Manchester United will be looking for their seventh consecutive league win as they welcome Burnley at Old Trafford tonight. This will also be the ninth game of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United’s interim manager.
The Norwegian coach has already won all his eight games so far. Out of these eight, two wins came in FA Cup while the other six came in the Premier League. If United defeats Burnley tonight, then Solskjaer will break the best winning start at new club record of Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola.
In the last meeting between these two clubs this season, the Red Devils defeated the Clarets 2-0 at Turf Moor. This was United’s eighth consecutive win against Burnley in all competitions. Out of these eight meetings, the Red Devils have successfully kept a clean sheet on six occasions.
Also, these two teams have met each other in 127 occasions out of which United have won a majority of 61 encounters. While Burnley have emerged victorious in 41 matches. In addition, the last win of the Clarets against the Red Devils came back in 2009.
In the last league fixture, Burnley played a 0-0 draw against Watford in an away fixture. While United defeated Burnley 2-1 at Old Trafford. Moreover, both the sides also played FA Cup game last week. In which, the Clarets faced a thumping defeat of 5-0 against Manchester City. While the Red Devils defeated Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium.
So, looking at all the stats and past encounters between these two sides. It looks like that United will dominate most of the game and I think that too. However, Burnley might raise the bar of their performance and hand over the first defeat to Solskjaer tonight.
As for United, Chris Smalling is all set to make a comeback from injury. However, I don’t think he will be added to the starting XI for tonight’s game. Other than that, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini are the two players, who will miss this outing due to injury issues.
Burnley, on the other hand, have traveled without Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Walters as both the players are still suffering from an injury. Also, Robbie Brady, Johann Gudmundsson, Phil Bardsley, and Matthew Lowton are doubtful for this fixture against United.