United left it late to rescue a rather undeserved point at Upton Park at the weekend. Burnley are the visitors to Old Trafford, and United have home comforts in their favour as they look to get back to winning ways. The draw at Upton Park meant United maintained their place in the top 4 however, with Arsenal at home to Leicester on Tuesday, it remains to be seen whether we are still there come kick-off on Wednesday,
Burnley’s Last 5 (All Comps):
BURNLEY 2-2 West Brom
Sunderland 2-0 BURNLEY
BURNLEY 2-3 Crystal Palace
Tottenham 4-2 BURNLEY (FA Cup)
BURNLEY 2-1 QPR
Burnley have let two goal leads slip in the last 2 games they have scored in and, as you can see, their defence has been pretty porous of late, something which will give United every incentive to attack and go for goals.
United v Burnley- Last 3:
Burnley 0-0 United
United 3-0 Burnley: Berbatov, Rooney, Diouf
Burnley 1-0 United: Blake
Danny Ings: Burnley’s main source for goals is earning rave reviews for his seamless transition from free scorer in the Championship to Premier League life. Ings’ contract situation is attracting many glances from not only fellow Premier League teams, but there is also interest abroad- mainly from ex-United manager David Moyes. Ings is a livewire, his work-rate is infectious and is rubbing off on his team-mates- with Burnley leading the distances covered chart. Ings has 8 goals this campaign, which is a respectable total for a promoted side. Like Sakho and Valencia at the weekend, Ings will willingly run the channels and his pace and finishing will need to be accounted for- especially with 4 goals in his last 5 appearances.
Michael Carrick remains the only absentee through injury, Luke Shaw is suspended after his late red card at Upton Park. Ashley Young and Rafael came through the under 21 match last night and may feature in the match-day squad.
Burnley will be forced to make their first change in the lineup for 10 games as Dean Marney limped off at the weekend with a knee ligament injury and will miss the rest of the season. His replacement that day Michael Kightly is the most likely to replace him.
United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Fellaini, di Maria, Rooney, Mata; Van Persie, Falcao.
Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Keane, Shackell, Mee; Jones, Arfield, Boyd, Kightly; Barnes, Ings.
Referee: Kevin Friend.