Preview: Manchester United looking to keep unbeaten run going against Burnley


Burnley -v- Manchester United

Turf Moor, Burnley

Premier League 2016/17

St. George’s Day – Sunday 23rd April 2017; KO 14:15 BST

Live on BT Sport 2HD

Manchester United will travel to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon to face Burnley in the Premier League. Fresh from a 3-2 aggregate victory over Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League, which saw United needing extra time to win 2-1 on the night, after a 1-1 draw the week before, United will be looking to maintain their league unbeaten run which was stretched to 22 matches after the 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side is getting smaller after Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were injured in the victory over Anderlecht, Rojo needing to be stretchered off and Zlatan suffering from a knee injury which seemed to be serious, although he walked off the pitch. United have some daylight between them and Arsenal in fifth place, and maintaining their winning run against Burnley will close up the gap with Manchester City, who United play in a weeks time at the Etihad in the league – a chance to break into the top four.

United have played some good football this season, it may not yet be the best, but is certainly better than the seasons under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. United have it all to gain, creeping into the top four, earning a UEFA Champions League place, of which they still have two chances to do; finishing in the top four of the Premier League and winning the UEFA Europa League. Jose Mourinho’s side may be feeling the wrath of injuries at this time, but still has plenty of players to grasp something this season. The recent injuries to Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both look to have ended their seasons suffering from knee ligament damage. It also suggests that this summer, reinforcements are made, making things like this a lesser worry. Still, Axel Tuanzebe could be in with a chance of making an appearance this season, which will be good for his development.

Jose Mourinho spoke about United remaining in the UEFA Europa League after their 2-1 victory over Anderlecht. The manager said:

“We keep trying. While mathematically it is possible in the Premier League we have to fight for it. If one day it is not mathematically possible we have to put everything in the Europa League because the Europa League is an important title and on top of that the bonus of playing in the Champions League. We had today an example of how difficult it is and we now have a Spanish team, a French team and Ajax [with us in the semi-finals draw] so we are not expecting anything easy.”

Match Officials: Anthony Taylor in charge of his fifth Manchester United match this season…

Anthony Taylor will officiate the match at Turf Moor on Sunday. This will be the fifth match in the Premier League this season involving Manchester United and Taylor which commenced with the 2-0 victory over Southampton, followed by a 0-0 draw with Liverpool, then the 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, which then led to the 3-0 victory over Leicester City. United have received eleven yellow cards this season from Taylor alone; four against Liverpool, three against West Brom and four against Leicester. The assistant referees have been named as Jake Collin and Peter Kirkup. The fourth official will be Lee Mason.

Form: Manchester United unbeaten in 22 Premier League matches

Manchester United: Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 22 Premier League matches, beating Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford in their last match in the league. On Thursday evening, United beat Anderlecht 2-1 in the Europa League, 3-2 on aggregate, after extra time to earn a place in the semi-final of the competition, their opposition will be Spanish side Celta Vigo. Jose Mourinho’s United team is in some good form at this present time, despite losing Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury added to the fact that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Juan Mata are also out of action, the latter out for the remainder of the season. United will, however, be looking to maintain this form, aiming to get into the top four before the end of the season.

Burnley: Burnley have not had a bad first season back in the Premier League and currently sit 14th in the league table, eight points from the relegation zone, which should put them in a strong position to escape relegation this season. Sean Dyche’s side have won one match since February, playing eleven matches; one in the FA Cup, ten in the league. Their only victory came in April against Stoke City, a 1-0 win. Dyche may lose Michael Keane in the summer, who is linked to Manchester United, among others, which could see other players leave the club, with Burnley receiving decent transfer fees in order to survive again next season.

Who are the top scorers at both Manchester United and Burnley this season?

Manchester United: 28 – Zlatan Ibrahimović, 11 – Marcus Rashford, 10 – Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 7 – Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, 5 – Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney, 3 – Marouane Fellaini, 2 – Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, 1 – Daley Blind, Own Goal, Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Antonio Valencia

Burnley: 9 – Andre Gray, 8 – Sam Vokes, 5 – Ashley Barnes, 2 – George Boyd, Steven Defour, Jeff Hendrick, Michael Keane, 1 – Scott Arfield, Joey Barton, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady, Dean Marney, Ben Mee, Stephen Ward

Team News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo likely to be out of action as United suffer injury blow

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo were both injured in the 2-1 (3-2 aggregate) victory over Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League at Old Trafford on Thursday evening. Jose Mourinho has not suggested how long each are out for, being that they will need to be assessed before any suggestion is made. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Juan Mata are all out of action, meaning United will have at least five players missing from the visit to Burnley. Wayne Rooney made the bench against Anderlecht but did not get on the pitch, so he will be a boost for United, I guess. The blistering form of Marcus Rashford will be a boost ahead of this match, but he may not be fit to play. being that be played for 120 minutes on Thursday, but he’s young and may make the match, which would be important. Burnley will have five players out of action; Kevin Long, Dean Marney, Johann Gudmundsson, Scott Arfield and Sam Vokes.

Previous Meetings: Manchester United are the team to beat for Burnley!

Manchester United and Burnley have a long history with 123 matches being played since the 10th September 1982. United have won 58 matches, drawn 21 and lost 44. The last defeat for United came on the 19th August 2009 with Robbie Blake scoring the only goal of the match. In the four matches played since, United are undefeated winning twice and drawing twice. The last visit to Turf Moor was a 0-0 draw, the day Angel Di Maria made his debut for United. United and Burnley have played at Old Trafford already this season, that being a 0-0 draw also with no less than 37 shots on goal coming from United, with Tom Heaton stepping into the boots and gloves of Gianluigi Buffon. United will need to get a result at Turf Moor this season, in order to keep their rise to the top four alive.

Starting XI Prediction: Who is going to start against Burnley?

Predicted Score:

Burnley 0-3 Manchester United

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