On the face of it, this was a poor result for Manchester United. Draws at home to teams from the wrong end of the Premier League do not generally take big clubs where they want to go.
While United had enjoyed the better chances in the first half, the second saw Burnley take the lead through a Barnes strike
Things got even worse with nine minutes to go when Burnley forward Wood evaded his marker to head in a second goal.
United went behind for the first time in Solskjaer’s reign as those inside Old Trafford were struggling to believe what they saw
Two goals to the good with three minutes of regulation time to go, Sean Dyche’s team should have won and would have done had Jeff Hendrick not fouled Jesse Lingard in the penalty area when he really didn’t have to.
It was soft but it was a penalty all the same. And when Paul Pogba swept in the kick, United swarmed all over Burnley like teams of yore.
Such was the ferocious, irresistable nature of the assault that followed, the only surprise was that Solskjaer’s team only scored one more.
By the end of five minutes of added time, Dyche’s players were hanging on like castaways clinging to a rock.
Victor Lindelof scored in the stoppage time to rescue a point for Manchester United against Burnley.
Forget for a moment the barren years of Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, this was a finale taken straight from the Sir Alex Ferguson play book.
Where it leaves United is in touching distance of the top four and, crucially, unbeaten under Solskjaer. As such they will head to Leicester on Sunday feeling like the wind is still at their backs.
At times like this, when things are so delicately balanced, it can just take a single goal to determine a mood, a direction of travel. By the season’s end, Victor Lindelof’s equaliser may yet feel like a very big goal indeed.
Certainly it was at odds with the general manner of United’s performance. Speed, tempo and purpose have characterised United’s football under Solskjaer. Here, these qualities were lacking against a Burnley team that was dogged but also ambitious and impressively clinical in front of goal.
In the first half, the best chances were United’s but there weren’t many. Marcus Rashford fluffed a very good opportunity after Romelu Lukaku played him in while Heaton saved brilliantly from Lukaku only for the Belgian to discover he was offside.
At the other end, there had been some moments of hope for Burnley, not least when Phil Jones was forced to clear the ball off Ashley Barnes’ toe in the 17th minute.
United needed to improve but by the time they did they were two down.
Heaton began the second half well with saves from Juan Mata and Pogba before Burnley pounced on a moment of hesitancy in the United half to steal the lead.
The crucial subsequent moment was the concession of the penalty. It was only a hand on Lingard’s shoulder from Hendrick but it was enough.
Pogba’s penalty was struck true and when five minutes of added time were signalled it was not hard to see where this game was heading.
Heaton still had time to contribute two more saves.
The first, from a Pogba curler, looked as though it may have won the game but when he dropped to save an Alexis Sanchez header at the far post in the 92nd minute, even he couldn’t prevent Lindelof smashing the equaliser in from just a yard.