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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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‘Phenomenal’ Sanchez interests United

Jose Mourinho admits there are 'some players in the football world' that a club like Manchester United must try and sign if available, with Alexis Sanchez amongst them.

The Chilean forward is out of contract at Arsenal this summer and is being widely linked with a move away from the Gunners during this month's transfer window.

Manchester City is believed to be the preferred destination for Sanchez, though the Premier League leaders are said to be unwilling to pay more than £20m for a player that will be a free agent in the summer. Arsenal are holding out for closer to £35m for their player.

Manchester United are looking on with interest from the sidelines and, while not keen to talk about Arsene Wenger's player, Mourinho admits the Red Devils have a duty to be on top of the situation if Sanchez is to become available.

"I don't think it's correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez," the Portuguese said.

"At the general level, what I can say is that myself and the Manchester United board, we don't believe a lot in the January market. We don't believe in signing players just to sign a player, just to do something. We don't believe in that.

"What we believe really is that there are some players in the football world, if you have a chance to sign them, it doesn't matter if it is in January, March or July, you have to try.

"But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don't say a word. The only word I can say is the same word that everybody says, he's a phenomenal player.

"Apart from that, (he's an) Arsenal player, I feel I shouldn't say much more than this."

Man United are 2/9 to beat Stoke on Monday night at Old Trafford. The Potters are 14/1 while the draw is 6/1.

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Ibra’s injury saddens Mourinho

Jose Mourinho thinks Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be able to return to training until the beginning of February.

The 36-year-old suffered a serious knee injury nine months ago but was able to play a handful of games in November and December before suffering a setback which has sidelined him again.

Mourinho said of the veteran Swedish star: "Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition. He fought like a tiger, like he likes to say, to be back, which he did.

"He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start, he had 60 minutes of one game and started another one, and had 45 [minutes], and he was not happy with his feelings.

"The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible."

United host Stoke City on Monday and could hand starts to Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick.

Valencia has not played since suffering an injury at West Brom on 17th December but Ashley Young is suspended.

Carrick has been out of action since the Carabao Cup victory against Burton Albion in September while Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is not expected to be available again until the end of January.

United are 2/9 to beat the Potters on Monday and 7/1 to win the match 3-0.

Striker injuries hamper Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been left with a major striking problem after Manchester United suffered injuries to both Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Lukaku had to be stretchered off during the goalless draw with Southampton on Saturday, having suffered a nasty-looking clash of heads with Saints defender Wesley Hoedt.

And, while Mourinho is upbeat that the injury is not too serious, he expects Lukaku to have to sit out the upcoming clashes with Everton and Derby County at the very least.

He told MUTV: "That's football, he was just unlucky. I think Hoedt goes with him for the ball and it's unlucky for Romelu and unlucky for Hoedt – it was nothing aggressive and, hopefully, nothing important.

"I know that normally bad, bad news arrives immediately – bad news didn't arrive. I think that there's a problem for the next two matches for sure."

Meanwhile, the injury to leading scorer Lukaku was compounded when Mourinho also confirmed that veteran Ibrahimovic is facing at least a month out of action after suffering renewed knee problems.

The former Sweden international had made seven appearances since returning for long-term knee injury, but was forced off at half-time of the 2-2 draw with Burnley and now faces another period of rehabilitation.

Mourinho added: "It's a massive problem. He is a 36-year-old with a bad knee."

With Marcus Rashford likely to move to centre-forward as cover, United head to Goodison Park on New Year's Day to take on Everton.

Last season this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw and the same scoreline this time around is priced at 6/1, while the Red Devils are 5/1 to win 1-0 and 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

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No rest for Lukaku

Jose Mourinho says that Romelu Lukaku is in need of a rest but says that he cannot afford to give him one and the striker will have to keep playing.

United host Southampton on Saturday by which time, depending on Chelsea's result earlier in the day, they could have dropped down to third in the Premier League table.

Whatever position they end Saturday in, they will remain a long way behind rivals City who currently have a 15-point lead at the top of the table.

It is increasingly looking like United's search for a first league title since Sir Alex Ferguson's time will carry on into next season.

But that does not mean that Lukaku will be given a rest despite a slowdown in his scoring rate.

He started his first season at Old Trafford in great form, scoring 11 goals in 10 games. However, he has only scored four in his last 19, but Mourinho insists he is too important a player to be given time off.

At a press conference ahead of the Southampton game, Mourinho said: "He has played 20 matches in the Premier League for 90 minutes. For any player that is absolutely incredible but if you are a central defender or holding midfielder, certain positions where you can control your energy or positional play a bit more, you can resist, survive.

"But for a striker in the Premier League, to play 90 minutes for 20 games, I have to be very grateful for his personality and his character.

"The guy is fantastic for me and for the team. He gives absolutely everything and I have no criticism. Can I give him a rest? No, I can't."

United are 4/11 to win on Saturday with the Saints 8/1 and the draw priced at 9/2.

Lukaku is 13/5 to score the first goal against Southampton while United are 14/1 to win the Champions League this season.

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This Exciting Match Is Really A Christmas Tradition

Manchester United vs Burnley

This fixture is between two of the great clubs of English football.

The global institution that are Manchester United and the proud founder members of the English Football League, the Lancastrian club which gave us their Academy and a pioneering figure in former chairman Bob Lord.

Football games between these two are always ones for the traditionalists and that they meet on Boxing Day – another English football tradition – is most fitting.

Of course, betting odds will favour the hosts who have much greater resources at their disposal.

Still, sports betting fans know that the resilience and spirit Burnley have shown under manager Sean Dyche have been mightily impressive. So impressive the Clarets travel to Old Trafford in seventh place in the table.

Indeed, their discipline and organisation at times have seen fans label Dyche as the ‘Ginger Mourinho’, the man he faces in the opposite dugout.

A low scoring affair could be expected, given the fact that Burnley have the third best defensive record away from home this season (nine goals shipped) – only runaway leaders Man City (five) and Chelsea (seven) have conceded fewer on their travels.

Both sides suffered injuries in the build-up with two Chrises – Chris Smalling for United and Chris Wood for Clarets – both in doubt after sustaining knocks at the weekend.

Despite a one-way traffic in which they faced 38 shots, Burnley frustrated United at Old Trafford in a goalless draw last season. Whether they can repeat that without suspended defender James Tarkowski is another matter.

United last lost to Burnley at home in 1962 but the Clarets have drawn five times at the Theatre of Dreams.
Will Christmas dreams come true for one of these clubs or is this destined to be another draw?

It’s a clash of the city slickers versus the town folk, yet in many aspects, they share the same principles.

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Wasteful United irk Mourinho

Jose Mourinho described his Manchester United players as 'childish' after they were held to a 2-2 draw at ten-man Leicester.

The Red Devils chief watched as his side threw away two points in the fourth minute of stoppage time at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night when Harry Maguire scored for the Foxes.

A Juan Mata brace had cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener for the hosts, before substitute Daniel Amartey was sent off after 73 minutes.

But United missed chances to kill off the ten men and were made to pay in the dying seconds of the game with the draw leaving them 13 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho was fuming with his players for not covering for injured defender Chris Smalling when he was caught out for Maguire's equaliser and his attackers were also slammed for not putting the game to bed.

He told Sky Sports: "We did everything to win but we lost big chances in front of the goal and not just big chances, also possession moments. I would say childish lost possession.

"In the end, no maturity because Smalling was in trouble, he comes out of the game, they put Maguire as an extra man but the players on the pitch cannot react and analyse the game and make a quick adjustment.

"So I think childish in our box and childish in their box. We were punished by our mistakes and what more can I say?"

Mourinho added: "In the second-half, as we all know, the result should be four, five, six. But the reality is that it's 2-2. Sometimes you make mistakes and you are not punished but we were punished.

"Easy match to win. We were punished with two points in an easy match to win."

Despite United's title hopes appearing to be dead in the water, Mourinho was adamant that he is a happy man.

"I feel great," he added. "Seriously. It's one thing to be angry as a manager and it is another to feel great as a man. I feel great, I work hard."

United are now 4/7 to win the Premier League without Manchester City, while they are 7/1 to not finish in the top four.

Rocking Robins see off United

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson hailed his players after they clinched a famous victory, defeating Manchester United 2-1 to reach the League Cup semi-finals.

Having already seen off Premier League sides Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace on the way to the last eight, the Robins took their biggest scalp of all as Korey Smith pounced in injury time to send the home fans at Ashton Gate into raptures.

And, with a semi-final showdown with Manchester City now on the cards, Johnson was almost lost for words for the way his team had responded to the challenge of taking on and beating the Red Devils.

An elated Johnson admitted afterwards: "It's an overwhelming feeling of pride, to beat Manchester United is incredible. It has been a long time since we had a result like that at Ashton Gate.

"To beat Manchester United at home is an historic occasion. That Korey Smith goal at the end will live in the memory for many generations, total euphoria.

"You don't beat Manchester United if you're Bristol City unless every man is doing a man-and-a-half's job."

Bristol City are now 40/1 to win the League Cup, with Manchester City 1/2 and Chelsea, who face Arsenal in the other semi-final, 7/2.

Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho added that City had been fortunate to claim the victory, but had deserved to do so due to their efforts in the game.

He told reporters: "They were a bit lucky but they fought a lot to be lucky. Everyone was waiting for our goal, so they were lucky – we hit the post twice.

"But they played brilliantly, they fought like it was the game of their lives, which probably it was. In the first half we lacked the intensity that they had, physically and mentally."

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Mourinho says United in control

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that his side controlled the game and deserved to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns.

United won 2-1 with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard while Gareth Barry scored a late goal for the Baggies to give them hope of rescuing a point.

However, it wasn't to be and United get the three points which slightly reduces Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points.

West Brom meanwhile are in trouble, staying second bottom in the table two points off safety.

United's goals came in an eight-minute spell midway through the first half, Lukaku scoring against his old club with a header and Lingard doubling their lead.

Barry popped up to pull one back, Albion's first goal in four games with 13 minutes left but, despite late pressure they slumped to another defeat and have now not won in 17 games.

Mourinho, after the game, said that his team deserved the win. He told Sky Sports: "We deserved the win. We were the best team. I knew and the players knew that West Brom is very dangerous on set-pieces.

"We controlled the game for a long, long time, then manager Alan Pardew reacts. We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react.

"The intensity in the first half maybe we didn't have in the second half. West Brom are really powerful in the air. But after their goal we controlled the game again. We brought the ball into the opposition half."

United are back in action in midweek when they play away at Championship side Bristol City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

United are 3/10 for the win with City 17/2 to cause a shock. United are 3/1 to win the EFL Cup at Wembley next year.

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Baggies can make their point

Manager Alan Pardew admits his West Brom side would likely settle for a point before Sunday's home clash with Manchester United at the Hawthorns.

Pardew described the midweek point taken from a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool as 'gold dust' and he says a similar outcome against the Red Devils would be welcomed.

The Baggies boss however has rubbished any suggestion that his team will attempt to 'park the bus' when second-placed Man United come calling.

West Brom could be boosted by the return of Matt Phillips and Gareth Barry following respective hamstring and thigh injuries but they'll remain without Nacer Chadli, Craig Dawson and James Morrison.

His side are second-bottom in the table but Pardew says there have been positives since he succeeded Tony Pulis last month. They must, however, start getting victories on the board.

"There's a pressure for us to start winning games and if that comes on Sunday against Manchester United, then all well and good," said Pardew.

"Before the game, would I take a point? I probably would, but it all depends on the context of the game.

"We've shown ambition. It's not like we've parked the bus. We've tried to get at teams and I think we did a good job of that at Liverpool. We can take encouragement from that going into the Manchester United game."

West Brom are 11/2 to win at the Hawthorns, with Man United 3/5 and the draw 3/1.

West Brom have lost eight of their 11 Premier League home games against Manchester United.

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