Manchester United will face Burnley at Turf Moore on Tuesday night. After the disappointment that was the FA Cup fourth-round defeat against Middlesbrough, Ralf Ragnick and his men would be looking to bounce back against Burnley. Manchester United will be hoping for a maximum of 3 points as their battle for the top 4 continues.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s side lost 8-7 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes, so they will be under pressure to get a result against the Clarets and get back on track.
However, United have turned a corner in recent weeks, winning their last two Premier League matches, beating Brentford and West Ham, meaning they will be looking for a third consecutive league victory this season.
To add to that Turf Moore has been a happy hunting ground for the red devils as they have won 5 times in a row at the venue. United needs to win this game to steady their boat which is seaming to fall apart.
Burnley have lost their last three games against Manchester United, including a 1-0 defeat in the corresponding match last season, and have not beaten the Red Devils at home since their famous 1-0 victory in August 2009, which proved to be the first-ever Premier League game between the two sides.
Manchester United and Burnley have met 15 times in the Premier League, with the Reds winning nine times. United have won four of these victories at Old Trafford and five at Turf Moor, which should bode well for Rangnick’s side heading into Tuesday’s match.
Burnley, on the other hand, has only managed two victories during this period, with the Reds triumphant in each of the last five.
Manchester United have won thrice in their last 6 matches and are currently fourth on the table. Their 1-0 win over West Ham before the break, which saw Marcus Rashford scoring late to secure a huge three points will be a positive thought, heading into this one.
The visitors will be looking for their third straight league victory on Tuesday night.
Burnley in their last 6 encounters has drawn thrice and lost thrice.
They missed out on a chance to move off the bottom of the Premier League table on Saturday, as they drew 0-0 with Watford at Turf Moor; the Clarets also drew 0-0 with Arsenal before the break, but the strugglers have only won one league game this season.
Despite their difficulties this season, Burnley has two games in hand on both 19th-placed Newcastle United and 18th-placed Watford, as well as three games in hand on Norwich, so it is not yet time for the team to panic.
This will be Burnley’s 5000th league game in English football since the Football League was founded in 1888. The Clarets are only the second club to reach the milestone, following Preston North End.
Burnley have lost their last five home Premier League matches against Manchester United without scoring a single goal. The only side to win six consecutive away league games against the Clarets in their entire league history is Wolves between 1983 and 2002.
Manchester United has won 34 of their 56 Premier League games played on Tuesdays (61%), giving them both the most outright victories and highest win rate on this day in the competition’s history.
Manchester United should win this game with the quality of players that they have, but it will not be easy. Ralf Ragnick’s side has been good in the premier league but their recent form has been turbulent.
Although they have a good history at the venue, getting a result away from home will be difficult.
Man United can hope their star man Cristiano will again be the answer to all their hurdles.
Almost always, all battles are fought hard at Turf Moore and this won’t be any different. Red Devils will have to show their grit and determination to get over this one.