Manchester United face Burnley tonight (22/1) at Old Trafford. This is the second time the two teams meet within a month.

United won the game in December 2-0, and that may sound comfortable, but the match was a hard fought one.

We are without Marcus Rashford through injury, the goalscorer of United’s second injury time goal which saw out the win.

Burnley drew 2-2 with United at Old Trafford last season and can be awkward opponents. Just ask high flying Leicester, who they beat 2-1 at the weekend.

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Coping with Rashford’s absence

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quizzed about Rashford’s absence in his press conference. One of the players he said he expected to step up was Juan Mata.

This makes a start for the Spaniard likely, to offer some guidance to a young attack.

It is not ideal to be starting Mason Greenwood against a Burnley side which put in some very robust challenges in the first game, but we expect the teenager to feature in a front three with Anthony Martial and Dan James.

This would mean Andreas Pereira would drop out, after a poor game against Liverpool. It should be noted though that he provided the assist for Anthony Martial for the opener at Turf Moor.

 

Nemanja Matic was excellent in the first game between the teams, and he is likely to feature alongside Fred again.

Back four

We expect United to revert to a back four here against Burnley after experimenting with three centre-backs against Liverpool.

Victor Lindelöf missed training with illness and we expect Eric Bailly to come in for the Swede and make his return.

Providing he is fit, Luke Shaw could replace Brandon Williams if Solskjaer looks to make a change, with the teenager now starting five consecutive games.

Diogo Dalot is another name to throw into the mix too, although we would expect him to be on the bench.

This team would see three personnel changes from the Liverpool game. Greenwood, Mata and Bailly in, with Pereira, Williams and Lindelöf out.

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