Manchester United host Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League as the Reds look to record their first victory in the league since late September. 


United bounced back from their heavy defeat against Chelsea last weekend, with a 1-0 victory over fierce rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday. 

The Clarets will travel to Manchester full of confidence following their late 2-1 win against Everton last time out in the league, midfielder Scott Arfield struck in stoppage time to snatch all three points. 


Reds boss Jose Mourinho will be keen to improve his side's recent league form which has seen them win just one of their last six domestic games, while Burnley manager Sean Dyche will be hoping his team can register their first points on the road this campaign. 


Classic Encounter

The Clarets have won just one of their last 21 matches against United, and that victory came in 2009 at Turf Moor as Burnley claimed their first win since returning to the top flight of English football for the first time in 33 years. 


The match ended 1-0 with Burnley forward Robbie Blake netting a thumping volley to give the home side a shock win. Clarets keeper Brian Jensen was in fine form that day, making a string of impressive saves, including a stop from the penalty spot to deny Reds midfielder, Michael Carrick. 


Many will be backing a home victory on Saturday as Burnley haven't won at Old Trafford since the 22nd September 1962. 


Key Battles


Ander Herrera vs Jeff Hendrick

Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League

Herrera has been United's most consistent performer in recent weeks with a number of energetic displays in midfield. 


The Spaniard is expected to start against Burnley, coming up against Jeff Hendrick in central midfield, who has been one of the Claret's best players this season.


Hendrick will need to track the forward runs from Herrera as the Red's player likes to make late bursts into the opposition's area, which was visible during the build up to United's goal against City in midweek. 


Johann Berg Gudmundsson vs Luke Shaw 

Gudmundsson Burnley

Gudmundsson impressed against Everton on the right-wing, with a flicked pass in the build up to Burnley's first goal as well as cracking a curling shot against the bar, which set up Arfield's goal against the Toffees.


The Icelandic international faces the prospect of taking on United defender Luke Shaw on Saturday, who endured a difficult time against City winger Jesus Navas in the EFL Cup. 


The Clarets midfielder will look to cut inside from the right-wing, although he may try his luck at taking a direct approach against Shaw, which Navas found to be successful on a number of occasions. 


Team News

Rashford, Martial

United striker Marcus Rashford is a doubt for Saturday after picking up a knock in midweek, while central defender Chris Smalling is also doubtful for the Burnley clash after missing the derby on Wednesday. 


Fellow defender Eric Bailly is set to miss the next two months of action following the knee injury he picked up against Chelsea. 


On a more positive front, captain Wayne Rooney and French forward Anthony Martial are expected to be passed fit for the clash against Burnley. Rooney has missed United's last two matches with a muscle injury, while Martial missed his side's win over City due to an inflamed foot. 


Burnley striker Andre Gray is available for selection following the completion of his four-match ban, although he may have to settle for a place on the bench due to the form of Sam Vokes. 


Summer signing Steven Defour is touch and go ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, the Belgian midfielder is struggling with a hamstring injury. However, George Boyd is set to play after returning to training this week following a knee injury.


Predicted Lineups & Prediction

Burnley v Manchester United - Premier League

United: De Gea, Valencia, Blind, Rojo, Shaw, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Ibrahimovic


Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Marney, Hendrick, Arfield, Boyd, Vokes


Mourinho's side will be the overwhelming favourites against Burnley despite their poor run of form in the league.


The Clarets lack any real pace in their side so they may look to sit deep and frustrate the home side, as they will be fearful of United's ability to spring a fast counter-attack through the likes of Lingard and Martial. 


United should win by a comfortable margin with Red's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking to score his first goal in the league since the 10th September. 


United 2-0 Burnley