guardiola secured all of his transfer targets easily over the summer with the supreme financial backing of the Manchester City board.
'The only frustration, a couple of decisions went against us, ' Sean Dyche said. 'You say seven points from 15, I say last two matches we had 15 chances to score and we conceded three "S" [s***] goals and an awesome free-kick.
"We knew we had another 45 minutes to play so we had to be patient, keep moving the ball, moving Burnley about, and eventually we created two clear-cut chances which we scored from. You think Real Madrid are not as big as we are?" the Portuguese coach said.