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Manchester United vs Burnley – Premier League Preview

Manchester United vs Burnley - Premier League Preview
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Manchester United will look to solidify their grip on second place as we take on Burnley at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. We will kick off at 16:00PM BST. The game can be watched live on Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 15:30PM.

Burnley has been somewhat our bogey team on home soil in recent years and United are wanting to amend that record with a victory. In fact, the home side has not won any of the last nine meetings between the clubs. The Red Devils have not done a league double over the Clarets since the 1975/76 season. We have to be wary of the threat posed by the visitors despite the differences in places within the table.

Manchester United lost 2-0 Burnley at Old Trafford in the Premier League last season
Manchester United lost 2-0 to Burnley in the home fixture last season in what was such a disappointing night at Old Trafford. Image credit: Premier League Twitter

United will be tagged as favourites going into the fixture. We will want to come away with a fifth consecutive league victory. This is something that has not happened since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær first arrived at the club when we won the first six league games.

Strengthening our grip on second place

We achieved a great win last weekend over Tottenham beating them 3-1 despite conceding the first goal again. Solskjær got one over our former manager Jose Mourinho. A war of words ensure after the game when Edinson Cavani’s goal was ruled out for a foul on Son Heung-min. Further fuel has been added to the fire this week with Paul Pogba’s criticism of Mourinho. Ole will just be looking for the team to do their talking on the pitch now.

The victory over Spurs was the ninth time that the Red Devils have had to come from behind to win a league game. Only Newcastle United in the 2001/02 season had produced more comeback victories in top-flight history. We have achieved 28 points from losing positions this season. If we had not achieved those points, then United would be sitting 14th in the table, just a couple of points above our opponents Burnley.

A win on Sunday would lift United 12 points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with six games of the Premier League season left to play. The only teams left inside the top six that United face in this run-up are Liverpool and Leicester City. The position we are currently in mean that the job of securing second place should be comfortable.

As we head towards the end of the season, we still remain in the hunt for the Europa League trophy. We reached the semi-finals of the competition on Thursday evening after beating Granada 2-0 on home soil after winning by the same scoreline in the away leg.

Edinson Cavani celebrating his goal in our 2-0 win against Granada in the Europa League quarter-final second-leg tie. Image credit: Unknown

Manchester United Team News

The fitness of Marcus Rashford will be assessed before the game. He has been nursing a knock to his foot. Rashford had been on the bench for the game against Granada. However, he was not required as we saw out the victory. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was asked in the pre-match press conference about the possibility of the United forward being in the starting eleven. He said, “I have got to hope he can be available. That is the decision I have got to make so fingers crossed.

Marcus Rashford
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If Rashford proves his fitness in time, it may see Mason Greenwood dropped down to the bench, despite him scoring in his last two Premier League outings. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay missed the Granada game through suspension should return to the starting eleven.

Eric Bailly might be in the squad for the first time in a month. He had returned from international duty after testing positive for covid-19. Anthony Martial and Phil Jones remain out through injury.

Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup

Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba, and Cavani.

United's Predicted Lineup Against Burnley
United’s Predicted Lineup Against Burnley

Opposition Preview

Burnley arrives at Old Trafford after losing 2-1 against Newcastle United on home soil last weekend. Previous to that the Clarets threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against Southampton. These two defeats mean they have only won one of the last eight games in the Premier League. Although, they have had four draws in that time that have kept them above the relegation zone.

For manager Sean Dyche, he will know that they are not quite secure of their top-flight status just yet. They have a seven-point lead over Fulham. If they were to achieve five points from their remaining seven games, then they should be safe.

The Clarets have a good record at Old Trafford in recent seasons and so will have a bit of confidence to come and nick all three points from us. They have had wins against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton in the Premier League this season.

Their away record this season has not been that good. In the top-flight, only two other teams have picked up less points away from home than Burnley.

Burnley Team News

For our opponents, Burnley could be without goalkeeper Nick Pope for a second consecutive game as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Manager Sean Dyche said it will be touch and go if he proves his fitness in time. Dwight McNeil is also a doubt for the United game. Ashley Barnes, Robbie Brady, and Kevin Long are out through injury. Jay Rodriguez has returned and could feature in the attack.

Predicted score

The fact is that United cannot ignore the recent record that Burnley has had at Old Trafford. However, we are in a good run of form at the moment and Champions League qualification for next season is within our grasp.

Manchester United 3-1 Burnley

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