Why Sean Dyche will believe his Burnley side can upset Manchester United
Burnley will not have played for 18 days ahead of tomorrow night’s clash at Manchester United, but Sean Dyche will believe his side can cause an upset.
The Clarets were last in action when they drew 0-0 against West Ham United on 12 December.
Since then, matches against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton have all been postponed due to Covid-19 issues.
Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils made their return to action in Monday night’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.
That was our first match for 16 days and we looked considerably off the pace and produced a lacklustre performance at St James’ Park.
With Dyche’s men scrapping for survival, it’s highly unlikely that they will be as poor as what United were despite going longer without a game.
Dyche has a good record at Old Trafford
Speaking after Manchester United’s poor display on Tyneside, Sky Sports pundit and former player Gary Neville felt that if Rangnick’s side produced a similar performance against Burnley, they would be ‘found out’ by the Turf Moor side.
Despite having the experience of Raphael Varane returning to the starting line-up against Eddie Howe’s side, United looked a disjointed outfit which lacked cohesion and togetherness.
We looked fragile and vulnerable at the back and Burnley are more than capable of exposing our weaknesses.
If the Red Devils don’t stand up to the physical challenge Burnley will no doubt pose, we could be in for a difficult evening and rude awakening.
With former Manchester United academy player Dwight McNeil whipping in teasing crosses for the likes of Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez, United are going to have to be on their mettle.
And if Maxwel Cornet is fit enough to feature, Dyche’s side possess a player who is capable of real moments of quality.
Burnley may have lost their last meeting to Old Trafford, but prior to April’s 3-1 loss, Dyche had gone four games without defeat at the Theatre of Dreams, after tasting defeat on his first trip, back in February 2015.
United have succumbed to Burnley before. In January 2020, Wood and Rodriguez both scored in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
That game was the last time Phil Jones featured in the Premier League for Manchester United.
After a flat performance against the Magpies last time out, United have to respond with a comprehensive and dominant display against the Clarets.
Cristiano Ronaldo set to face Burnley for first time
After an off-colour night against the Toon Army, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to end 2021 by doing what he does best.
If Rangnick resists temptation to rest the 36-year-old, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will face Burnley for the first time in his career.
Following his rescue act on Monday, Edinson Cavani could make his third start of the season, possibly even alongside Ronaldo.
Playing against the Clarets for the first time will see Ronaldo come up against the physically imposing centre back partnership of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.
The great Portuguese will have to expect some rough treatment, but if he is given a sniff of goal you will fancy him to add Burnley to his ever-growing endless list of teams he’s scored against throughout his glittering career.
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