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PREVIEW: Manchester United v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets look to end United run at Old Trafford

29 January 2019

The Clarets return to Premier League action with a second trip to Manchester in four days as they try to become the ones to apply the brakes to the United bandwagon.

The Reds have been revived since former striker and ‘super-sub’ Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took control in mid-December.

With ex-Claret and former number two to Sir Alex Ferguson, Mike Phelan, at his side and that of first-team coach Michael Carrick, Solksjaer has seemingly changed the mood that was prevalent under former manager Jose Mourinho.

The players have responded to a change of regime and helped Solskjaer produce eight successive wins to enhance the claims of the 45-year-old to secure the managerial post on a permanent basis.

United are still in the Champions League, the FA Cup and back in contention for a top-four finish as they look to keep their winning streak going.

But the Clarets have proved themselves no pushover at Old Trafford in recent times, drawing 0-0 at United two seasons ago and then leading 2-0 there on Boxing Day last year before being pegged back right at the death to leave with a point.

A 5-0 FA Cup exit at Manchester City last Saturday should have no bearing on Tuesday night’s trip, with the Clarets’ focus purely back on Premier League points.

Taking 10 from the last 12 available has revived the Clarets’ campaign and lifted them clear of the bottom three.

And while Sean Dyche doesn’t under-estimate the size of the task facing his side, he insists ending United’s charge is no forlorn hope for his own in-form team.

“Performance is the king, yet again,” said the Burnley boss, who made seven changes to his starting line-up at City to keep legs fresh for Old Trafford.

“That's what you're looking for. I do think there always is that little bit of apprehension from a team, there has to be, because of the power of some of these clubs.

“Equally, it brings that expected performance because Manchester United at home will be clear favourites, they've won all these games on the trot.

“In balance we go there with a little bit of freedom because all eyes are on them, there's expectation on them and once again we're the big underdogs.

“It's just the way it is when you're playing these teams and they're going well. It's a tougher challenge, but it's not an impossible challenge.”

Team news

The Clarets will be back to something more like their recent Premier League line-up after ringing the changes for last Saturday’s FA Cup exit at Manchester City.

However, former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley faces a fitness check with fellow right-back Matt Lowton still out.

Another ex-United man Robbie Brady is a doubt with a groin injury sustained at City but winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is in contention for a possible return.

United are close to full strength with defender Chris Smalling in contention to start his first game under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after recovering from injury.

However,Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini are still sidelined.

Form Guide

The Clarets saw their five-match unbeaten run ended by a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City last the weekend.

But Sean Dyche’s men haven’t lost in the Premier League since Boxing Day and have taken four points from their last two away games.

The Clarets have drawn on their last two visits to Old Trafford.

Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in last season's 2-2 draw

Manchester United have a flawless record since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as acting manager in December.

Six of his eight wins have come in the Premier League, including three at home.

United’s improved form, which has brought them 22 goals under their former striker, has lifted them to sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Opposition camp

Manchester United’s acting manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “The results they’ve had and performances they’ve had says that (Burnley have turned a corner).

United old boys Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick are playing their part

“We know we’re up against a team that’s gonna come here and fight for three points as every single team in the Premier League will.

“They’ll cause you different problems, the physicality, the front two. We’ve got to be ready for them, but we’ve turned the corner ourselves. We looked really good against Arsenal defensively, we defended the box really well and that’s gonna be important against Burnley.”

Match stats

The Clarets haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1962 but were only denied a first win in 19 attempts by an injury-time strike from Jesse Lingard last season.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has never lost a Premier League on a Tuesday – a record covering five matches.

Manchester United’s acting boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is aiming to become the first manager to start a Premier League reign with seven straight wins.

United have had seven penalties in the Premier League this season – the most. The Clarets are yet to get one and didn’t get one last season either with their wait now extending to 66 games.

Minute's Siolence

Prior to the game, the fan group Munich58 will stage an event to remember the victims of that tragedy.

Details are here ( and any Burnley fans who want to pay their respects will be welcome.


Jonathan Moss


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Manchester United 2 Burnley 2

Late heartache as injury-time goal denies Clarets famous win

29 January 2019

For the second season running the Clarets were denied an historic Old Trafford victory by an injury-time equaliser as they were only moments away from handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a first defeat as Manchester United’s interim boss.

Sean Dyche’s men did prevent Solksjaer from continuing his perfect start and becoming the first manager in the Premier League era to start with seven successive victories.

But it could have been even better for a Burnley side who were again within touching distance of a first win at United since 1962 as they drew here for the third time in a row.

Just like last season the Clarets led 2-0 and this time they held the advantage to the 87th-minute thanks to second-half strikes from frontmen Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.

Dyche’s warriors battled magnificently to earn and then protect their lead in a magnificent performance.

But a Paul Pogba penalty gave United late hope.

And with Solksjaer’s appointment bringing back memories of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, they then struck in Fergie time through Victor Lindelof to cruelly deny the Clarets at the death.

It was a devasting blow for a Burnley team that had given everything but once again Dyche’s side showed beyond doubt their desire to win their relegation fight as they put another priceless point on the board and extended their own unbeaten run to five league games.

With eight straight wins in all competitions behind them, it was perhaps inevitable that United would look to maintain that momentum with a lightning start.

And the Clarets had to come through a testing opening 10 minutes before getting a foothold in the game.

They were grateful to Charlie Taylor for two alert pieces of defending – including a vital block to get in the way of a shot from Marcus Rashford.

But the Clarets were also glad to see a glaring miss from Rashford after the England man had swapped passes with Romelu Lukaku before poking the ball wide.

Phil Bardsley, passed fit to face his former club, mirrored his full-back partner with an excellent covering tackle to snuff out a threat from Juan Mata.

But the Clarets, reverting to the starting line-up that had kept the league run going ahead of their FA Cup exit at Manchester City last weekend, never let United have it all their own way.

And for a spell mid-way through a goalless first half they forced the home side onto the back foot as the terrier-like Ashley Westwood led a pressing game that threatened to open a route to goal.

Barnes also never gave the United back line a moment’s peace and following a typical burst from Westwood, it took a crucial intervention from Phil Jones to take the ball off Barnes’ toe as he prepared to shoot.

Barnes wouldn’t be denied for long, though, and six minutes into the second half he struck to give the Clarets the lead.

Jack Cork did the spadework as he robbed Andreas Pereira and slipped a pass to Barnes who, like last season here, opened the scoring with a thunderous left-footed shot past David De Gea.

Not surprisingly there was an instant response from the home side, but former United keeper Tom Heaton, enjoying another top-class return to his old stamping ground, turned away a snap-shot from Rashford.

And then another player who had started out at United almost had his moment of glory as Clarets’ teenager Dwight McNeil, who again looked at home on the biggest of stages, stung the hands of De Gea at the other end with a rasping drive from all of 30 yards.

But most of the attacking was coming Burnley’s way as United poured men forward in search of an equaliser and sent on Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard’s whose two goals on Boxing Day last year had dashed Burnley’s hopes of ending that long wait for an Old Trafford win.

Solksjaer’s men peppered the penalty area but the Clarets refused to budge with James Tarkowski seemingly everywhere alongside the colossal Ben Mee as the back four to a man performed heroics in front of an inspired Heaton, who made a fine save to keep out a near-post flick from Lukaku.

And their collective efforts were rewarded when Wood remarkably made it 2-0 with nine minutes to go.

The fit-again Johann Berg Gudmundsson had replaced a tiring McNeil and when he teed up Westwood, the midfielder’s cross was coolly nodded in by Burnley's leading scorer at the far post.

The Clarets’ superb away following celebrated wildly but when United pulled one back from the penalty spot with three minutes of normal time to go those supporters were left biting their nails.

Jeff Hendrick’s tug on Lingard was penalised by referee Jon Moss and Pogba converted from the spot to spark the comeback.

With five minutes added at the end there was still time for United to deny the Clarets again and, agonisingly, they did so.

Heaton - having just turned away another Pogba effort in impressive style - made a magnificent save to keep out a header from Sanchez but the unlikely figure of defender Lindelof was there to ram home the loose ball and break Burnley hearts with his first goal in English football.

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw; Pereira (Lingard 62), Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku (Sanchez 68), Mata. Substitutes: Romero, Smalling, Fred, Dalot, Herrera.

Booked: Mata

Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Gudmundsson 77); Barnes, Wood. Substitutes: Hart, Vokes, Gibson, Ward, Vydra, Benson.

Booked: Barnes, Taylor

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Attendance: 74,529

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