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Man Utd's clash with Burnley set to be played prior to Liverpool trip

Ross Jackson
Dec 31, 2020, 2:45 PM GMT
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side face Burnley on 12 January
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side face Burnley on 12 January | Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United will complete their postponed Premier League fixture with Burnley on January 12 - just five days before they travel to fierce rivals and champions Liverpool.

The Red Devils were originally set to face Sean Dyche's side at Turf Moor on matchday one of the 2020/21 Premier League season, however, the fixture was pushed back with United competing in the Europa League in August.

Ole Gunnar Solskjae's men travel to Burnley before a trip to Liverpool
Ole Gunnar Solskjae's men travel to Burnley before a trip to Liverpool | Michael Regan/Getty Images

It has now been confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will complete the postponed fixture on 12 January, three days after their FA Cup tie against Watford.

The re-arrangement means that United will have five days rest prior to their trip the Liverpool on January 17, while their Merseyside rivals will be afforded an extra four days rest - with their FA Cup commitments on January 8 their last fixture before the visit of United.

Should both Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp's teams pick up maximum points from their league games before the Anfield clash, it will mean both sides head into the game on level points, with United currently trailing last season's champions by three points, with a game in hand.

Despite their performances being much maligned at certain points of the season, United find themselves second in the table with 30 points from their 15 league games.

Solskjaer's side are unbeaten in their previous nine league games, a run of results which has seen them pick up wins against Everton, Wolves and a thumping 6-2 victory over Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds.

However, before the clash with Liverpool they will now face a tough trip to Turf Moor, as well as New Year's Day's home clash with Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Liverpool - who are struggling for form of late - travel to the south coast to face Southampton on 4 January, they then face no further league commitments until the potentially vital clash with United.