Who: Manchester United vs Burnley
When: Wedneaday, January 22nd @ 3:15pm ET
Line: Manchester United -250 | Draw +370| Burnley +750
Manchester United’s mission to get points out of Liverpool for the second time this season was unsuccessful. But on a positive note, they gave a bigger fight than what many other formidable sides have failed to do.
Even with Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay missing, they worked hard but just weren’t rewarded. They also failed to capitalize on a chance to creep closer to that Champions League position.
The Red Devils attempt to do that again when facing Burnley in mid-week. With Rashford ruled out for the next 2-3 months, their attack has been weakened even further. With the visitors coming into the game with confidence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must get the best out from whatever he has to keep their top-four dreams alive.
Manchester United Predicted XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Matic, Mata, James, Greenwood, Martial
Apart from Rashford, Pogba & McTominay aren’t expected to return before next month. Luke Shaw was subbed late on against Liverpool, indicating he might not make the Burnley game either.
Burnley Predicted XI
Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez
Burnley have a few injury worries of their own, with Ashley Barnes & Johann Gudmundsson most likely to miss the trip to Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Burnley Match Preview
There’s no point wallowing in misery after that loss. Regardless of having very limited options for the games ahead, OGS must get back to winning ways on Wednesday.
While the Liverpool defeat hurt them, watching his players’ never-say-die spirit must’ve impressed the Norwegian. Fred was especially industrious and is getting better with each passing month. Solskjaer still needs him to time his set-pieces to perfection, while also finding his team-mates ahead with more incisive passes.
Anthony Martial was devoid of proper delivery, as his heroics at left-wing proves he’ll be the one to fill in Rashford’s role. He has a great record against Burnley & should look to get back on track by bamboozling the visitors with his tricky movement. Daniel James also wants his momentum back, as he’ll look to run them ragged & improve his final product.
Mason Greenwood is guaranteed more starts now, as he must find a way to deal with Burnley’s physical defenders to prove his lethal finishing skills. Juan Mata is probably United’s most creative outlet currently. He’ll want to continue his bright run by plunging defence-splitting passes & tormenting Burnley with his unpredictable movement.
But United’s defenders must be stronger to keep themselves from getting bullied. Sean Dyche’s side plays a very old-school but effective style of lodging long balls into the box. The Red Devils have conceded 8 GOALS(!!) from corners this season- the most by any Premier League club. Burnley are at their most dangerous at set-pieces.
With Chris Wood’s aerial prowess, Dwight McNeil’s pin-point crossing & Jay Rodriguez’s clinical nature, Burnley will go all guns blazing to take points off the vulnerable hosts. Harry Maguire must prove his mettle as captain by thwarting out all danger alongside Victor Lindelof, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka & Brandon Williams must be strong in keeping out the crosses.
The Red Devils must be clinical with the chances they create. Nick Pope is an excellent shot-stopper who kept Leicester at bay on Sunday. Unless United’s attacking stars are decisive in clinically finishing off moves, they could be in for a frustrating outing.
Despite all the injuries, I still think United have enough firepower to continue their good run at home. It’ll be a grind, but I’ll go with a 2-1 hard-fought win for United.