Burnley vs Manchester United
Manchester United make the short trip to Burnley on Saturday in search of three points. And there’s one man who, if on form, can make their victory certain.
The Red Devils are a different team when Paul Pogba is fit, and the big Frenchman will aim to dominate a tough Burnley outfit to ensure United come away from Turf Moor with a result.
The last five league football games between Burnley and Manchester United have yielded three draws, with the Reds winning the other two. So while betting odds suggest an away win, it’s by no means certain. The Boxing Day fixture at Old Trafford was a close encounter: Jesse Lingard equalised in injury time to grab a 2-2 draw, so Sean Dyche’s team, characteristically, will show no fear.
Defender James Tarkowski is back alongside Ben Mee to form a formidable partnership, as Burnley conceded less than a goal a game in the climb to seventh. But the Red Devils arrive at Turf Moor in some form with back-to-back wins, beating Stoke comfortably on Monday, while the Clarets are without a win in six.
Burnley have taken tricky Spurs winger Georges-Kevin N’koudou on loan, and he could make a start. But while the Clarets will try to take the game to United, they have a mighty job to keep the Red Devils at bay. In addition to Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial provide a cutting edge.
But Paul Pogba is the man. United are vulnerable when he is absent or has an off day, so there’ll be fingers crossed in Burnley.
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