With confidence at rock bottom following a shocking FA Cup elimination at the hands of Middlesbrough, Manchester United go to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
Despite fielding his best line-up against second-tier opposition, Ralf Rangnick witnessed his side drop a 1-0 half-time lead and eventually bow out via penalties.
Back to the Premier League, the Red Devils will be looking to register three victories in a row for the first time under the German’s stewardship, having defeated West Ham United and Brentford in their last two outings.
Even though United’s performances under Rangnick’s tenure have flattered to deceive, they head into proceedings occupying the final Champions League spot.
But with closest followers breathing down their neck, the three-time European champions can ill-afford to get complacent.
Standing in Man United’s way are basement boys Burnley, who are gearing up for their 5,000th game in English league football since the foundation of the football league in 1888.
The Clarets are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, but with three games in hand on 17th-placed Norwich City, a three-point gap looks well within reach.
However, it is worth noting that Sean Dyche’s men have only won one of their 19 league fixtures this season, less than any other side in England’s top-flight.
Burnley vs Manchester United Head-to-Head
Man United own a formidable H2H record against Burnley of late, with just one defeat from their last 14 meetings in the top flight (W9, D4).
The Red Devils have won each of their last five Premier League encounters against the Clarets at Turf Moor without conceding a single goal.
Indeed, just one of United’s ten H2H goals conceded in the Premier League against Burnley has come away from home, courtesy of Robbie Blake’s winner in August 2009.
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Playing on Tuesdays suits Man United well, as they have won 34 (61%) of their 56 Premier League fixtures on this day, which stands for an absolute record in the competition’s history.
Adding to the travelling support’s confidence, the Red Devils have only lost one of their ten top-flight games since parting ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November (W6, D3).
Since falling to a dismal 4-1 defeat at Watford in Solskjaer’s farewell match in charge, Cristiano Ronaldo and co have gone unbeaten in all five league travels (W2, D3).
Despite Man United’s topsy-turvy campaign, it is hard to make a case for them not to find the net at Turf Moor after scoring in all 11 Premier League away games this season.
But it takes United quite a bit to find their rhythm on the road, as witnessed by the fact that only four (22%) of their 18 away league goals scored this season arrived before half-time.
With Alex Telles and Fred unavailable for this match, United will be thankful for having Paul Pogba fit again to slot into midfield, while Edinson Cavani should make the bench.
Burnley vs Manchester United Predicted Line-ups
Burnley (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Connor Roberts, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Dwight McNeil, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Maxwel Cornet; Jay Rodriguez, Wout Weghorst.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga; Cristiano Ronaldo.
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