Friday 28 October 2016

Match preview: United v Burnley

United manager Jose Mourinho has warned his side not to underestimate a "dangerous" Burnley side ahead of the visit of Sean Dyche's newly promoted Clarets.

The midweek derby win restored confidence and belief, but Jose said he expects a "difficult" challenge from our Lancashire neighbours. 

"In the last seven matches we lost one,  it's better to lose one match 4-0 than four matches 1-0, it is three points, so our run of results is not bad.
"We lost two points against Stoke which was our best match of the season in terms of opportunities and chance creation.
"We are a team in process, we will not do this in three or four months, in this moment we will take it game by game and Burnley will be very difficult- they are dangerous. 
"The last match we played against City was very good so I hope we can continue that on Saturday."

Burnley will arrive in Manchester off the back of a dramatic injury time win over Everton last time out-step forward Scott Arfield- to earn their third victory from nine so far (they've also beaten Liverpool and Watford, both with a 2-0 scoreline).

Currently sat in 14th place, they are one of three sides yet to win on the road this season and have only scored once away from home having collected all ten of their points at Turf Moor. 

They will look to their form at home as key to their survival in a bid to become an established Premier League side having become something of a 'yo yo' club in recent years. 

Their first year back in the top flight in 2009 was swiftly followed by an immediate relegation.

History repeated in 2014 when they were promoted- then relegated- again before 'the Ginger Mourinho' Dyche led them to the Championship title last term to seal an instant return to the Premier League. 

 Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are injured while Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling are doubtful.
Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Tim Fosu-Mensah also missed the midweek cup win but all are fit are could feature.
Andre Gray is available again after suspension- with Ashley Barnes and Stephen Ward also back in contention- but Steven Defour is doubtful.

George Boyd has recovered from injury and could join former United Academy graduates Michael Keane and Tom Heaton in the Burnley line-up for our first 3 pm kick off this season. 

Form guide: United W D D W L W Burnley D L W L L W 
Match odds: United 2/9 Draw 11/8 Burnley 35/1 
Referee: Mark Clattenburg 

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