Monday, January 18, 2021

Burnley vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Line-up and Prediction

Manchester United is set to travel to Turf Moor stadium tomorrow to play their long-awaited game in hand against Burnley. Currently, the Reds have an equal number of points as league-leaders Liverpool (33) but they have to settle down for the second spot due to lower goal difference.

A draw or a win against Burnley will push the Reds to the top of the table. On the other side, Burnley sits at the 16th position on the table with 16 points but has two games in hand to play.

Both the teams are coming at the back of a win in their respective FA Cup clashes. Burnley defeated MK Dons with the aid of a penalty shootout whereas Man United recorded a narrow 1-0 victory against Watford.

Team News

Burnley: The Clarets will be hopeful that Nick Pope gets back to full fitness before the start of the game. If he is not able to, Sean Dyche will start Will Norris between the sticks. 

Burnley have reported four Covid-19 related cases, though, they haven’t listed out which player has been infected. Kevin Long, Charlie Taylor, Dwight McNeil, Jimmy Dunne and Jay Rodriguez are expected to miss tomorrow’s clash. Josh Brownhill and Ashley Westwood were not involved in their FA Cup’s clash against MK Dons but they should return to the team for this important game.

Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskaer made nine changes to his side which defeated Watford to qualify for the fourth round of FA Cup. Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba missed out the FA Cup tie due to injuries in back, hamstring and ankle respectively. Eric Bailly was forced off just before the half-time after clashing with goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Solskjaer updated in his pre-match conference that Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw completed today’s training season. They might be involved in the starting XI. On the other side, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly were not able to finish the session due to which we think they might miss the clash or start from the bench.

Edinson Cavani has served his three-game ban levied by FA. He will be available for the selection from tomorrow.

Expected Line-up

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes

Manchester United:  De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Van De Beek, Fernandes; Rashford, Martial

Will Van De Beek get a start?

Key Player to watch out

James Tarkowski – Burnley

Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have formed a dominant partnership at the back for Burnley. Many clubs like Leicester City and West Ham are rumoured to be interested in getting Tarkowski’s signature as the transfer windows continue. But, Burnley has done well to fend off the interest by putting a very high price tag. It will be interesting to see how the English defender performs against one of the best attacks across Europe.

Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United

The Portuguese midfielder has been the catalyst for Man United since his arrival in last January. Solskjaer will be hoping that Bruno Fernandes can forget his off game against Manchester City last week and continue providing goals and assists to the team. He already has 11 goals and 7 assists to his name.

Prediction

Burnley 1 – 3 Manchester United

Sean Dyche’s Burnley has been in fine form lately but Manchester United might have too much firepower for them. The Reds have been amazing on the road this season and they will be taking every chance to go on top of the table. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have one eye on Sunday’s trip to Anfield Stadium. Thus, if Manchester United can score some quick goals, we might see a few important players being subbed off in the latter part of the game.

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