Manchester United vs Burnley Prediction (22-01-2020)
Does Manchester United possess any fear factor without Marcus Rashford? On the evidence of the display at Anfield on Sunday, the answer to that question is “no”. Anthony Martial carved out and missed one glorious opportunity against Liverpool in the second half but with Rashford gone for a while and Paul Pogba out once again, the attacking burden now seems to lie solely on the young French shoulders of Martial.
They will still welcome Burnley to Old Trafford as hot favourites this week, with a win potentially taking them within two points of that elusive fourth place currently being occupied by Chelsea.
With Daniel James and Andreas Pereira putting in less than inspiring performances, recalls for youngster Mason Greenwood and the previously in form Juan Mata could be on the cards for a United side looking to bounce back straight away. Fred is undoubtedly their best player at this moment in time. What a turnaround for the Brazilan.
Burnley will arrive at Old Trafford as firm underdogs but will see this as their best chance of coming away from Manchester with a point (or three), especially after the morale boosting win over Leicester on Sunday. They will look to frustrate a United side lacking in creativity before hitting them on the break.
The win on Sunday gave Sean Dyche’s Clarets some much needed breathing space ahead of the bottom three. They will look to capitalise on their strength on set pieces during their visit to Old Trafford.
The aforementioned Anthony Martial is the only player out of either side we would be comfortable in backing to score at any time during this match. A low scoring Manchester United win is on the cards. Having said that, Burnley’s strength is Manchester United’s greatest weakness.
No other Premier League side has conceded more goals from set pieces than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. A Burnley goal from a corner or a free kick is well worth a punt.