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Ratings: Pogba’s second half performance drove United to victory; United are top of the league – bring on Liverpool

Manchester United beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. It puts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table. Paul Pogba scored the only goal of the match after playing the ball out to Marcus Rashford on the right with the England forward playing back to the Frenchman whose effort was slightly deflected into the back of the net. Bruno Fernandes did not have the best of matches, but played a part. Anthony Martial will be a worry, coming off injured late into added time. The positivity is that United are top of the league and deserve it.

Burnley started well at Turf Moor with former United academy player Bobbie Brady getting forward immediately after a diagonal cross into Ashley Barnes before the forward was outmuscled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka which saw Brady receive the ball on the right but he then shot wildly over the target. Burnley had another chance in the seventh minute but Harry Maguire made a crucial block. United got a chance in the 17th minute with Luke Shaw fizzing a cross from the left with Anthony Martial dummying the ball for Bruno Fernandes, who shot straight at Nick Pope.

United then got another chance in the 19th minute with Marcus Rashford slipping the ball into Fernandes behind the Burnley defence. Martial then peeled away from his marker and went for an overhead kick which was blocked before it reached the target. Burnley had the chance to open the scoring again in the 22nd minute after Fernandes gave away possession but Eric Bailly, deflecting the ball with it eventually going wide of the target despite David De Gea being wrong-footed. United had another chance in the 25th minute with Nemanja Matic firing into Martial, whose shot was poorly placed wide of the target.

In the 28th minute, there was some drama. Brady was booked for a challenge on Edinson Cavani after a foul on the edge of the box. Then, the referee was called to the VAR screen to see a challenge by Shaw moments earlier, to cut a long story short saw Shaw booked and Brady have his card eradicated for the challenge. United found the back of the net through Maguire in the 37th minute of the match through a header but the goal was scrapped by VAR for a foul in the box. There was a penalty shout the next minute after Cavani attempted a bicycle kick which struck Ben Mee, but it was not a penalty.

Martial found Fernandes in the 42nd minute in space at the edge of the box. He sent a teasing ball to the back post which Cavani attacked. Rashford did not gamble as the Uruguayan send both central defenders out towards him as the ball went out of play. Pope then stopped Martial in the 45th minute com curling an opener into the top corner. In added time at the end of the half, Fernandes was booked for dissent at the end of a frustrating period for United, who should have perhaps done more than they did in their quest to top the Premier League table ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

United had a chance in the 52nd minute after De Gea picked out Paul Pogba on the halfway line with a long throw and Pogba then worked hard to drive away from three Burnley players before finding Fernandes in the final third. The Portuguese midfielder released Martial on the overlap and he centred a low cross that was begging to be swept in but Cavani failed to get on the end of it with Pope making an easy save to deny United once again. United needed to be much better than this, especially with Liverpool on the horizon and the fact they will ensure they take all of their chances.

Pogba started to have more of an impact in the 57th minute after skipping away from two challenges in the area before crossing to Cavani, but he had the ball whacked off his foot by Martial as the two United forwards got in each others way, which was frustrating to see. Fernandes then pressed Burnley, who stood off and he sent a dipping effort on target which Pope spilled before gathering it the second time. In the 64th minute, Pogba slipped the ball into Rashford but was never onside with the flag going up after the move came to an end. United then had another chance, which again came to nothing in the 67th minute.

In the 69th minute, United had a penalty shout after Fernandes fired the ball into Martial in the area. His deft back heel threatened to play Pogba in on goal. The Frenchman then went to ground after a challenge from Josh Brownhill and United’s appeal for a penalty was considered by VAR. However, there was insufficient evidence to give a spot kick. Two minutes later though, United had opened the scoring through Pogba, who started the attack, played the ball to Rashford on the right, who then delivered the ball to the edge of the area with Pogba now in a good area, receiving the ball and hitting the back of the net with a slight deflection.

Solskjaer made his first substitution in the 80th minute of the match with Mason Greenwood replacing Rashford. United then had a chance to double their lead two minutes later with Martial preparing to pull the trigger from close-range, saw James Tarkowski make a brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny the Frenchman. United should have done much better there. Burnley then looked to start to push themselves into the match to get an equaliser. Solskjaer brought on Scott McTominay for Fernandes in the 89th minute of the match, seemingly trying to pack the midfield to deal with Burnley.

Martial seemed to be injured in added time, possible his hamstring. He was replaced by Axel Tuanzebe which might add some problems for the Liverpool match at the weekend. United just needed to keep a clean sheet and finish the match with the victory, which is what happened. United move three points ahead of Liverpool, level on matches played with goal difference a factor if Liverpool beat United at Anfield. Solskjaer will be pleased with his team, who some will say has topped the table in spite of him, not because of him. Agendas eh? United deserve to be in the position they are in right now. Bring on Liverpool.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Will be happy with another clean sheet and United going top of the Premier League and three points clear of Liverpool going into the clash with them on Sunday.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Played well both defensively and in attack. United got forward a lot of the time with Burnley no really pushing the right-back defensively.

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3 Eric Bailly

Good to see him recover quickly from the injury which looked like it could sideline him. Lindelof could have a problem getting back into the starting XI with Bailly doing well so far. A big game is coming up though and Bailly will be ready for it.

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5 Harry Maguire

Headed the ball into the back of the net in the first half but it was ruled out for a foul. Led his team positively and broke forward when he could, especially in set-pieces.

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23 Luke Shaw

Booked in the first half for what seemed like a follow through. Did well at times throughout the match, pushing forward with United seeking that elusive goal.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Had a shot on goal in the first half but put it straight through to Pope instead. It seemed like an off day for the Portuguese magnifico. He played his part though with Pogba being the one to guide United in this match. Was replaced by McTominay in the 89th minute.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Played the defensive role in the midfield well. Burnley had a few chances in the first half, but in the second, the seemed well behind. Matic did what he needed to do and helped to protect the defence, when they needed it.

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6 Paul Pogba

Opened the scoring in the 71st minute of the match, playing the ball into Rashford, who drove forward and eventually passed to the Frenchman on the edge of the box. His effort was deflected (slightly) past Pope to put United ahead in the match. His first half was uneventful but he started to get into the game in the second half.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Playing on the right is not an area that Rashford does well in. He struggles but in the second half, received the ball and played it back to Pogba to open the scoring. He was replaced by Greenwood in the 80th minute.

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21 Edinson Cavani

Good to see him back after a three match suspension. Seemed fit and raring to go but it was a day that United needed to do more. He had a few attempts on goal, never getting there though.

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9 Anthony Martial

Did not have the best of matches. Had a fair few chances to break the deadlock before Pogba scored, but the quality was not really there. Martial has scored a few goals against Burnley in his time at United though. Came off injured in added time with Tuanzebe replacing him.

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Substitutes

11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Rashford 80'. Used his pace late in the game but it was Burnley who were pushing to get back into the match.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Fernandes 89'. Came on late in the game to add more in midfield for United.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Martial 90+5'. Replaced an injured martial who seemed to struggle with an injury late in the match. Had little time to have much involvement.

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Goals: Paul Pogba 71′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 71′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fernandes (McTominay 89′), Matic, Pogba; Rashford (Greenwood 80′), Cavani, Martial (Tuanzebe 90+5′)

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Telles; Mata, Fred, James, Van de Beek

Bookings: Ashley Westwood 62′; Luke Shaw 32′, Bruno Fernandes 45+3′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Cavani, Pogba and Fernandes start against Burnley as United look to top the league

Manchester United will face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League this evening, the match that was originally supposed to start the season with United and Manchester City both having a further week to recover after participation in European competition from last season, which was delayed because of the coronavirus lockdown. This match could result in United rising to the top of the Premier League just days before taking on Liverpool for the first time this season – providing they beat Burnley, of course. This would show that there has been lots of improvement at United this season – who’d have thought that!

There seems to be a lot of hostility on social media from the supposed supporters of the club that seem to think United are moving forward in spite of, not because of Solskjaer, which just shows the pathetic nature of these supporters whose agenda seems to be as deep as some in the political world right now. That said, those who back the process and support the manager and all of the players representing the club, will rightly so bask in the improvement which has seen United start to challenge in the Premier League once again, no matter how long it continues – it is the closest United have come in seven years to competing.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw;

Fernandes, Matic, Pogba;

Rashford, Cavani, Martial

Substitutes:

Henderson; Telles, Tuanzebe; Mata, Fred, James, Van de Beek, McTominay; Greenwood

Burnley:

Pope;

Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters;

Brady, Brownhill, Westwood, Gudmundsson;

Wood, Barnes

Substitutes:

Norris; Bardsley, Long; Cork, McNeil, Stephens, Benson; Rodriguez, Vydra

United and Burnley have played 12 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won six of the meetings, drawing four and losing twice. United have scored a total of 17 goals, winning four penalties and scoring two of them. Burnley have scored eight goals, winning no penalties. United have kept seven cleans sheets with Burnley keeping just four. In terms of discipline, United have been shown 22 yellow cards with two red cards being shown. Burnley have been shown 33 yellow cards with no red cards. This is an important match for United, who could sit at the top of the league before they face Liverpool next weekend.

Last season, in this encounter at Turf Moor, played on the 28 December 2019, United won 2-0 with Anthony Martial opening the scoring in the 44th minute, assisted by Andreas Pereira and with Marcus Rashford securing the victory in the 90+5th minute, assisted by Daniel James. United will be seeking for a similar result against Burnley this season, which will help them pile the pressure on Liverpool ahead of their clash next weekend. At Old Trafford, a match played on the 22 January 2020, it was a 2-0 victory for Burnley with Chris Wood opening the scoring in the 39th minute and Jay Rodriquez securing the victory in the 56th minute.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Cavani, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood tasked with sending Manchester United to the Premier League summit by beating Burnley?

Manchester United will face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, the match that was originally supposed to start the season with United and Manchester City both having a further week to recover after participation in European competition from last season, which was delayed because of the coronavirus lockdown. This match could result in United rising to the top of the Premier League just days before taking on Liverpool for the first time this season – providing they beat Burnley, of course. This would show that there has been lots of improvement at United this season – who’d have thought that!

There seems to be a lot of hostility on social media from the supposed supporters of the club that seem to think United are moving forward in spite of, not because of Solskjaer, which just shows the pathetic nature of these supporters whose agenda seems to be as deep as some in the political world right now. That said, those who back the process and support the manager and all of the players representing the club, will rightly so bask in the improvement which has seen United start to challenge in the Premier League once again, no matter how long it continues – it is the closest United have come in seven years to competing.

How United have faired against Burnley in the Premier League.

United and Burnley have played 12 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won six of the meetings, drawing four and losing twice. United have scored a total of 17 goals, winning four penalties and scoring two of them. Burnley have scored eight goals, winning no penalties. United have kept seven cleans sheets with Burnley keeping just four. In terms of discipline, United have been shown 22 yellow cards with two red cards being shown. Burnley have been shown 33 yellow cards with no red cards. This is an important match for United, who could sit at the top of the league before they face Liverpool next weekend.

Last season, in this encounter at Turf Moor, played on the 28 December 2019, United won 2-0 with Anthony Martial opening the scoring in the 44th minute, assisted by Andreas Pereira and with Marcus Rashford securing the victory in the 90+5th minute, assisted by Daniel James. United will be seeking for a similar result against Burnley this season, which will help them pile the pressure on Liverpool ahead of their clash next weekend. At Old Trafford, a match played on the 22 January 2020, it was a 2-0 victory for Burnley with Chris Wood opening the scoring in the 39th minute and Jay Rodriquez securing the victory in the 56th minute.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Burnley in the Premier League at Turf Moor on Tuesday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has been rested for the past two matches with Dean Henderson starting against both Manchester City and Watford in the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup respectively. De Gea will now be rested and ready to face both Burnley and Liverpool this week as United enter a defining stage of the season for them. A victory over Burnley could propel United to the top of the league, three points clear of Liverpool before they travel to Anfield. A victory there will give United a six-point cushion over the Merseyside whiners. This could either be a good week for United, or a bad one. I’d like to think there have been too many bad weeks already this season though.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles

United’s defence has done well lately despite having some unlucky injuries to both Victor Lindelof and more recently Eric Bailly. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles will start in the fullback positions with Axel Tuanzebe and Harry Maguire partnering in the centre of the defence. Tim Fosu-Mensah is expected to leave the club this month which will leave Brandon Williams vying with Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position, which will be good for both players for the remainder of the season. United have kept four clean sheets since December, so will be seeking to keep more, maximising their goal difference, which might come into play later this season.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred

United have some problems in midfield with Nemanja Matic unable to play back to back matches and Paul Pogba currently recovering from a knock after missing the 1-0 victory over Watford in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend. Fred has been a player who has offered much this season, other than assists and goals, his importance on the pitch is now seen by many as he worked hard to push himself into the plans of Solskjaer after being written off by Jose Mourinho. Scott McTominay is also an important player. Those fan cam muppets may suggest McTominay is not a United player, but they are not proper United fans, are they. Supporting a club to create an avenue to make money is not supporting the club.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford

There are 32 goals and 19 assists between Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford this season, a total of 51 goal contributions between three players. Some will suggest that United rely on both Fernandes and Rashford this season, especially Spurs fans, who have just had god knows how many seasons relying on Harry Kane to drag them towards no trophies. I think this trio, aided by Cavani, could unlock Burnley and push United to the summit of the Premier League table ahead of the clash with Liverpool at the weekend, which will now be the biggest match of the season so far for United.

Forwards: Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani has scored four goals and two assists so far this season and has been missing for the past three matches due to suspension. Solskjaer will be seeking to get him involved against Burnley so that he has some match fitness to face Liverpool at the weekend, which will be the first of two meetings against the club in around a week. Cavani has had some good positioning when playing for United this season and has been able to unlock the backline and either score or create goals or start goalscoring moves to beat the opposition. At this time I see Cavani as the best striker in the squad as he offers a lot more than Anthony Martial.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Juan Mata, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek; Anthony Martial, Odion Ighalo

With nine substitutes named on the bench, Solskjaer will have a lot of choice on the bench to change the game, should he need to. January is going to be a big month with United now facing Liverpool twice in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup, so keeping players fresh for what lies ahead will be needed. United will also have Amad Diallo to get involved in the squad, which may not come in this match. Dean Henderson will be back on the bench after starting twice in the past week. In defence, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw could be called upon. In midfield, Juan Mata, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek will be available. In attack, Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo could also be called upon.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Burnley -v- Manchester United – Premier League – A win will take United top of the league

Burnley -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Turf Moor, Burnley

Tuesday 12 January 2021, KO 20:15 GMT

Referee: Kevin Friend  Assistants: Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes

Fourth Official: Peter Bankes

VAR: Stuart Attwell Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

Manchester United will face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, the match that was originally supposed to start the season with United and Manchester City both having a further week to recover after participation in European competition from last season, which was delayed because of the coronavirus lockdown. This match could result in United rising to the top of the Premier League just days before taking on Liverpool for the first time this season – providing they beat Burnley, of course. This would show that there has been lots of improvement at United this season – who’d have thought that!

There seems to be a lot of hostility on social media from the supposed supporters of the club that seem to think United are moving forward in spite of, not because of Solskjaer, which just shows the pathetic nature of these supporters whose agenda seems to be as deep as some in the political world right now. That said, those who back the process and support the manager and all of the players representing the club, will rightly so bask in the improvement which has seen United start to challenge in the Premier League once again, no matter how long it continues – it is the closest United have come in seven years to competing.

Manchester United: WLWWDW

Watford 1-0 W, Manchester City 2-0 L, Aston Villa 2-1 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 W, Leicester City 2-2 D, Everton 2-0 W

Burnley: WWLWDW

MK Dons 1-1 (4-3) W, Sheffield United 1-0 W, Leeds United 1-0 L, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 W, Aston Villa 0-0 D, Arsenal 1-0 W

Top Scorers: Burnley have scored 12 goals in all competitions this season with Bruno Fernandes scoring 15 for United on his own. This says nothing as this match with be one of Burnley’s cup finals and many will expect them to play like peak Barcelona on a cold Tuesday night in Burnley.

Manchester United Goals: 15 – Bruno Fernandes, 14 – Marcus Rashford, 5 – Anthony Martial, 4 – Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay, 3 – Mason Greenwood, 2 – Daniel James, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, 1 – Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Own Goal, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United are doing well so far this season, despite being knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the semi-final at the hands of Manchester City. To be fair though, this is the trophy that City seem to like the most, leaving the bigger honours for the bigger clubs in both England and Europe. This clash with Burnley, should United win, will see them top the Premier League for the first time this season despite starting the season in bad form and seeing lost of criticism from those who know best, allegedly – the pundits and the ABU’s. Nothing will hurt them more than United going top of the Premier League before facing Liverpool for the first time this season.

Burnley Goals: 3 – Matej Vydra, Chris Wood, 1 – Ashley Barnes, Robbie Brady, Josh Brownhill, Jimmy Dunne, Ben Mee, Ashley Westwood

Burnley have not been in great form this season and currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League, just five points from the relegation zone. In the past, Burnley have been a club that has frustrated United, especially at Turf Moor. However, United have a much better squad at this moment in time with many players giving their all for the team. Burnley will need to win this match in order to propel themselves away from the relegation zone in the league, which could well be their fate this season. if things do not improve. Its is possible that they become prime Barcelona in this match, as is the case in their cup final against United.

Team News: Three players ruled out for United, two with a good chance and two with a 50/50 chance; Burnley has two players with a good chance of featuring with four players having a 50/50 chance.

Phil Jones (knee), Facundo Pellistri (coronavirus) and Marcos Rojo (calf) have been ruled out of the clash with Burnley on Tuesday evening. Luke Shaw (other) and Victor Lindelof (lower back) have a 75% chance of featuring against Burnley, whilst Paul Pogba (other) and Eric Bailly (upper back/neck) both have a 50% chance of being available. Edinson Cavani has served all three matches of his suspension, so will be eligible to face Burnley, which seems likely as he will need to build his match fitness ahead of the clash with Liverpool at the weekend, which could be another thriller of a clash between the two rivals.

Nick Pope (ankle) and Charlie Taylor (thigh) both have a 75% chance of featuring against United on Tuesday evening in the Premier League. Kevin Long (ankle), Jimmy Dunne (knock), Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Dwight McNeil (groin/hip/pelvis) all have a 50% chance of being available to face United. Burnley will be seeking to keep performing well against United and in the past have been a team able to stop the might of the club and frustrate them. This season though, those performances have been few and far between with them sitting five points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Predicted Starting XI: Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood to start against Burnley?

Solskjaer rested a number of players against Watford in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend, which was a 1-0 victory for the Old Trafford club. United could have rested until Sunday when they face Liverpool at Old Trafford but decided to play their game in hand against Burnley, putting some pressure on Liverpool for the fixture as United are level on points with goal difference separating the two sides. Edinson Cavani has served his three-match suspension, so could lead the line, giving Anthony Martial a rest ahead of Sunday. Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood could support the Uruguayan in attack.

Match Prediction: 12 matches played with United winning half of them and undefeated in ten of the matches played. United won and lost in the two matches last season and will be seeking for better results this season, both home and away.

United and Burnley have played 12 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won six of the meetings, drawing four and losing twice. United have scored a total of 17 goals, winning four penalties and scoring two of them. Burnley have scored eight goals, winning no penalties. United have kept seven cleans sheets with Burnley keeping just four. In terms of discipline, United have been shown 22 yellow cards with two red cards being shown. Burnley have been shown 33 yellow cards with no red cards. This is an important match for United, who could sit at the top of the league before they face Liverpool next weekend.

Last season, in this encounter at Turf Moor, played on the 28 December 2019, United won 2-0 with Anthony Martial opening the scoring in the 44th minute, assisted by Andreas Pereira and with Marcus Rashford securing the victory in the 90+5th minute, assisted by Daniel James. United will be seeking for a similar result against Burnley this season, which will help them pile the pressure on Liverpool ahead of their clash next weekend. At Old Trafford, a match played on the 22 January 2020, it was a 2-0 victory for Burnley with Chris Wood opening the scoring in the 39th minute and Jay Rodriquez securing the victory in the 56th minute.

Burnley 0-0 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Review & Ratings: Martial and Rashford scored in 2-0 victory over Burnley; Williams, Fred and James all played well in the victory

Manchester United beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor in their final Premier League match of 2019, keeping their unbeaten record in their final match of each year since 2011. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side rise from eighth to fifth, just a point away from Chelsea, who face Arsenal on Sunday. It ends a busy month and year for United but January 2020 brings more of the same with United possibly playing eight times in the month.

United, despite the squad selected for this game, looked good at times, especially in attack. In the first half, Anthony Martial had two good shots on goal which were cleared from the line and Brandon Williams played in some good crosses, despite no attacking players being near them in the box. United opened the scoring in the 44th minute through Martial. Andreas Pereira won the ball slipping it to Martial to score.

Martial had the ball in the net against early in the second half but it was disallowed for a foul on the Burnley player in the box. Daniel James was utilising his pace throughout the match, beating his man most of the time. He drew a lot of fouls from his opposition, possibly because his pace beats them the majority of the time. Solskjaer made his first change after it seemed James could not continue but Jesse Lingard replaced Pereira.

United had an opportunity to score against in the final eight minutes of the match after James played Martial through to goal but the Burnley goalkeeper came off his line to cut the angle and the Frenchman passed to Lingard, who then tried to pass back to Martial which resulted in Burnley gaining possession once again. Luke Shaw replaced Martial at the death, possibly to waste a bit of time at the end of the game.

United had an unbelievable finish in the game with Williams, Lingard and Fred being booked in the final two minutes of added time. That led to United digging deep and finding their second goal through Marcus Rashford rounding Nick Pope and sealing the victory for United. It was a great finish to the match and an even better finish to the year. United now sit in fifth place, a point behind Chelsea who face Arsenal on Sunday.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper had little to do for the majority of the game against Burnley. He made a good save in the last twenty minute with Bardsley seeking an equaliser.

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Review & Ratings: Martial and Rashford scored in 2-0 victory over Burnley; Williams, Fred and James all played well in the victory

The captain seemed injured in the first half after landing awkwardly but recovered. He did not need to play a big part in the game as Burnley were pretty terrible having just one shot on target throughout the game.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede did well in the centre of defence for United. Burnley had just one shot on goal during the game, which just was not good enough for a team in the Premier League.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man did well against Burnley. A clean sheet in the Premier League was much needed with United not keeping once since the victory over Leicester City back in September.

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33 Brandon Williams

The young left-back got forward a lot of the time in the first half and was crossing the ball well - with no attacking players to receive it, which was frustrating. Luke Shaw is going to have to dig a lot deeper to keep his place in the team at this rate. He put in a really mature performance and threw himself at whatever challenge he faced. He was booked in added time for a dive, apparently. It was not a dive - he anticipated contact from Bardsley and tried to avoid it.

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17 Fred

Fred did well for United once again. It is good to see him thrive in the centre of midfield and work well in the team. It is clear that he is a talented player and the raise in game of the Premier League was something he just needed to adapt to. He's going to be a good squad player as United move forward.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian midfielder did well against Burnley given the absence of Paul Pogba from the squad after playing just two days ago. He did his job in the centre of the pitch and played well with Fred in the heart of midfield.

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Review & Ratings: Martial and Rashford scored in 2-0 victory over Burnley; Williams, Fred and James all played well in the victory

The Welsh winger was hacked down a few times against Burnley after using his pace to beat his man. Most of the time he gets the better of his man, which is why he draws so many fouls. He seemed to get a knock in the final twenty minutes and it seemed he was going to be taken off, but he recovered and played on. Got an assist late in the game as he fed Rashford on the attack in the dying seconds.

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15 Andreas Pereira

The Belgian-born Brazilian got another assist for the season against Burnley after he won the ball in the Burnley half and played it to Martial, who slotted home. Pereira did not make many mistakes in the game and played well at times. He was replaced by Lingard in the 73rd minute of the match.

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10 Marcus Rashford

I think Rashford did well against Burnley although he did not break through much to create of score goals. He still had a positive impact on the game with the scoreline flattering Burnley at times. Got a late goal after being fed through by James five minutes into added time.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman could have scored multiple goals in the first half against Burnley with two chances being cleared off the line. He broke the deadlock in the 44th minute after Pereira slipped the ball into him scoring his tenth goal of the season. Martial scored in the second half too but it was disallowed by the referee for a foul in the box.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Pereira 73'. The academy graduate was possibly not the best player on the pitch, as has been seen this season. United were played on goal through James with Martial running into the box. Pope closed him down and the ball was played to Lingard, who made a pigs ear of it. No matter what is going on for him off the pitch, he needs to apply himself or miss out.

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23 Luke Shaw

Replaced Martial 89'. Came on at the death for the goalscorer. Did not have enough time in the pitch to get involved in the result.

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Goals: Anthony Martial 44′, Marcus Rashford 90+5′

Assists: Andreas Pereira 44′, Daniel James 90+5

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; James, Pereira (Lingard 73′), Rashford; Martial (Shaw 89′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Jones, Wan-Bissaka; Mata; Greenwood

Bookings: Phil Bardsley 23′, Ben Mee 61′, Charlie Taylor 71′, Dwight McNeil 89′; Brandon Williams 90+2′, Jesse Lingard 90+4′, Fred 90+4′

Confirmed Starting XI: No Pogba against Burnley; Martial, Rashford and James lead the attack, Matic, Young and Williams back in the team

Manchester United are back in Premier League action against Burnley at Turf Moor just over 48 hours after leaving the pitch after thumping Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford. The good thing is that is it not a huge distance to travel with the Reds headed about 46 miles from Manchester for this match. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to keep his team on a winning run.

It is the last fixture of 2019 for United and 2020 will start with an away trip to Arsenal, who under new manager, Mikel Arteta do not seem to have changed much after enduring a 1-1 draw away to Bournemouth. Before that though, Burnley lie in wait fresh from their 1-0 defeat to Everton, who also had a new manager take charge of a match with Carlo Ancelotti coming in just before Christmas.

It will be a tough final match of 2019 and Solskjaer will be seeking a victory away from home. United last won away from home in the Manchester derby, beating Manchester City 2-1 on the 7 December, in the same week they beat Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, which could have changed the season had they been able to beat Everton (1-1 draw) and Watford (2-0 defeat). Let’s end 2019 in style, with another win. Come on United!

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams;

Fred, Matic;

James, Pereira, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Jones, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka; Mata, Lingard; Greenwood

Burnley:

Pope;

Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor;

Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil;

Wood, Barnes

Substitutes:

Hart; Lowton, Long; Gudmundsson, Drinkwater, Brady; Rodriguez

United and Burnley have played a total of 128 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United have won 61 times, drawn 23 times and lost 44 times. The last defeat to Burnley came in the Premier League back in August 2009, a 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor with Robbie Blake scoring the only goal of the game. Prior to that match, United were on a 17 match unbeaten run against Burnley.

In the nine matches that have been played between United and Burnley since the last defeat more than a decade ago, United are undefeated winning five times and drawing four times. In this fixture last season, United win 2-0 at Turf Moor with former United striker Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace in the game. In the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, it was a 2-2 draw with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood putting Burnley 2-0 up with Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof scoring two goals in three minutes.

How Manchester United could look against Burnley; Martial leading the line, James, Greenwood and Rashford supporting. Pogba starting in midfield?

Manchester United will face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday evening, the final match for the club in 2019. United returned to winning ways in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day with Anthony Martial scoring a brace and one each from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy from what he saw, although the players could have scores at least two or three more goals with Martial close to scoring a hat-trick.

United will have had just over 48 hours to prepare from this match from leaving the pitch at Old Trafford to hearing the referee blow his whistle for this fixture. They will then have just four days rest before facing Arsenal at the Emirates in their first Premier League fixture of 2020, which will be a big one for United and Solskjaer as they seek to get a victory against the fallen North London after the 1-1 draw in September.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

I fully expect David De Gea to keep his place in the starting XI for the visit to Turf Moor when Unite face Burnley on Saturday evening. He will have had just over 48 hours from leaving the pitch at Old Trafford before appearing for his club once again around 46 miles away from the Theatre of Dreams. Last keeping a clean sheet in the Premier League in September when United beat Leicester City 1-0, it is time for the player and United to find a way to keep one to stop the criticism. However, United outscoring their opposition should be enough to take three important points away from Turf Moor.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United’s best back four will most likely be in action against against Burnley after playing 90 minutes against Newcastle on Boxing Day. Aaron Wan-Bissaka redeemed himself after giving away a penalty against Watford at the weekend but putting in a good performance and getting an assist in the 4-1 victory. Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire will keep their places with the £80 million man still seeking to score his first goal for the club. He came close against Newcastle at Old Trafford. Luke Shaw is seemingly entering a period of form, getting an involvement in United’s equaliser against Newcastle which would have helped inspire them to come from behind to lead 3-1 at half time, winning 4-1 in 90 minutes.4

Midfield: Fred, Paul Pogba

Scott McTominay suffered an injury in the first half of the 4-1 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day and it is feared that he could have suffered knee ligament damage, which could result in a lengthly period on the sidelines for the 22-year-old. Paul Pogba replaced the Scotland international at half time and should be fit to start against Burnley. Fred will most likely partner the Frenchman in the centre of midfield for United’s final match of 2019, of which the team will be seeking to continue their winning ways ending the year in style.

Attacking Midfielders: Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford

I expect Daniel James to step back into the starting XI against Burnley after sitting out the 4-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford. The 22-year-old will be seeking to improve on his three goals and five assists this season, which see him having more of an impact than Alexis Sanchez did at the club. Marcus Rashford, after scoring his 15th goal of the season against Newcastle will start again and between the pair, Mason Greenwood should start, playing behind Martial – so the pair could overlap at times with Martial playing outside of the box. This could result in United scoring more goals. It is worth a try, it might even work.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman scored a brace against Newcastle United on Boxing Day and could have scored the first hat-trick for the club since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s against Saint-Etienne in the 3-0 UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg victory. Sadly, that was not meant to be for the Frenchman against Newcastle. Martial will be confident ahead of the trip to Turf Moor though after scoring his eighth and ninth goals of the season. He has work to do in order to catch Marcus Rashford as the top scorer for the club though – he stands on 15 goals in all competitions.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Phil Jones, Ashley Young; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Nemanja Matic

Solskjaer will need to keep experienced players on the bench against Burnley as they play just over 48 hours after beating Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. Sergio Romero will keep his place on the bench with some thinking that he should start ahead of David De Gea after the poor goals he has conceded of late. Phil Jones and Ashley Young could be the defensive options on the bench. Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic cold be the other options with all three attacking players likely to start against Burnley.

Preview: Solskjaer set to keep United victorious with trip to Burnley in final fixture of 2019

Burnley -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Turf Moor, Burnley

Saturday 28 December 2019, KO 19:45 GMT

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Ian Hussin; Darren Cann Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor 

VAR: Michael Oliver Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action against Burnley at Turf Moor just over 48 hours after leaving the pitch after thumping Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford. The good thing is that is it not a huge distance to travel with the Reds heading about 46 miles from Manchester for the Saturday evening kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to keep his team on a winning run.

It is the last fixture of 2019 for United and 2020 will start with an away trip to Arsenal, who under new manager, Mikel Arteta do not seem to have changed much after enduring a 1-1 draw away to Bournemouth. Before that though, Burnley lie in wait fresh from their 1-0 defeat to Everton, who also had a new manager take charge of a match with Carlo Ancelotti coming in just before Christmas.

It will be a tough final match of 2019 and Solskjaer will be seeking a victory away from home. United last won away from home in the Manchester derby, beating Manchester City 2-1 on the 7 December, in the same week they beat Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, which could have changed the season had they been able to beat Everton (1-1 draw) and Watford (2-0 defeat). Let’s end 2019 in style, with another win. Come on United!

Form: United the team in better form with four wins, one draw and one defeat in the last six matches. Burnley have four defeats and two draws. They have not beaten United for just over a decade. Could this be an omen?

Manchester United: WLWDWW

Newcastle United 4-1 W, Watford 2-0 L, Colchester United 3-0 W, Everton 1-1 D, AZ Alkmaar 4-0 W, Manchester City 2-1 W

Burnley: LWWLLL

Everton 1-0 L, Bournemouth 1-0 W, Newcastle United 1-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 L, Manchester City 4-1 L, Crystal Palace 2-0 L

Top Scorers: 46 goals scored by United this season with Marcus Rashford leading with 15 goals in all competitions. Burnley have scored just 23 goals this season, half the amount of United.

Manchester United Goals: 15 – Marcus Rashford, 9 – Anthony Martial, 8 – Mason Greenwood, 3 – Daniel James, Scott McTominay, 2 – Own Goal, 1 – Victor Lindelof, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United have climbed up to seventh in the Premier League following their 4-1 victory over Newcastle United, a team that frustrated them, beating them at St James’ Park back in October. Solskjaer’s side managed to overcome their 2-0 defeat to Watford just before Christmas and put themselves just four point from the top four and ten points from third. Granted, United should have been better placed if recent results had been different. Can they finally turn a corner?

Burnley Goals: 7 – Chris Wood, 6 – Ashley Barnes, 4 – Jay Rodriguez, 2 – Jeff Hendrick, 1 – Robbie Brady, Johann Gudmundsson, Dwight McNeil, James Tarkowski

Burnley currently sit twelfth in the Premier League table, four points adrift of United, who sit in seventh. Burnley have scored half the number of goals United have this season and in their last six matches, they have been beaten four times, winning just two matches; against Bournemouth and Newcastle. It has been more than a decade since Burnley last beat United and in the last nine matches played, United have won five and drawn four. Burnley have it all to win in this game.

Team News: Scott McTominay could be out of action for a prolonged period with suspected knee ligament damage – time will tell how long he will be out for.

United might be without Scott McTominay for a prolonged period of time after Solskjaer suggested that the player could have sustain knee ligament damage in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United on Boxing Day. Solskjaer also looks set to be without Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo, and Axel Tuanzebe for the visit to Turf Moor on Saturday evening. With the midfield lacking players the likes of James Garner and Dylan Levitt may also be included in the squad for the match.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche could be without Ben Gibson and Aaron Lennon through injury and illness but Jeff Hendrick, who was suspended from the defeat to Everton on Boxing Day, is once again eligible to play after amassing five yellow cards so far this season. This could be a tough match for Burnley after United’s confidence would seemingly be high after their 4-1 victory over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Predicted Starting XI: Two changes from the Newcastle team to face Burnley; McTominay missing from the squad due to suspected injury.

Given the number of players on the sidelines through injury, I don’t think Solskjaer will make many changes for the visit to Burnley on Saturday evening. Around 48 after leaving the pitch at Old Trafford, the squad will be playing 46 miles away in Burnley. The fact that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were substituted around the hour mark against Newcastle will be a good thing, as will Daniel James being rested as an unused substitute.

Match Prediction: United unbeaten against Burnley in the last nine matches going more than a decade without defeat home and away.

United and Burnley have played a total of 128 matches in this history of both clubs with the first match being played in 1892. United have won 61 times, drawn 23 times and lost 44 times. The last defeat to Burnley came in the Premier League back in August 2009, a 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor with Robbie Blake scoring the only goal of the game. Prior to that match, United were on a 17 match unbeaten run against Burnley.

In the nine matches that have been played between United and Burnley since the last defeat more than a decade ago, United are undefeated winning five times and drawing four times. In this fixture last season, United win 2-0 at Turf Moor with former United striker Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace in the game. In the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, it was a 2-2 draw with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood putting Burnley 2-0 up with Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof scoring two goals in three minutes.

Burnley 1-3 Manchester United

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