Four changes Manchester United have to make against Burnley
Manchester United are scheduled to face Burnley on Thursday night in the team’s final match of 2021.
Hopefully United can end the calendar year on a high note, with the game at Old Trafford a good test for Ralf Rangnick’s side against an awkward opponent.
With this game coming as United’s second in the matter of four days, expect changes, including one enforced by suspension. Here is a look at four alterations Rangnick could make.
Nemanja Matic in for Fred
Burnley’s physicality and threat from set pieces makes it likely Nemanja Matic will come back into Manchester United’s midfield to partner Scott McTominay.
Fred will miss out and that won’t be a surprise considering he was hooked at half-time against Newcastle.
United need to control the game better than in the recent away games against Norwich and Newcastle and Matic’s re-introduction should help the team to do so.
Edinson Cavani in for Mason Greenwood
Edinson Cavani returned to action with a goal and now has two in his last two appearances. The Ronaldo and Greenwood partnership is yet to take off.
The front two of Ronaldo and Cavani is United’s best, and the Uruguayan can fire up the Old Trafford crowd.
While he is fit and available, United need to make good use of Cavani and he will be ready for the challenge Burnley pose, leading the line alone against them last season in the away fixture.
Jadon Sancho in for Marcus Rashford
It is overdue for Manchester United to drop Marcus Rashford and he did not look suited to playing the deeper role against Newcastle.
United should bring Jadon Sancho back into the team. The winger showed some bright sparks against Newcastle in the second half and the team need his invention.
The team need him to step up as a creative force with Bruno Fernandes suspended for the fixture.
Donny van de Beek in for Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes will miss the game after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season. The only question is over who replaces him.
£35 million midfielder Donny van de Beek will hope to get the nod and play in an advanced role for the first time under Ralf Rangnick.
Getting to partner Sancho as a supporting duo in a 4-2-2-2 could help bring out the best in the Dutchman.
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