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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Burnley

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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.

Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs 2014 Possible Manchester United Starting Line Up Against Burnley

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.

Prediction:

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.

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Comments (12)

  1. What is wrong with LVG his 3-5-2 formation sucks utd needs a 4-3-3 formation or otherwise not three at the back never…

    • The 3-5-2 formation is not the problem, but the truth is that we are doing bad in the midfild. we don’t have good holding midfilders.

  2. another failure of Van Dal = Scandal
    he has spoiled team best players will move soon from Man Utd like Kagawa, Wellbeck, Januzaj and many more. First of all there was no need for Di Maria !!!!!! Man Utd had need only for defense. They let to go Evra one of the best players !!!!!!!!!!!!!! what they are doing. They didnt let enough time to Moyes he had much more pragmatic aproach.

  3. LVG Should stop His 3-5-2 formation , This is EPL not Bundsliga , This is a League of Many Tactices, 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 is what EPL full of. Playing three Defenders on EPL counter attacks is very very Risky. Even 4-3-3 can work in some match.

  4. Geez , pull fletcher back move cleverly into the center and let mata sweep sideline to sideline. Control the midfield. DiMaria, Cleverly and Valencia with Flechter at their backs and Mata at their front. Attack, hold and defend in depth. Fletcher can be the libro in front of the back three. Goosh its simple.

    • it not that simple, cleverly is on his way & not good enough for the role you gave him, it would never work.

  5. we need feltcher was in the back side more not try too shoot.
    i think we need fletcher plays like scholes not try to be like anderson!!

  6. i think it will be the best idea for united to forget about this so call formation 3-5-2 and go
    back to her formal 4-4-2 formation please, cus if we fans did not forget what happen last season to,
    us i think not withstanding this season believe you me it will be worst than last season please.
    we longer for winning this time around please. cus united we stand divided we all fail…………

  7. The problem is nt the formation but is midfield there r no perfet holders so man u should look 4wad & bring new face at old trafford.

  8. Can’t play Cleverley. He’s on his way out. His mind is not in it. Put Januzaj on the right instead of Valencia.

    Fro all those wanting 4-4-2, who would you have at full back? They are all injured or waiting for a work permit.

  9. The 3-5-2 formation can work very well but the brand of players needed are not all at United. Give it time, it will work. This man has ambition and a record to match it. 62% win ratio in his career. Fall outs with big name players, and a dictator to a club. Is this not traits of Sir Alex?