Manchester United have the opportunity to close the gap on local rivals Manchester City to only one point with a win this weekend.
Although they will be focusing primarily on their Europa League campaign, they still have a good chance of finishing in the top four and Jose Mourinho will certainly not be giving up on that.
They face a difficult trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley. In the first meeting between the two sides this season, the Clarets frustrated United and earned a point thanks to a Tom Heaton masterclass. They may need a similar performance from the goalkeeper if they are to get a positive result on Sunday.
Sean Dyche’s men are currently eight points above the relegation zone and they should be set for another season in the top flight. That said, they will be looking for one more win to secure their position.
Their home record has been excellent this season, but only two of their last eight Premier League matches have been at Turf Moor and their form has suffered as a result. Last weekend, they delivered a much-improved performance against Everton, but they still came out on the losing side.
Last weekend, United put in one of the performances of the season to beat league leaders Chelsea comfortably.
Mourinho opted to start with a 3-5-2 formation with two quick forwards in the form of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. It was a tactical lesson and a reminder that the United manager is still one of the best in the world.
The Red Devils have been playing well in recent weeks, but they haven’t been getting the results required.
This could be the performance that launches them on to better things. It is crucial that they take the positive momentum from their win over Chelsea and go on a run towards the end of the season.
Burnley have won only one of their last ten matches and it is not surprising that some of their supporters are beginning to look over their shoulders.
Although they haven’t been picking up as many points as they would have liked, they should secure safety over the next couple of weeks.
One problem they will need to address this weekend is their lack of goals. They have scored only twice in their last five matches.
Manchester United are currently on the longest unbeaten streak of any Premier League club with their last loss coming way back in October.
However, they have only won five of their last ten matches. An inability to kill matches off has been the theme of their season and it desperately needs to be corrected over the summer.
It wasn’t a bad performance from Burnley last weekend, despite their defeat and for that reason, Sean Dyche won’t make many changes against Manchester United.
Andre Gray could return in the place of Sam Vokes as he has the pace to cause United real problems on the counter-attack.
The injury to Marcos Rojo does cause a selection problem for Jose Mourinho. He is short of centre backs and he won’t be able to use a three-man defence. This could mean a return to 4-3-3 with Daley Blind coming in to partner Eric Bailly.
Meanwhile, the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic will allow Marcus Rashford to continue down the centre of the pitch.
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Scott Arfield, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sam Vokes are all doubts for this weekend’s match against Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Dean Marney won’t be available for the Clarets.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a doubt after falling on his knee on Thursday against Anderlecht.
Marcos Rojo won’t feature after picking up an injury in the Europa League.
Wayne Rooney could make his Premier League return.
Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will all miss out.
Match Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
It is difficult to predict Manchester United to win matches like these, due to their habit of drawing games.
However, this could be the time that United go on a run of wins to secure a top four finish. They were excellent last weekend and Burnley have relatively little to play for.
It won’t be easy due to the Clarets’ home form, but Jose Mourinho’s side should be able to secure another three points.