3 Key Battles That Could Decide Manchester United's Clash With Burnley on Tuesday

High flying Burnley travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday to take on Manchester United as Sean Dyche's side look to edge closer to a potential top four birth.


Despite a disappointing 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, Burnley have been a surprise package this season, sitting in seventh in the table, three points adrift of top four.


Manchester United on the other hand have had a rather underwhelming season, sitting 13th points behind league leaders Manchester City.


Both sides have a lot on the line going into the clash and here are three key battles that could decide the game:


3. Romelu Lukaku Vs Ben Mee

Summer signing Romelu Lukaku has had a mixed start to his career at Old Trafford. The Belgian forward had a great beginning under Mourinho but has since had a dry spell in the goals department.


The clash against Burnley will be the perfect opportunity for Lukaku to get back on the score sheet and reignite his scoring touch which made him so prolific in front of goal.


The Belgian's strength, speed and finishing will cause all kinds of problems for English centre-back Ben Mee who will be without his regular defensive partner James Tarkowski.

2. Paul Pogba vs Jack Cork

Paul Pogba's return to the starting lineup has shown mixed results for the Reds, as he was a key contributor to United's wins against Newcastle and Arsenal but failed to make his presence known against Bristol and Leicester, while missing out on the Manchester derby through suspension.


The tricky Frenchman can be a handful to deal with and almost unplayable on his day and Tuesday will be no different for Burnley midfielder Jack Cork who will need to be on top of his game to stop Pogba from taking over.

1. Sean Syche vs Jose Mourinho

Sean Dyche’s side are a fiercely tight unit who revel in a reputation for punching above their weight and Tuesday will be no different as Dyche will inspire his players to put in a strong performance against a vulnerable United side.


Jose Mourinho has been plagued with injuries this season and he would tell you that it has been the reason for United's underwhelming performances in recent times.


However, the former Chelsea boss' insistence to play defensive football has cost his side dearly and will be something the Burnley boss will consider when preparing his team for the clash on Tuesday.

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