Saturday’s fixture at Turf Moor features two teams still looking for their first wins in the Premier League. Burnley, the home team, being in that category is hardly surprising. Following promotion from the Championship last season, life in the top-flight was always going to be difficult for the Clarets.
Their opponents though, would have certainly hoped for better than this. Manchester United have got off a horrible start, losing their opening fixture at home against Swansea before only managing a draw away at Sunderland last week. This was followed by a Capital One Cup exit in midweek, following a shock 4-0 humbling at the hands of Third Division side MK Dons. New manager Louis Van Gaal has a lot of thinking to do as the Red Devils bid to get their season back on track.
United though, will be buoyed by the addition of Angel Di Maria to the squad. The Argentine, who was signed from Real Madrid for a British record fee of £60 million, is all set to make his first appearance on Saturday. Di Maria’s last competitive game for Madrid was last season’s Champions League final, in which he was adjudged man-of-the-match for a stellar performance that helped Los Blancos win their 10th European crown.
United’s other new signing Marcos Rojo though, may have to wait just a bit longer to make his first United appearance. The 24 year-old Argentine, signed from Sporting Lisbon last week, was all set to make his debut against Burnley, but reports today have stated that the defender has still not been granted a work-permit.
Robin Van Persie, who made his season debut last week at the Stadium of Light, will feature once against alongside Wayne Rooney, with Juan Mata playing as the number 10. Injuries to Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera mean that it will once again be Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher occupying the central midfield roles.
This is the possible Manchester United starting line-up against Burnley:
Burnley have lost both their games so far and getting their first points of the season against the mighty Manchester United will be an incredible confidence-booster for Sean Dyche’s side. They will take inspiration from the corresponding fixture from the 2009/10 season, when a goal from Robbie Blake earned Burnley a famous 1-0 win over the Red Devils.
Burnley 1-2 Manchester United: The rut has to end somewhere for United, and this looks like the game where it will happen. Van Gaal’s men look far too strong for Burnley, even though the Clarets will not go down without a fight.