PREVIEW: Burnley v Manchester United
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s High Noon at Turf Moor on Saturday – but more for Man U and not the hosts.
When the fixture list came out, newly promoted Burnley would have been forgiven for putting a line through this one in terms of points – but now there’s almost an expectation that they get something from it.
And they have every right to be confident.
Man U are in complete disarray. An opening day defeat to Swansea at Old Trafford, followed up by only a point against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light and the worse was yet to come…. an inexplicable 4-0 loss at the hands of MK Dons midweek in the League Cup.
The market seems to still be showing them a vote of confidence but I REALLY can’t be backing Man U at odds on for this clash.
Burnley v Man U
12.45pm, LIVE ON BT SPORT
HEAD TO HEAD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Jan 2010 Premier League Man Utd 3-0 Burnley
Aug 2009 Premier League Burnley 1-0 Man Utd
Dec 2002 League Cup Burnley 0-2 Man Utd
Oct 1984 League Cup Burnley 0-3 Man Utd
Sep 1984 League Cup Man Utd 4-0 Burnley
Apr 1976 Div 1 (old) Burnley 0-1 Man Utd
Dec 1975 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 2-1 Burnley
Jan 1975 League Cup Man Utd 3-2 Burnley
Apr 1974 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 3-3 Burnley
Oct 1973 Div 1 (old) Burnley 0-0 Man Utd
In fairness, Burnley have hardly got off to a great start themselves. Although they did have the dream start to the season when going 1-0 up against Chelsea after just 14 minutes but ended up losing 3-1 and then were beaten 1-0 by Swansea last weekend.
This was followed up with a loss midweek in the League Cup to Sheffield Wednesday when manager Sean Dyche rested a number of players with this match in mind.
They have bigger problems scoring goals than they do conceding them and have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 29 Premier League games.
For Man U, this game is expected to see the debut for Midfielder Angel Di Maria following his £59.7m British transfer record signing from Real Madrid.
I can’t see another loss for United but can very much see a draw and at 3/1 is a much more tempting proposition on Star Sports than Man U at odds-on.