|Maxwell Cornet is back from AFCON and Cristiano Ronaldo is refreshed after the FA Cup debacle, who comes out tops on Tuesday night? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Burnley vs Manchester United
Burnley played out back to back goalless draws in the premier league but still stay bottom of the log, they can draw inspiration from their defensive solidity against Arsenal and troubled Watford to spring forth and surge from the relegation dogfight.
Manchester United are currently fourth on the table, they would
feel they deserve more than that considering the quality in their squad but in all
fairness, they have been tepid and unconvincing in their performances and they
have no one else to blame than the men in the mirror.
The window slammed shut last week, Manchester United allowed
Anthony Martial to leave and loaned out another youngster but news broke out
shortly after that Mason Greenwood was involved in a battery and assault allegations
which has ruined a lot of the young man’s credibility.
United will be without the fleet footed forward for a while, the
end of that is not in sight as lots of his commercial partners have rescinded
agreements and he will not be available for selection for a long time to come,
that leaves United short upfront.
Jesse Lingard isn’t in the manager’s good books after the England
midfielder vented on social media about incorrect statements about him from the
German manager, his move away in the winter window was blocked and he’s still
reeling from that.
Donny Van De Beek was allowed to join Everton on loan without any
replacement, you wonder how United plan to cope with such a lean squad. Burnley
added a few names to help their cause after selling Chris Wood to Newcastle,
the impact of their new boys would be seen in the coming games.
United must win here to stay fourth, there are no two ways about
it and they know the implication of slipping out at this pivotal stage but the
Red Devils are known to be great in the second half of the season, that might
Burnley need to win to help their own cause. A rare win over
United on Tuesday night would lift Burnley out of the relegation zone at least
until their rivals play, they have games in hand and that would be helpful if
they take good advantage but you can’t count points you haven’t won.
United will rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes although
the two conspired in a way to contribute to their crash from the FA Cup against
Middlesbrough last weekend. Edison Cavani and Marcus Rashford are the other
possibilities, not forgetting Jadon Sancho and youngster Tony Elanga.
United must win, Burnley must win. A stalemate will be a damaging
outcome to either side’s season considering where they currently are, it’s on
them to choose their own destiny.