Manchester United punched their ticket to the Europa League semifinals with a commanding 2-0 win over Granada at Old Trafford on Thursday night. They will face Serie A’s Roma in the semifinals of the Europa League. The Red Devils now turn their attention back to the Premier League with just 11 points separating them from Manchester City at the top of the table.
If Pep Guardiola’s team are not focused on the league after they qualified for the Champions League semifinals, the Red Devils could catch them. On Sunday afternoon, Manchester United will welcome 16th-place Burnley to Old Trafford with three big points up for grabs. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team win, they will move to within eight points of Manchester City – who play in the FA Cup semifinals versus Chelsea this weekend.
Burnley are seven points above the relegation zone and are not out of danger yet. The Clarets have a game in hand over 18th-place Fulham which could be the breath of fresh air needed to keep them in the Premier League for at least another season.
A win at home for Manchester United is not a foregone conclusion. Burnley went to Old Trafford last season and claimed a shock 2-0 win, scoring in both halves. The Red Devils managed just a mere 1-0 win at Turf Moor in the reverse fixture this season. Paul Pogba’s 71st-minute goal gave Manchester United the narrow win.
Manchester United vs Burnley Odds
The last nine league matches between Manchester United and Burnley all finished with the away team getting a result. The home team have not won in nine straight games between the two clubs. The home team have not won in the series of matches versus Manchester United and Burnley since the 2014-15 Premier League campaign. That was the last time that the Red Devils won at Old Trafford against Burnley.
Since then, they have failed to win four straight games against Burnley at home with three of those games ending in draws and won (last season) in a victory. Can Burnley snatch another point at Old Trafford? They are a bogey team for Manchester United when playing at the Theatre of Dreams.
Burnley took just five points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League. They were outscored 12 to five during that time period. The team’s last two matches ended in losses to Southampton 3-2 and Newcastle United 2-1.
Solskjaer’s team are at the top of the Premier League form table. They took 14 points from 18 possible and are on a four-game winning streak. They outscored opponents over the course of those last six games eight to two. Manchester United are favourites to win at home versus Burnley at odds of 4/11. Bookies have Burnley at odds of 9/1 to pull off a second straight win at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Burnley Team News
Solskjaer has two players on the Manchester United injury list going into the game. Anthony Martial is still recovering from a knee injury sustained on international duty in March. No return date has been given for the Frenchman. Centre-back Eric Bailly could be available after recovering from a positive COVID-19 test.
Manchester United players Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Scott McTominay were suspended for the Europa League second leg against Granada in midweek. The trio will be available for selection on Sunday against Burnley. Solskjaer is also likely to bring Marcus Rashford back into the starting XI. The forward was rested for the entire 90 minutes on Thursday night versus Burnley.
Sean Dyche could be without goalkeeper Nick Pope for the fixture. Pope has a shoulder injury, but could be available for the game. If Pope cannot go, Bailey Peacock-Farrell or Will Norris could take the place in goal.
Striker Jay Rodriguez is nearing a return following an absence due to personal issue. Rodriguez scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford last term. Kevin Long is a doubt following a calf injury. Meanwhile, Dyche is without Robbie Brady and Ashley Barnes due to injuries. Striker Chris Wood has seven goals this season. Of players playing for teams outside of the “big six”, Wood is second in the league amongst those 14 teams in shot accuracy with 70.7%.
Manchester United vs Burnley Prediction
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Sunday’s game is unlikely to be a high-scoring affair. Burnley do not score many goals. They have just 25 in the Premier League in 2020-21, which is the third-fewest of any team. The last three matches between these clubs in the Premier League finished with both teams not finding the back of the net.
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The reverse fixture between Manchester United and Burnley didn’t see a goal until the 71st minute. The teams went into halftime level at nil-nil. Five of the last 11 matches between the clubs in the Premier League dating back to 2014-15, saw the game’s halftime result as draws. Each of those five games were nil-nil at the break. Four of Manchester United’s last eight games in all competitions saw the halftime result as a draw.
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The last three fixtures between Manchester United and Burnley finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Burnley are a defensive side and struggle in the final third with just 25 goals scored in 31 games – they average just 0.81 goals per game. The Red Devils have allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the Premier League. They have allowed 34 goals or 1.1 goals per game. Four of their last six league games ended with under 2.5 goals.
Can Manchester United end the trend of the away team getting results when these teams play in the league? Burnley have played well against Manchester United over the years, but they have lost two games on the bounce in the league. They have won just four times on the road this season. The Red Devils should end Burnley’s four-game unbeaten run in the league at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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