Match Preview: Burnley v Manchester United

The reds’ Premier League campaign continues after their thrashing at MK Dons knocking them out of the League Cup at the first hurdle. United face newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor. Saturday could also see the debut of United’s record signing Angel di Maria. The reds need a lift big time and even though it’s only the third game of the season it almost seems like a must win.

United have scored only twice over the past games, and conceded 6 which poses a problem for Van Gaal on both sides of the pitch. Man Utd have had injury problems and even work permit problems with Marcos Rojo still not obtaining a work permit after joining a week and a half ago. It’s been well noted that there has to be in’s and out’s at United between now and 11pm on Monday and the outs have looked to have begun with Kagawa and Cleverley looking likely to leave. As for in’s well even twitter has looked to have dried up with rumours, the only one left seems to be Daley Blind from Ajax but Louis Van Gaal insists United are not done in the transfer window.

Burnley have started their season worse than us (I know it’s hard to believe). The Clarets have began the season with 3 straight defeats against Chelsea, Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday in the 2nd round of the League cup. Their season started well taking the lead against Chelsea, but, their fans we’re only on cloud 9 for a measly 3 minutes when Scott Arfield fire home in the 14th minute, new Chelsea star Diego Costa equalised in the 17th minute.

KO: 12:45 BST

Venue: Turf Moor

Date: 30th August 2014

Last Meeting:

Manchester United 3-0 Burnley

United gained revenge over the Burnley men at Old Trafford after their shock 1-0 win over United at Turf Moor in the second game of the 09/10 season. United won comfortably 3-0 with Rooney, Berbatov and current Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf getting their names on the scoresheet.

Injury News

Shinji Kagawa (Concussion), Chris Smalling (Groin/Pelvis), Ander Herrera (Ankle/Foot), Marouane Fellaini (Ankle/Foot), Jesse Lingard (Knee), Luke Shaw (Hamstring) Rafael (Groin/Pelvis), Michael Carrick (Ankle/Foot) and Marcos Rojo (No Work Permit)

See our predicted line-ups here.

Score Prediction

Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

I am slightly more confident on this game than i was with the Sunderland game and i don’t really know why. Hopefully di Maria starts and plays out of his skin because we need him badly right now.

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