Manchester United are coming off an impressive win over Stoke City this past Monday, and they will try to build on that performance when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Red Devils will travel to take on a one of the biggest surprises of the season, although they currently are on a poor run of form. Jose Mourinho’s men will try to take advantage of that, knowing that a win could potentially put them a bit closer to Manchester City on what still seems to be a one-team title race. The game starts at 15:00 BST, and
Manchester United have been getting healthier over the past few weeks. As a result, there should not be many absentees ahead of this game.
Daley Blind will miss on Saturday’s contest after picking up an injury, as Mourinho confirmed the Dutchman suffered “a little problem” during the week. Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain on the list of long-term absentees. Meanwhile, Ashley Young will return following a three-game absence due to suspension. It will be interesting to see who gets the nod at left-back considering Luke Shaw’s recent form.
On Burnley’s end there will be a few absentees as well. Jonathan Walters has undergone knee surgery and is out for the next eight weeks. Chris Wood and Stephen Ward (both knee) are still out, but Scott Arfield (hamstring) has a chance of returning.
Manchester United’s started the New Year on great form, as they have won their last three games across all competitions and have registered two consecutive clean sheets at the Premier League level. As a result, they are in sole possession of the second place in the standings and while they still are 12 points behind Manchester City on the title race, they remain alive no matther what.
Burnley not been very good of late. The team might rank seventh in the standings, but they are five points behind Arsenal so they won’t move up any further even if they defeat The Red Devils. Their recent form should be a cause for concern, however, as they have failed to win in their last five EPL matches. Burnley are also riding a two-game losing streak following their defeats against Liverpool and Crystal Palace.
These two sides met earlier this season and the game ended 2-2. Jesse Lingard was the hero for United in that game, as he scored a brace coming off the bench to save a point for United at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have kicked off 2018 with two straight wins at the league level, and they are also getting healthier at the right time. Considering they have been playing better of late and adding the fact that Burnley are struggling of late, United should not have problems to secure three more points at home.
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