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Burnley vs Manchester United preview, predictions and possible XIs

By Oliver Young-Myles

Burnley vs Manchester United preview, predictions and possible XIs

Published: 19:12, 27 December 2019 | Updated: 11:45, 29 December 2019

Manchester United will head to Turf Moor to play Burnley in good spirits following their exhilarating 4-1 victory against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been delighted to see his youthful front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all find the net in one of United’s best attacking performances this season.

Having raced into a 4-1 lead by the 51st minute, Solskjaer even had the opportunity to withdraw both Rashford and Martial early with Saturday’s game against Burnley firmly in mind.

Sean Dyche, meanwhile, needs a positive reaction from his side at Turf Moor after they were beaten 1-0 by Everton at Goodison Park on Boxing Day courtesy of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late header.

When is Burnley vs. Manchester United and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Turf Moor

Date: Saturday, 28 December 2019

Kick-off: 7.45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport with coverage starting at 7.00 PM.

Last five meetings: Burnley vs. Manchester United

29 Jan 2019: Manchester United 2-2 Burnley (Premier League)

02 Sep 2018: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United (Premier League)

20 Jan 2018: Burnley 0-1 Manchester United (Premier League)

26 Dec 2017: Manchester United 2-2 Burnley(Premier League)

23 Apr 2017: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Burnley (DLLDL) 6-10 Manchester United (DWWDW)

Ones to watch

Burnley: Dwight McNeil

Dwight McNeil has been a key source of creativity for Burnley this season.

Dwight McNeil has been a key source of creativity for Burnley this season.

Dwight McNeil was on the books at Manchester United as a youngster before making the move to Burnley in 2014 and it is a switch that has worked out well for him given his rise over the past 18 months.

The 20-year-old has made the left-wing role his own over the past couple of seasons and has emerged as Burnley’s creator-in-chief from both open-play and set-piece situations.

McNeil, who has been invited to train with Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad in recent international meetings, has registered four assists from 26 chances created this season.

Key stat: Three of McNeil’s four assists this season have been for Chris Wood, a total only bettered in the division by Emi Buendia to Teemu Pukki (four).

Manchester United: Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial scored twice as Manchester United beat Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Anthony Martial scored twice as Manchester United beat Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Anthony Martial barely had a kick during United’s dismal 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend, but he was right in the thick of the action against Newcastle, scoring twice and rattling the post.

The Frenchman will have been disappointed to have been substituted while on a hat-trick in that game but given his various fitness-related issues this season, Solskjaer was wise to give him a rest.

Martial has scored six times in the Premier League this season and will be confident of boosting his tally against a Burnley side that has conceded four goals against Manchester City and five to Spurs in recent weeks.

Key stat: Anthony Martial has been directly involved in nine league goals for Manchester United this season (six goals, three assists), directly contributing to a goal every 113 minutes.

Team news


Ben Gibson is expected to be absent due to a recent groin problem while Aaron Lennon is also a slight doubt after suffering from an illness over the Christmas period.

Ashley Barnes was named on the bench and came on as a substitute during the Boxing Day defeat to Everton, but he could be back in the starting XI at Jay Rodriguez’s expense.

Predicted XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Guðmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood

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Manchester United

Scott McTominay was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches following Manchester United’s Boxing Day win against Newcastle United and the club are concerned that the Scotland international has suffered knee ligament damage.

The 22-year-old’s absence could lead to Paul Pogba’s inclusion with the Frenchman having come on as a substitute in United’s last two games against Watford and Newcastle.

Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe are all out injured. Solskjer could rotate his forward options by recalling Daniel James and Jesse Lingard to his starting XI.

Predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Pogba, Fred; James, Lingard, Rashford; Martial

Squawka prediction

Manchester United have struggled on the road this season, winning only two of their nine away games in Premier League, although one of those victories was against rivals Manchester City.

Nevertheless, United’s vulnerabilities were exposed against Watford last time out when they were outclassed by the relegation candidates at Vicarage Road and that game will give Burnley plenty of encouragement.

Burnley will look to make things difficult against their visitors at Turf Moor following a disappointing defeat to Everton and a draw could, therefore, be on the cards in this one.

Scoreline prediction: Burnley 1-1 Manchester United


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