Jose Mourinho’s coaching chair is rocking and he is holding on for his dear life. So he must win in Burnley to calm it down.
Burnley vs. Manchester United Preview
Now that Burnley has been eliminated from the Europa League, Sean Dyche can finally focus on the league where The Clarets followed up a goalless draw at Southampton with losses versus Watford (1-3) and at Fulham (2-4). They are currently 18th with one point earned across three contests.
Burnley’s defence, which was one of the best in the Premier League last season has already given up seven goals, a worrying sign heading into a matchup against a hungry Manchester United side. The Red Devils are looking to put a poor start to the campaign behind by grabbing three points at Turf Moor, a stadium where Jose Mourinho collected them on his previous two visits.
The loss to Tottenham at the Theatre of Dreams was certainly painful, especially considering The Red Devils were not the inferior opponents. Mourinho’s tactical tweaks worked for most of the match, but one careless mistake coupled with Harry Kane’s brilliance to jolt United’s hopes of victory into the abyss.
Player to watch: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku was the one who missed an empty net in the first half against Tottenham. If had he scored, the goal would’ve probably changed the entire complexity of the contest. The Belgian striker will be looking to make amends before ‘The Special One’s’ patience runs out.
Burnley vs. Manchester United Odds
Burnley vs. Manchester United Kick-off Time
The fixture is set to kick off at 17:00 CET on Sunday, September 2
Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley
Burnley vs. Manchester United Injury Update
Johann Berg Gudmundsson had to leave the game against Fulham in the 19th minute. His injury is not serious but it will keep him out of this clash. The winger is also set to miss Iceland’s up and coming international break games.
Jose Mourinho will unfortunately not be able to count on the services of centre-back Phil Jones. Eric Bailly should join Chris Smalling in the centre of Manchester United’s defence. And it will be interesting to see whether Mourinho experiments with Ander Herrera as a defender again, or if he returns to his normal four-defender formation.