Burnley vs Manchester United PreviewNathan Best
Manchester United will be hoping to put the FA Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough behind them, as they travel to Turf Moor to take on bottom of the league Burnley on Tuesday.
The Red Devils are currently occupying a top-four position with a game in hand over West Ham United while struggling Burnley are bottom with several games in hand over their nearest rivals.
The Clarets missed out on the opportunity to move off the bottom of the table at the weekend as they were held to a goalless draw against Watford. Burnley have only won one league season. Dyche’s side has won one, drawn 10 and lost eight of their 19 league games and have collected 13 points.
Burnley have two games in hand on both Newcastle United and Watford, so the panic stations have not quite hit yet. The home side sold Chris Wood to Newcastle United during the January transfer window but replaced him through Wout Weghorst. Weghorst made his debut against Watford.
Burnley have lost each of their last three games with Manchester United, including a 1-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture last season. Their last home game against Manchester United which resulted in a victory was in 2009 thanks to Robbie Blake.
Manchester United meanwhile, moved into the fourth position in the Premier League table before the winter break, with Marcus Rashford securing the win for Ralf Rangnick’s side. A win on Tuesday will be the third straight league win for United.
The Champions League is the only silverware realistically available to United this season as the side is preparing to take on Atletico Madrid. Before that tie, games against Burnley, Leeds United, Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion await them.
United are far from secure in the top four race, with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur having games in hand over Rangnick’s side.
Burnley will have Josh Brownhill back from suspension. The midfielder missed the last game against Watford. Matej Vydra and Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be missing for Sean Dyche. Ashley Barnes and Charlie Taylor could also be unavailable for selection.
Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes are expected to overcome their knocks from the game against Middlesbrough, while Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani are expected to make a return. Victor Lindelof remains a doubt through illness.