Starting XI Prediction: Rashford and Martial to both start against Burnley; Bailly and Lindelof in defence?

Manchester United will entertain Burnley at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. It will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ninth match in charge of United and after winning the last eight matches, he will be looking to win this one. This is the final match of January and it will lead United into February where they will face Leicester City (A), Fulham (A), Paris Saint-Germain (H), Liverpool (H), Crystal Palace (A), and an Emirates FA Cup fifth round fixture (draw to be made later this evening).

United have the confidence and the experience to get the better of Burnley, despite previous attempts being laboured with United not able to find a path to victory. Solskjaer and his coaching team have United ready for all challenges, especially after they have beaten both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in their last three matches. Burnley were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend and this may not be a good time to be heading to the red side of Manchester.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea was rested in the FA Cup victory over Arsenal on Friday night, giving Sergio Romero another match in the competition. De Gea will be thankful of the rest and will be my choice to start against Burnley. United need his experience and they may need him to be at his best as Burnley may be seeking a victory which may be needed to overcome that defeat to City at the weekend. United though, will have enough to deal with the fallen Premier League side.

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Defence: Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw

This seems to be the best defensive back line that United could put together at this stage of the season. Phil Jones has been preferred recently, because of injury to Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, with Eric Bailly suspended. This same back four played against Arsenal four days prior to the Burnley game and they should be fit enough to play again, keeping in mind that United will travel to Leicester City on Sunday, giving them five days to prepare for that game.

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Midfield: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic

United’s midfield has shown a massive improvement under Solskjaer. Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic have been paired in midfield more often than not and are the first-choice pair to solve the midfield issues. This leaves Paul Pogba to a roaming role, which has shown his best form since signing for United more than two and a half years ago now. Having both Matic and Herrera in midfield does the job and allows Pogba to provide for the attacking players. He does drop back when the need arises too.

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

The three behind the striker are the players who have risen in stature since the departure of Jose Mourinho. The three best players in this role are Jesse Lingard, who has helped to (albeit temporarily) solve the right-wing issue at the club. Anthony Martial will need to find his best form now that Alexis Sanchez is fit, which could bring out the best in both players. Paul Pogba will play in the central area of the attack, despite being placed in midfield but the form of Matic and Herrera mean he can roam.

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Striker: Marcus Rashford

After being rested against Arsenal, at least from that start of the game, Rashford could get the nod to start against Burnley. Solskjaer will have a headache as Romelu Lukaku was in good form against the North London club, assisting goals for Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard in the 3-1 victory. Rashford is the more in-form player in the squad right now but Lukaku seems to be adapting to this new attacking squad which Solskjaer and his team of coaches have activated in the team.

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