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Burnley vs Manchester United: Preview, predicted XI and Team News



Burnley vs Manchester United: Preview, predicted XI and Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United will play their game in hand against Burnley tonight.

Avoiding a defeat will see the Red Devils move to the top of the Premier League table. Given that we won just one of our first four Premier League home games this season, Solskjaer has already brought about a tremendous turn in fortunes.

The Clarets go into the game in good form themselves. Sean Dyche’s side have won three of their last four home games and are a force to reckon with at Turf Moor.

Solskjaer full of praise for McTominay (GETTY Images)
Will Scott McTominay be rested with Liverpool in mind? (GETTY Images)

United defeated Watford in the FA Cup to put their Carabao Cup loss behind them. They will now hope to take a step towards a first Premier League title in eight years with a win on Tuesday.

Despite Burnley’s reputation at Turf Moor, United should have enough in their locker to put the game to bed. The prospect of travelling to Anfield next weekend as league leaders is a very thrilling prospect indeed.

Team News

Solskjaer revealed that the United trio of Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, and Paul Pogba are all facing a battle against time to be fit. Eric Bailly is another player who is in doubt following his collision with Dean Henderson against Watford.

Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood are available for Manchester United
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is back in contention (GETTY Images)

Facundo Pellistri is currently in isolation and will play no part whatsoever. United will however welcome back Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan served his three-match suspension.

Predicted XI

David de Gea

United’s first-choice goalkeeper, the Spaniard made way for Henderson at the weekend. He will be expected to return against the Clarets.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The Englishman has failed to hit the heights of his debut season at Old Trafford. Nevertheless, he continues to be United’s first-choice right-back

Axel Tuanzebe

The youngster could benefit from the potential absence of Bailly and Lindelof. He impressed against Watford and his hopes for more game time could come true at Turf Moor.

Axel Tuanzebe to continue if Lindelof and Bailly arent fit (GETTY Images)
Axel Tuanzebe played as a right-back against Everton in the EFL Cup quarter-final. (GETTY Images)

Harry Maguire

The skipper, Maguire is a no-brainer and an automatic selection.

Alex Telles

With Luke Shaw a doubt, the Brazilian could keep his spot in the starting XI.


The Brazilian has often started for United when fit. A regular under Solskjaer, his athleticism will be a major attribute to combat Burnley’s combative midfield.

Nemanja Matic

The Serbian is not afraid to put his leg in and can hold his own against the best. Moreover, Burnley’s midfield isn’t the fastest, meaning his lack of pace should not be an issue.

Soumare could be a long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic
Playing Matic on Tuesday will help keep McTominay fresh for Liverpool

Bruno Fernandes

United best player for the past year and a shoo-in when available. The Portuguese star got a much-deserved break against Watford and will be raring to go.

Daniel James

The Welsh winger has the pace to burn and is United’s lone specialist right-winger. Up against Charlie Taylor, James will be in for a challenge. However, his pace should help him get behind the Burnley defence.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford was another player who started the match against Watford on the bench. Another automatic starter, it will be a surprise if he doesn’t make it to the starting line-up.

Anthony Martial

While Cavani is back, Solskjaer might just use this game to decide who starts against Liverpool at the weekend. Martial has been a shadow of his last season’s self and will need to prove his worth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy that Anthony Martial has regained his confidence in recent weeks. (GETTY Images)
Martial could stake a claim to start at Anfield if he performs. (GETTY Images)

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