Manchester United host Burnley at Old Trafford in the Premier League this weekend (kick-off Saturday at 15:00 BST). Jose Mourinho will be hoping to continue the club’s winning ways after beating Manchester City in the EFL Cup midweek.
In beating Pep Guardiola’s title favourites on Wednesday night, the Reds should have enough momentum to deliver a result on Saturday, especially given Burnley is a side struggling on the road this season. Burnley are one of three Premier League clubs without a win away from home this season.
The Clarets arrive to Old Trafford on the back of a dramatic late win over Everton last weekend, but it was only their third victory from nine this season. Currently sitting 14th on 10 points. Ex-Reds Tom Heaton and Michael Keane, both of whom have been called up by England since leaving United, are likely to feature on Saturday.
In terms of sheer quality, United should win this game at a canter. Consequently, fans will be more eager to see a win at all costs after a run of inconsistent form. Standing that trend on its head in the run-up to Christmas could make up lost ground on the five-team logjam at the top of the table.
Mourinho is without the services of Eric Bailly, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones. A doubtful Marouane Fellaini will be assessed closer to kick-off.
View from the managers
Jose Mourinho: “The performance was good [against City]. It was not phenomenal, but it was good. What was phenomenal was the spirit, the effort, and the solidarity. This is the minimum that we can give to the fans.”
Sean Dyche: (flattering to deceive) “For all the noise that’s been made about the ups and downs of Manchester United over the past couple of weeks, they’re still a fine side. I look at the manager, the club, the players they’ve got, and they’re still a super strong group of people operating at the highest level. I’d be very surprised if this group of players is not still a very, very strong group and a group to be reckoned with over the course of the season.”
Get the best United betting odds before the game with the safest bet being a home win. It is also worth noting that Burnley have conceded 3 goals in each of their previous 3 away outings in the Premier League. United win and over 2.5 goals scored seems likely.
Manchester United 2-0 Burnley: The Claret’s bad run on the road is likely to be worsened at Old Trafford this weekend, but United are yet to click as a team under their new manager. Fans want to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan. This a game in which the Reds should dominate possession. As such, it would be an ideal occasion for the attack-minded Armenian to bed himself in
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Saturday 29 October (15:00 BST unless stated)
Sunderland v Arsenal – 12:30
West Brom v Manchester City
Tottenham v Leicester
Watford v Hull
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Liverpool – 17:30
Sunday 30 October
Everton v West Ham – 13:30
Southampton v Chelsea – 16:00
Monday 31 October
Stoke v Swansea – 20:00