Preview - Manchester United vs Burnley 23 January 20

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Match Day 23
Manchester United vs. Burnley
Thursday, January 23rd 2020
04:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.57
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Marcus Rashford (14)

Burnley:
Last five matches form: L L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.13
Average goals against per match: 1.65
Top Scorer: Chris Wood (9)

With Chelsea dropping a couple of points at home to ten-man Arsenal elsewhere on Match Day 24 in the Premier League, Manchester United have the opportunity to close the gap to Frank Lampard's fourth placed Blues to just three points should they pick up a win in this home clash with Burnley. With Sean Dyche's men arriving on a high having beaten Leicester City last time out though, this is unlikely to be entirely straightforward.

Manchester United came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when picking up a 2-0 win at Turf Moor. Burnley did do well to earn a 2-2 draw in the game here last season though.

Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelöf look like missing out for the home side. Ashley Barnes and Jóhann Gudmundsson are side-lined for Burnley.

Manchester United were predictably no match for Liverpool last time out, but should take some positives from what was a fair performance, and would look to face a significantly easier assignment here. They are unbeaten in their past nine in front of their own fans, hitting two or more goals in five of their last six here.

That win over Leicester ended a run of four successive league defeats for Burnley. It has largely been a struggle on the road though with only two wins in eleven - scoring more than once on only two occasions.

Burnley can be a stubborn side, and could frustrate United here if able to keep it tight early, with that absence of Rashford being a big blow for the home side. We wouldn't be all that surprised to see a low scoring draw in this one.


Prediction: Manchester United 1 - 1 Burnley

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 24 - 5
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 72% - 28%


Two bookings at Old Trafford, both for the away side, with Charlie Taylor and Ashley Westwood being the men to have their names taken by referee Jonathan Moss.


A shock result in Manchester and a predictable slating for the side and the manager in the aftermath. That is all perhaps just a little unfair though. True they weren't great - particularly in the second half - but they still racked up close to three-quarters of possession and 24 total attempts. Burnley for their part had two efforts on target, and scored with them both. Sometimes that's just the way it goes.


United were pressing early. Anthony Martial failing to connect properly with a low ball from the right, and messing up another excellent chance,  and Daniel James seeing a header clear the crossbar.


Burnley had been looking dangerous from set-pieces though, and it was they who took the lead in the 39th minute. A free kick from deep on the right being nodded down in the left of the area and Chris Wood sweeping home on the volley into the left-hand side from around seven yards out to the left. 0-1 at the break.


Eleven minutes into the second half Burnley doubled their advantage. Wood with the nod down this time to find Jay Rodriguez in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box. Great finish from Rodriguez, thumping in high to the top left corner - the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar.


Very little from United from that point really. 0-2 final score.


No change for Manchester United who remain in fifth spot and six points adrift of Chelsea in the race for the Champion's League. Big win for Burnley though. They move up to thirteenth and are now seven points clear of the drop.

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