Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Burnley

Manchester United welcome Burnley to Old Trafford on Sunday in a contrast of teams in different battles. United are looking to secure a Champions League spot while Burnley are dabbling very close to the relegation zone

Match Build Up:

United are looking to complete their first league double over Burnley since the 1975-76 campaign, following their 1-0 win at Turf Moor in the reverse fixture.

Burnley won this exact fixture 2-0 last season, last winning consecutive away league games against Man Utd back in September 1962.

Burnley are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games against Man Utd (W1 D3) – the only team to avoid defeat in five consecutive Premier League visits to Old Trafford is Chelsea, who did so in six consecutive games between 1994 and 1998.

The home side won three of the first four Premier League meetings between Man Utd and Burnley (D1) – since then, the home side has failed to win any of the nine meetings between the sides (D3 L6).

United have come from behind to win nine Premier League games this season – in the competition’s history, only Newcastle in 2001-02 (10) have won more having fallen behind.

Team News:

Marcus Rashford was left on the bench during Thursday’s second leg against Granada due to a slight fitness concern, but he is expected to recover in time to start this match.

That could mean that Mason Greenwood drops out of the starting XI again, despite scoring in both of his last two Premier League appearances.

United are without Anthony Martial until the end of the season after he suffered a sprained knee while away on international duty with France.

Edinson Cavani has stepped up to lead the line in his absence, though, and the Uruguayan’s form has led to more calls for him to extend his stay at the club.

Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire should return to the starting XI after missing out in midweek through suspension, while Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson – the latter of whom appears to have leapfrogged David de Gea as Solskjaer’s first-choice goalkeeper – will also be pushing for recalls.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are the only other injury concerns for the hosts.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

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

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