Sports Mole previews Thursday’s Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Burnley, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Manchester United will return to win the Premier League when they welcome Burnley to Old Trafford Thursday night.
The Red Devils played a 1-1 draw against the struggling Newcastle United in the league on Monday night, but Burnley have not been in action since the 0-0 draw against West Ham United on 12 December.
Man United were back in action on Monday night against Newcastle after seeing their previous two matches against Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the camp.
The 20-time English champions were on the hunt for a fourth Premier League win in a row against the Magpies, but were forced to settle for one point in an overwhelming performance, which Edinson Cavani canceled an opener from Allan Saint-Maximin in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.
Man United have now picked up seven points from their three league games under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, but the German was critical of his team’s performance on Monday, and the Red Devils are now facing back-to-back home games against Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers on both sides of the new year.
The hosts are currently in seventh place in the table, seven points behind Arsenal in fourth place, but with two games left on the Gunners, while they are two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in sixth place on the same number of games behind. Antonio Contehis side was held in Southampton on Tuesday.
Man United have won their last two league games against Burnley, including a 3-1 success at Old Trafford last season, but the Clarets recorded a 2-0 win over Manchester during the 2019-20 campaign.
The Red Devils were able to blow the cobwebs away on Monday, but Burnley have not been in action since the 0-0 draw against West Ham on December 12, as their last three matches against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton have all been postponed due to COVID-19. outbreak.
As a result, the 18th-placed Clarets are in the incredible position of having four games in hand at both 19th-placed Newcastle and 20th-placed Norwich City, while they are only two points behind 17th-placed Watford and have two matches in hand at the Hornets.
Burnley have only won one of their 15 Premier League matches this season, but they have been beaten on just six occasions, which is the same as top-four challengers Arsenal and West Ham and only one more than Man United, who have little five leagues. defeats this period.
Sean Dyches team has back-to-back away games against Man United and Leeds United on both sides of the new year before meeting Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup on 8 January.
Burnley have only won once at Old Trafford in the Premier League, but they will hope to use their unplanned break in mid-season as an advantage, with the Red Devils battling long stages against Newcastle on Monday.
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Man United will again be without services from Paul pogba due to a thigh problem while Victor Lindelöf is absent as he has recently been tested positive for coronavirus.
Bruno Fernandes also missed here, where the Portuguese national team player gets his fifth yellow card in the campaign against Newcastle, which could open the door for Donny van de Beek to stress.
Jadon Sancho and Cavani impressed both from the bench against Newcastle and could now earn starts, with Murer Greenwood and Marcus Rashford potentially fall to the bench.
Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw is also in contention, but Rangnick is expected to resist the temptation to switch his midfield two or defensive unit to Thursday’s competition.
As for Burnley, Ashley Barnes and Connor Roberts remains unavailable for selection, but the break has allowed the Clarets to recover Maxwel Cornet from injury, and the Ivorian should be in the starting lineup.
There are no surprises expected in the away team’s XI, with Chris Wood joined Cornet in attack while Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dwight McNeil will play in the wide areas.
Dyche to choose from Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill to play next to Ashley Westwood in midfield, and the latter is expected to just get the nod at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s possible starting line-up:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Sancho, Van de Beek; Ronaldo, Cavani
Burnley’s possible starting line-up:
Pope; Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Grain, wood
We say: Manchester United 2-0 Burnley
One United’s poor performance against Newcastle could work against Burnley here as the Red Devils will be desperate to return to win. The visitors have had a long time to prepare for this match, but it could end up being a disadvantage and we expect Rangnick’s team to pick up all three points.
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