Man United vs Burnley final LIVE Football Score 30 Dec 2021
Manchester United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Burnley to Old Trafford on Thursday night. The Red Devils played out a 1-1 draw with struggling Newcastle United in the league on Monday night, but Burnley have not been in action since drawing 0-0 with West Ham United on December 12.
Man United were back in action on Monday evening against Newcastle, having seen their previous two games against Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the camp. The 20-time English champions were going in search of a fourth straight Premier League victory against the Magpies but were forced to settle for a point in an underwhelming performance, as Edinson Cavani cancelled out an opener from Allan Saint-Maximin in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.
Man United have now picked up seven points from their three league matches under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, but the German was critical of his team’s performance on Monday, and the Red Devils now face back-to-back home fixtures against Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers either side of the new year. The hosts are currently seventh in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal but with two games in hand on the Gunners, while they are two points behind sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on the same number of fixtures after Antonio Conte’s side were held at Southampton on Tuesday.
Man United have won their last two league games against Burnley, including a 3-1 success at Old Trafford last term, but the Clarets recorded a 2-0 victory in Manchester during the 2019-20 campaign. The Red Devils were able to blow away the cobwebs on Monday, but Burnley have not been in action since drawing 0-0 with West Ham on December 12, as their last three matches against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton have all been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
As a result, the 18th-placed Clarets are in the incredible position of having four games in hand on both 19th-placed Newcastle and 20th-placed Norwich City, while they are only two points behind 17th-placed Watford and have two games in hand on the Hornets. Burnley have only won one of their 15 Premier League matches this season, but they have been beaten on just six occasions, which is the same as top-four challengers Arsenal and West Ham and only one more than Man United, who have suffered five league defeats this term.
Sean Dyche’s side have back-to-back away games against Man United and Leeds United either side of the new year before facing Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup on January 8. Burnley have only ever won once at Old Trafford in the Premier League, but they will hope to use their unplanned mid-season break as an advantage, with the Red Devils struggling for long stages against Newcastle on Monday.
Victor Lindelof again misses out after a positive Covid test, while Paul Pogba remains sidelined and Scott McTominay could be a fitness doubt. Burnley manager Sean Dyche says forward Maxwel Cornet has an “outside chance” of featuring following a thigh problem.
Manchester United’s issue under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was that they conceded too easily but it appears Ralf Rangnick has put that right, and I don’t see the Clarets giving them many scares. Burnley’s biggest problem is that they have stopped scoring – only one goal in their past three games and have managed only 14 in total so far this season.
Manchester United’s only defeat in the past 13 league meetings was by 2-0 at Old Trafford in January 2020. The Red Devils are aiming to win three consecutive league fixtures against Burnley for the first time since a run of four from 1956 to 1957.
Manchester United have kept just one clean sheet in their past 13 Premier League home games, conceding 22 goals. They are on a Premier League record run of 108 consecutive matches without a red card since Robbie Brady was sent off in January 2019. They have lost their final league game in just one of the last eight years (W4, D3), with that defeat coming against Manchester United in 2019.
The Red Devils have roared into title contention with 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier League games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit second and are just three points behind leaders Liverpool, but crucially have a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp’s men. And the Manchester Evening News reports support for playing the fixture against the Clarets in January before the game against Liverpool had grown. On Thursday, the Prem confirmed the fixture will be held on Tuesday, January 12 at 8.15pm.
The majority of Solskjaer’s squad are likely to be delighted at the news after preferring to travel to Turf Moor in midweek in order to face Liverpool having played the same number of matches. They will now play Burnley on the Tuesday before arriving on Merseyside five days later for a Super Sunday showdown. And members of the side are believed to see it as as an opportunity to put the pressure on the Prem’s reigning champs after they drew back-to-back games with West Brom and Newcastle.