Manchester United vs Burnley: Match Preview, team news, and predicted line-ups

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Manchester United will be hosting Burnley this Friday. This fixture will take place at 1:45 am IST on 31st December at Old Trafford. Manchester United will play their 18th league match of the season. Whereas Burnley will play only their 16th league match of the season. Burnley will be back in action after their last three league matches got postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Manchester United are currently 7th in the Premier League table. They are 2 points behind Tottenham having played the same number of games. They have lost two crucial points after their 1-1 draw against Newcastle. The Red Devils will have to get the three points against Burnley if they want to be in the race for top four.

Manchester United Premier League form: D W W W D

Burnley have not been in action after their 0-0 draw against West Ham. As a result, they now have 4 games in hand and will look forward to use it as an advantage. With a win against United, they can get out of the relegation zone and Watford will be the team in trouble.

Burnley Premier League form before their matches got postponed: D D D L D

Team News

Manchester United vs Burnley: The Red Devils team news

Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani are likely to start as they impressed coming on from the bench against Newcastle. However, Rashford and Greenwood will potentially be dropped to the bench. Moreover, Paul Pogba will still be an absentee and Victor Lindelof will also miss the match as he was tested positive for coronavirus.

A huge miss will be Bruno Fernandes as he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Newcastle. Consequently, this makes some place in the lineup for Donny van de Beek to start. Moreover, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw are also fighting for their place in the lineup. However, Rangnick is expected to resist the urge to modify his midfield two or a defensive unit for Friday’s match

Manchester United possible starting line-up

David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Fred, Scott McTominay; Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek; Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani

Burnley vs Manchester United: The Clarets team news

Ashley Barnes and Connor Roberts are still unavailable for selection for Burnley. However, the Clarets have been able to reclaim Maxwel Cornet from injury, and the Ivorian should start. Dyche faces a dilemma whether to start Jack Cork or Josh Brownhill alongside Ashley Westwood.

Burnley is unlikely to make some changes at Old Trafford. Chris Wood will join Cornet in attack and Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dwight McNeil will play in the wide areas.

Burnley possible starting line-up

Nick Pope; Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Maxwel Cornet, Chris Wood

Our Predictions

Manchester United 2-1 Burnley

The Red Devils will now be motivated to pickup all the three points after a poor performance against Newcastle. Although Burnley had a good amount of rest, that could work against them as it did against United. Rangnick will want his team to get control of the game and create more chances which will lead Burnley to rely on breaks to threaten United.

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