Manchester United haven’t exactly set the world alight since Ralf Rangnick took over as manager on an interim basis. The Red Devils have not yet been beaten in their three Premier League matches under the German, but were uninspiring in victories over Crystal Palace and Norwich and were held to a draw by 19th placed Newcastle last time out.
The top four chase is far from over for a United side that sit just seven points behind current incumbents Arsenal with two games in hand, but they’ll need to find a way for their attacking talents to gel quickly if they’re to be more consistent in the second half of the season.
The visitors to Old Trafford on Thursday night are a Burnley side who currently occupy 18th place – making this the third consecutive team in the bottom three that United have faced. Their recent record however suggests that the Clarets may be more difficult to overcome even than Norwich and Newcastle as they have lost just one of their last six in the Premier League.
Admittedly, that run has only included one victory too as Sean Dyche’s men have played out four draws in their last six league games. The Lancashire outfit have been affected by postponements due to COVID and the weather this month and this would only be their second match since December 4th.
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Man Utd vs Burnley: Match Stats
Burnley have actually committed fewer fouls in total than any other team in the Premier League this season with 146. Even when that’s averaged out per game, Manchester United commit 10.88 fouls per game in comparison to Burnley’s 9.73. No Clarets’ player has given away more than 14 fouls so far this season whereas five United players have given away more than that.
Don’t expect too many goals here. All four of United’s games in all competitions have seen Under 2.5 goals since Rangnick took the reins, while a total of just one goal has been scored across Burnley’s last three games.
18 April 2021 – Man Utd 3-1 Burnley – Premier League
12 January 2021 – Burnley 0-1 Man Utd – Premier League
22 January 2020 – Man Utd 0-2 Burnley – Premier League
28 December 2019 – Burnley 0-2 Man Utd – Premier League
02 September 2018 – Burnley 0-2 Man Utd – Premier League
United have lost just one of their last 13 meetings with the Clarets, winning eight of those games. The last match between the sides came in April of this year when a Mason Greenwood brace helped the Red Devils to secure a 3-1 win.