Manchester United will be looking for their third win in four Premier League outings when they welcome struggling Burnley to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
It was a relief for the Red Devils to earn a point with a late equaliser at West Ham United on Sunday through Daley Blind, arguably the most consistent performer out of Louis van Gaal’s many big-money signings. However, it was not enough to move back above Southampton, meaning they begin this game outside the Champions League places.
But the display at Upton Park was another which belied the quality of the players van Gaal has at his disposal. They lacked fluency for long spells and often looked unsure at the back, while the use of Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria in somewhat unfamiliar roles has sparked debate.
While Man Utd were thankful for their draw on Sunday, Burnley were left to rue another missed opportunity as they once again threw away a two-goal lead, this time against West Bromwich Albion. With this trip beginning a daunting run of fixtures, they may look back on their recent failings with regret at the end of the season.
But there were plenty of positives against Albion, particularly the flowing football that led to their second goal for Danny Ings, who was back to his best after a subdued showing in the previous match at Sunderland. He also set up the first for Ashley Barnes, and will provide Burnley’s biggest threat here.
Michael Carrick remains absent for Man Utd, who are also without Luke Shaw after his late sending off at West Ham.
Dean Marney is unlikely to be fit for Burnley after limping off at the weekend. Kevin Long, Matt Taylor and Stephen Ward are definitely out.
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