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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Burnley

Manchester United vs Burnley | Premier League | Old Trafford | KO: 20:15 GMT

Having waited a fortnight to watch our beloved Reds play, Manchester United’s performance vs Newcastle underwhelmed us all. Seven points from a possible nine under Ralf Rangnick is by no means a bad return all factors considering but the issue for most fans is the lack of convincing performances.

A return to Old Trafford should buoy the Rangnick’s men as they host Burnley looking to get back to winning ways.

How do Manchester United look?

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As per the busy festive period, the quick turnaround means that United’s squad looks pretty much the same going into the Burnley game. However, the short break between games will likely see some rotation.

Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho were both introduced at Half time vs Newcastle with the latter scoring the equaliser. Cavani’s 45 minutes impressed as he showed a dynamism the game lacked. Rangnick was full of praise for the 34-year-old:

“In some situations, including the goal we scored, we were good. Edinson has two other good chances to score and with him, we had another striker who was dangerous in front of goal.” Rangnick said.

Bruno Fernandes’s accumulation of yellow cards means the Portuguese will be suspended. Victor Lindelof has been ruled out due to a positive COVID-19 test.

One head-scratcher that Rangnick has in terms of team selection is in central defence. Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane’s display in the North East prompted the club to recall Eric Bailly who was preparing to travel for AFCON. It would be hard to believe the Ivorian would have willingly cut short his preparations to fill a bench role, meaning Bailly will likely play some part.

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The full-backs could also do with some rotation with Luke Shaw returning to contention following a concussion and Aaron Wan-Bissaka recovering from his knock vs Atalanta.

Many fans have called for the dropping of Marcus Rashford following some sub-par performances so keep an eye out for Rangnick’s decision.

Opposition: Burnley

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Burnley sit in the relegation zone but have at least two games in hand over the sides around them. The Clarets’ recent games have been far from exciting having drawn four of their last five fixtures, and with only one win this season United are the overwhelming favourites.

Sean Dyche will be encouraged by the return of their talisman Maxwel Cornet. The Ivorian has contributed to five goals in nine appearances for Burnley so he is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Key Stats

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Manchester United have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games against Burnley (W8 D4), going down 2-0 at Old Trafford in January 2020.

Manchester United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League home games, shipping 22 goals in the process. However, that clean sheet did come in their last such game at Old Trafford, a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace earlier this month.

Prediction

Manchester United 1-0 Burnley

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