Following their disappointing 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the atmosphere is somber at Old Trafford. This defeat compounded their early struggles in the Premier League, where they have suffered three losses in their first five fixtures.
Next up for the Red Devils is a clash with Burnley, who managed to secure their first point of the season against Nottingham Forest. Burnley’s return to the Premier League saw them endure three consecutive defeats before this breakthrough.
Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Premier League showdown between Burnley and Manchester United on Saturday evening.
Burnley will be without Lyle Foster due to his red card in the draw with Nottingham Forest, and manager Vincent Kompany will also miss the services of Michael Obafemi, Hjalmar Ekdal, and Darko Churlinov. The return of Jordan Beyer is anticipated, while Vitinho’s fitness will be evaluated before the match.
Eleven Manchester United players were absent during their trip to Munich on Wednesday, but fortunately, no new injuries were reported. The Turf Moor encounter may witness the return of some players, as Raphael Varane and Mason Mount have resumed training.
Sofyan Amrabat and Kobbie Mainoo conducted separate training sessions apart from the squad. However, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tyrell Malacia, and Amad Diallo remain sidelined due to significant injuries, and Harry Maguire’s recovery from a muscle issue is uncertain.
Antony and Jadon Sancho continue to be unavailable for selection due to off-field issues.
Score Prediction for Burnley vs. Manchester United
Both teams have faced a challenging start to the season. However, with the potential return of players like Varane and Mount to the matchday squad, Manchester United is still considered the favorites, albeit by a narrow margin.
Burnley has conceded the most goals in the division, tallying 12, despite playing one game less than most other teams, except Luton. They faced formidable opponents like Manchester City, Aston Villa, and Tottenham during this period.
While Manchester United has shown glimpses of promise in recent matches against Spurs, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich, they are yet to deliver a consistent 90-minute performance. With Rasmus Hojlund opening his account, United should have enough firepower to secure a tight victory.