'Beast' revels in taming of red giant at Turf Moor

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Brian Jensen – "The Beast" to Burnley fans – is a cult hero at Turf Moor but the Danish goalkeeper who saved Michael Carrick's penalty on Wednesday night is also a Manchester United fan.

The 34-year-old admitted that he "did not have a clue" which way Carrick was likely to hit his 43rd-minute penalty in United's 1-0 defeat to Burnley because the only United penalty-taker he had ever seen was the departed Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I had no idea whatsoever because for the last couple of years it has been Ronaldo taking penalties," Jensen said. "When he stepped up to the ball I was surprised because they have got [Michael] Owen, they have got [Wayne] Rooney and everybody else. When I read in the programme that their 'star man' was Rooney I thought they all qualified to be star men because of their quality.

"But with the penalty it was just instinct. Mind games was not the key to it. Maybe United had an off day but we have done well and asked them questions. How many times have you seen United play badly in the last decade and still get the result?

"Being a United fan it's a dream come true. To get three points is even better. We have always known that, if we play to our standards, then we have a chance against anybody and we proved that against United."

Manchester United's assistant manager Mike Phelan – who was outed as a Burnley fan by Alastair Campbell in his matchday programme column – admitted that United had a problem in front of goal. Phelan said: "We were disappointing in front of goal, that is for sure. We should have done a lot better and it is something we have to correct – and correct quickly."