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PREVIEW: Manchester United v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets look for back-to-back wins and end of Old Trafford wait

22 January 2020

The Clarets go to Old Trafford hoping to make it third time lucky and re-write recent history.

Burnley are without a win at Manchester United for 58 years but have been getting ever closer.

Sean Dyche’s men are unbeaten in their last three visits to United and have led 2-0 on each of the last two occasions.

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Only two late goals denied them victory last season after Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood had scored after half-time as the Clarets continued on an eight-game unbeaten run that propelled them to Premier League safety.

And midfielder Ashley Westwood – whose winner against Leicester United last Sunday got the Clarets back up-and-running – is looking for another big showing against a United side which won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Turf Moor less than a month ago.

“The last couple of years we’ve done very well,” said Westwood, whose goal against the Foxes ended Burnley’s four-game losing run to lift them to 14th place in the table – four points clear of the bottom three after Tuesday night’s fixtures.

“We should have won last year but it just wasn’t to be. We put in a great performance and, like I said, it wasn’t meant to be.

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“But it was still a great point at Old Trafford and hopefully we can do that again.”

United have recorded their lowest points’ tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 1989/90 in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge.

But they could get within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea with a seventh home win and Westwood knows the Clarets will have to be at their best.

“They are a different team, so it’s going to be another difficult game,” he added.

Team news

Johann Berg Gudmundsson may be back in the Clarets’ squad after recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained in Burnley’s FA Cup win over Peterborough at the start of the month.

Striker Ashley Barnes – who has scored on his last two visits to Old Trafford – is recovering from hernia surgery and remains sidelined.

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Manchester United will be without top scorer Marcus Rashford due to a stress fracture in his back which is expected to keep the England man out for at least a couple of months.

Central defender Victor Lindelof is a doubt after missing some of the build-up through illness, which could mean a return for fit-again Eric Bailly or former Blackburn Rovers centre-back Phil Jones as Axel Tuanzebe is also out.

Midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are also out through injury.

Form Guide

The Clarets bounced back to form with last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Leicester.

Goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood secured the come-from-behind victory which ended a four-game losing league run.

Sean Dyche’s men are seeking a first away win since a 1-0 success at Bournemouth just before Christmas.

United have won one of their last three league games – at home to bottom club Norwich.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also lost at home to Manchester City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final in a run of two wins in five games in all competitions since their 2-0 win at Turf Moor at the end of December.

However, the fifth-placed Reds have been beaten just once at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season – a defeat to Crystal Palace in August.

Opposition camp

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “We played them two or three weeks ago. We had to work really hard to get the points.

“We played well, we defended really well and, every time we play against Sean's team, we know we have to earn it.

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“Last season (in this fixture) here was the first time I saw the players coming back from a setback.

“We were 2-0 down with seven or eight minutes to go. We got back into the game with 2-2, so we're going to approach this game as we would do if they had won five in a row. They'll always give you a tough game.”

Match stats

The Clarets are unbeaten on their last three visits to United.

Manchester United haven’t completed a league double over Burnley since 1976.

The Clarets’ opening goal against Leicester on Sunday was their seventh from a corner this season. Only Arsenal have scored more.

Jay Rodriguez’s last appearance at Old Trafford saw the Burnley striker score the winner for West Bromwich Albion.

Clarets top scorer Chris Wood scored at Old Trafford for New Zealand in the 2012 Olympics.

Referee

Jon Moss

VAR

Andy Halliday

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REPORT: Manchester United 0 Burnley 2

Wood and Rodriguez strike as Clarets end 58-year wait for epic Old Trafford win

22 January 2020

The Clarets’ class of 2020 wrote themselves into Burnley history as they finally stormed the Old Trafford citadel.

Not since September, 1962 have the Clarets won at Manchester United.

They have come close – unbeaten on their last three visits and enjoying two-goal leads in each of the last two seasons.

Each time, late goals have killed the dream and sent the supporters home thinking of what might have been. Not this time.

Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez were the goal-scoring stars as they struck either side of half time.

But there were heroes all over the pitch from a magnificent collective effort which finally ended the long wait and – more importantly for the here and now – made it back-to-back wins and 30 points in the fight to keep competing with the best.

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Despite their supposed travails, United had lost only once at home in the league this season – back in August – to further underlined the scale of the Clarets' achievements on a night they took the fight to the 20-time champions and won.

Even without injured top scorer Marcus Rashford, who got United’s late second goal in their 2-0 win at Turf Moor at the turn of the year, the hosts were not short of firepower.

Anthony Martial had scored in his last three appearances against the Clarets and had chances to do so again before the end of a first half which saw Burnley frustrate the hosts for spells before grabbing the lead themselves to set up an epic victory.

Full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka laid on openings for Martial and Juan Mata, who both mis-cued.

And when Nemanja Matic then threaded a lovely through-ball for Martial it took a brilliant covering tackle from Charlie Taylor to thwart the France international.

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That was typical of the Clarets’ tenacity and determination not to let United have things all their own way.

And even though Dyche’s men had fewer sights of goal when they did get a glimpse, Wood made it count with a clinical finish.

Once again it was a set-piece that opened the door as Burnley claimed a goal in the opening 45 minutes of a league game for the first time since November when Wood and Ashley Barnes were on target against West Ham.

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The same pair had given the Clarets their 2-0 lead at Old Trafford last season and Wood struck again to move into double figures for a third successive season in the top flight.

An earlier effort from a Ben Mee knock-down might have been disallowed for off-side had it gone in, but this time Wood’s movement was perfect as he met another Mee header from Ashley Westwood’s free-kick to glide past Harry Maguire and hook a first-time shot past David De Gea.

That raised the confidence levels further in the Clarets’ ranks and 11 minutes after half-time the lead was doubled in spectacular style through Rodriguez's seventh goal of the season.

Rodriguez had scored a winning goal here for West Bromwich Albion on his last visit but rarely can he have struck a ball as well as the left-footed shot that rifled into the top corner from just inside the corner of the penalty area following a slick one-two with Wood.

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United had sent on Mason Greenwood at half-time to try and get them back into the game and with a two-goal deficit to try and overcome he was blocked off by the magnificent Taylor to win a free-kick and earn the Clarets’ full-back a booking.

But Mata clipped his effort onto the roof of the net and with Burnley throwing up a wall of blue shirts in and around a titanic back four, they simply refused to let United pass.

Nick Pope made a couple of regulation saves from Martial and Greenwood whistled a shot just wide.

But this time there was to be no late heartache – a disallowed Luke Shaw effort in the 90th minute the nearest United came to mounting a fightback on a famous night for the Clarets.

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Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Maguire, Williams (Shaw 69); Fred, Matic; Pereira (Greenwood HT); Mata, Martial, James (Lingard 69). Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Dalot, Gomes.

Booked: None

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez. Substitutes: Hart, Brady, Pieters, Lennon, Vydra, Long, Goodridge.

Booked: Taylor

Referee: Jon Moss

Attendance: 73,198

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