Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to make changes to his lineup as Manchester United take on Burnley at Turf Moor, just over 48 hours after their emphatic Boxing Day victory over Newcastle.
The Reds will be looking to build some momentum with a second consecutive win, though Sean Dyche’s side will not make it easy for Solskjaer’s men.
United have struggled against teams with a low block this season and while four goals were scored yesterday, they were largely capitalising on the mistakes of the opposition. Solskjaer’s men could face similar creativity problems against a stubborn Burnley defence on Saturday evening.
But Paul Pogba’s return will give United a boost and he is almost certain to start in the absence of Scott McTominay who suffered an injury against Newcastle. We expect the Frenchman to start alongside Fred in midfield, with Andreas Pereira retaining his place in the number 10 role.
Alternatively, Jesse Lingard could return to the starting lineup if Solskjaer looks to freshen things up with a New Years Day fixture against Arsenal just around the corner.
Solskjaer will select a similar defence, but could start Ashley Young or Brandon Williams ahead of Luke Shaw, who was far from at his best against Newcastle.
Meanwhile, the United boss has a dilemma in who should start alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack. Daniel James could return on the right wing after being an unused sub on Boxing Day, and will be fresh and raring to go. But we think Solskjaer should stick with the in-form Mason Greenwood on the flank. Greenwood has been superb this season and scored another important goal against Newcastle. He could provide the cutting edge United need at Turf Moor.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, Fred, Pogba, Pereira, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.