LEAGUE CUP

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STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Weds: Man Utd v Burnley

The World Cup has only just finished, but domestic football has already returned and Manchester United are back in action on Wednesday night when they take on Burnley at Old Trafford in the League Cup Fourth Round.

It has been over a month since the Red Devils were last in competitive action, when they edged past Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage thanks to a last-gasp winner from promising forward Alejandro Garnacho.

That victory left United in 5th-position in the Premier League, just three points adrift of the Champions League places, but – before they return to Premier League action – their focus must first be on the League Cup with a place in the quarter-finals on the line on Wednesday night.

It will be interesting to see how Manchester United line up with Erik Ten Hag needing to decide how many of the players returning from the World Cup are ready to go straight back into the side.

You can safely assume that Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez will not be there, though, after being involved in that remarkable World Cup final between France and Argentina on Sunday.

Manchester United v Burnley
Carabao Cup Round Four
20:00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Ultra HDR

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 1-1 Man Utd
DEC 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 3-1 Burnley
APR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 3-1 Burnley
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 0-1 Man Utd
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 0-2 Burnley
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 0-2 Man Utd
JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 2-2 Burnley
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 0-2 Man Utd
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 0-1 Man Utd
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 2-2 Burnley

Burnley had a huge turnover of players in the summer, but Vincent Kompany’s side have not needed much time to gel and looked very impressive so far this season in the Championship.

The Clarets currently lead the way at the top of the second-tier with Kompany’s side having picked up 47 points from their first 23 games and sit eight points clear of third-placed Blackburn Rovers.

Not just have Burnley made a good start in terms of results, though, there has been also a drastic and positive change in their style of football as well. Long gone are the days of ‘Dycheball’, Kompany’s Clarets have adopted a much more attacking and exciting playing style.

With match sharpness likely to be lacking with the World Cup having only just concluded, I am not expecting either side to be solid at the back here and, also considering the attacking quality both of these sides obviously possess, I think there could be goals here.

JOE CITRONE


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