Fresh off their emphatic victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day, Manchester United travel to Burnley in search of their fourth victory on the spin at Turf Moor.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday, 28th December
Kick-off: 20: 45 UK time
Venue: Turf Moor
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Manchester United looked on course for a Christmas hangover when Matty Longstaff struck inside the opening 17 minutes on Boxing Day, four days after the shocking loss to Watford. But they recovered in style, Anthony Martial helping himself to a brace while Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford added further goals in a 4-1 result that cut the gap to Chelsea to four.
The victory was far from convincing, perhaps but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team having earned their seventh league win will aim to build on it, as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Only once have the Red Devils won away from home in their last five games in all tournaments, but can be backed to claim a routine one here, as such had been the case each time they had visited Burnley since April 2017.
Burnley came unstuck at Everton on the same day, narrowly losing out 1-0 to the Merseyside club, a defeat coming just after they had strung together a pair of 1-0 wins.
Manager Sean Dyche would no doubt, have demanded a lot more from his charges against a team like Everton but will now have to rally his team for the visit of their prestigious opponents.
The Clarets are winless against Manchester United in their last nine meetings, conceding 15 goals during that streak and scoring just five.
Jeff Hendrick is back in contention after serving his suspension.
Aaron Lennon and Ben Gibson are the only doubts for Dyche’s side.
There are no new injury worries for United but Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are still unavailable.
Head to head
In 128 previous meetings, Manchester United have the upper hand with 61 wins to Burnley’s 44. 23 games have been drawn.
There have been under 2.5 goals in each of the last six games between these two sides at the Turf Moor in all competitions.
Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in their last four away fixtures versus Burnley in all competitions.
Burnley’s results have been erratic, with two wins and four losses in their last six games. They remain six points clear of the drop zones, however. Burnley’s last five league games (LLWWL)
Manchester United bounced back from the disappointing loss to Watford and are odds-on to claim another victory over Burnley. Manchester United’s last five league games (WWDLW)
United had started rather slowly in recent games but with the momentum they had gathered in their latest victory, can be backed to be quick off the blocks here.
The gulf in quality between both sides is considerably much, and I’d expect the Red Devils take in a first half lead/full time for 21/10.
Anthony Martial is very much proving to have goals in him every now and then. He was on song the last time he suited up for this fixture, and can be backed to score anytime at 6/4