Preview - Burnley vs Manchester United 03 September 18

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Match Day 4
Burnley vs Manchester United
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Burnley:   
Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 0.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.03
Top Scorer 17/18: Chris Wood (10)
 
Manchester United:
Last five matches form: D W W L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.79
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.74
Top Scorer 17/18: Romelu Lukaku (16)

Two sides who have endured a start to the season that has fallen way below expectations do battle this weekend, as Jose Mourinho and Manchester United travel to Turf Moor to take on Sean Dyche and Burnley.

Burnley were dumped out of the Europa League in midweek but that may yet prove a blessing in disguise as they look a side ill equipped to deal with the demanding group stage of that competition. The highlight of their Premier League campaign to date has been a goalless draw away to Southampton on the opening day, with the side having uncharacteristically conceded seven goals in just two games since.

We all know that things aren't well at Manchester United at present, with a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford being the latest poor result to befall the Red Devils. This isn't a vastly different side to the one who finished runners up last season though and it is surely only a matter of time before they rediscover the winning thread.

Nick Pope, Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are out for Burnley. Phil Jones is the only confirmed absentee for United.

Manchester United were admittedly awful in their last away game at Brighton. Despite the end result, they were however much better against Tottenham on Monday night, and who knows, the outcome may have been considerably different had Romelu Lukaku not missed an early sitter. If they are to able to come close to the level shown in the first 30 minutes of that Old Trafford game, they will likely have too much for Burnley.

Prediction: Burnley 1 - 3 Manchester United

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  8 - 16
Shots on target: 4 - 10
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 44% - 56%

Dwight McNeil and Phil Bardsley saw yellow for Burnley. Alexis Sanchez, Luke Shaw and Romelu Lukaku saw yellow for United who also had Marcus Rashford shown a straight red card by referee Jonathan Moss.

This looked a good opportunity for Manchester United to steady the ship following their rocky start to the season, and they didn't pass it up.

The opening goal of the game came after 27 minutes. Excellent deep cross from Alexis Sanches to find Romelu Lukaku rising highest at the far post to send a powerful header past Joe Hart.

Just before the half time interval, Lukaku was at it again. Jesse Lingard striking at goal from the edge of the box and seeing his effort deflect of one and then two Burnley defenders before dropping fortuitously for Lukaku around seven yards from goal. Swift reactions from the big man to sweep into the bottom corner.

United had the chance to put the game well and truly to bed in the 69th minute when awarded a penalty. Paul Pogba struck low and at least towards the corner but Hart was up to the task and saved well.

You do wonder about these footballers sometimes. Following a spate of red cards for players thrusting their heads into the faces of an opponent, quite what Marcus Rashford was thinking when doing just that in the 71st minute, only he knows. Anyway, red card and off he went.

That made United's task tougher in theory at least, but even with ten men they still created the better chances and never looked in any serious danger.

Worrying times for Burnley as they continue to struggle at both ends of the pitch.




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