The Clarets made a quick start, pressing the Manchester United defence to let the visitors know they intended to give them a tough game. Manchester United responded well and got a cross in front of Bracewell’s goal that ran to safety.
From here, both teams took turns the check the other’s defensive line. The chances came quickly as Katie Thomas threatened before play reverted, and Sammy Fleck headed clear in the Clarets box.
A Manchester United attack resulted in a corner, which the Clarets fail to clear and United’s Millie Turner capitalised with a towering header to open the scoring, 0-1.
Manchester United continue to pressure after the re-start, and as the Clarets tried to regroup, they come undone again as Ella Toone, the visitors’ top scorer this season, saw her powerful shot from distance arrow up into the roof of the net, 0-2.
Having played just 15 minutes, it became apparent it was going to be the difficult afternoon Burnley had expected as Manchester United continued to up the tempo and controlled much of the possession, constantly testing the Clarets backline.
With pace in abundance, Manchester United were proving too quick for the Clarets and soon added a third goal through Lucy Staniforth, when Bracewell was caught off her line, 0-3.
In the closing minutes of the first half Burnley were undone by another corner when a United ball was passed around in the area, before being slotted home by Amy Turner to make it 0-4 at the break.
With a mountain to climb in the second half, the opening minutes quickly brought another goal for the visitors as Kirsty Hanson slotted wide of Bracewell to make it 0-5.
The Clarets defended with determination as Manchester United made wave after wave in front of the Clarets box, posing a threat throughout.
Soon, Hanson was on hand to finish again and bag her second, after a ball from Sigsworth hit Bracewell’s bar with Hanson in the right place to head the rebound into the net, 0-6.
Manchester United made a triple substitution, with Press, Thorisdottir and Bourne replacing Sigsworth, Smith and Turner.
The visitors responded well to Burnley breaking forward, and were soon on the attack again.
The first change for Burnley came in the 65th minute as Dani Cooper made way for Nicola Shirtcliffe in a defensive change.
This was followed minutes later as Chloe Mapp replaced Katie Thomas upfront for Burnley, while the visitors made two further changes as Mary Earps made way for Fran Bentley and Carrie Jones replaced Ella Toone.
Mapp soon made an attack pushing forward, but found no joy with the United defence quick to block any shot.
Another Burnley change saw Kenedy Owen come on for Olivia Greenhalgh.
Burnley worked hard to keep the score from increasing, however a late attack saw United’s Staniforth hit the bar and Bracewell deny Jane Ross’s close-range effort moments before the full-time whistle.
Final score: Burnley FC Women 0 – 6 Manchester United Women
Burnley: Bracewell, Cooper (Shirtcliffe 65), Hope, Worthington, Bickett, Hamer, Priestley, Thomas (Mapp 72), Greenhalgh (Owen 75), Fleck Dykes
Subs not used: Brown, Rathburn, Wilson, Tobin, Rawstron, Gibbins
Manchester United: Earps (Bentley 70), Turner (Bourne 59), Toone (Jones 71), Sigsworth (Press 59), Zelem, Battle, Hanson, Ross, Smith (Thorisdottir 59), Turner, Staniforth
Subs not used: Groenen
Referee: Jane Simms