Burnley recently broke their streak of three successive multi-goal defeats with a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League. Despite VAR controversy denying them a potential first league win of the season, manager Vincent Kompany saw enough positives to believe that more points are on the way. However, to move forward, they must address their leaky defense, having conceded 12 goals so far, and put an end to a three-game losing streak at Turf Moor.
Their upcoming challenge is no small feat, as a wounded Manchester United side is set to visit. Historically, this fixture hasn’t favored Burnley, with just two H2H wins since a 1-0 victory in September 1968 over a formidable Red Devils team featuring legends like George Best, Denis Law, and Bobby Charlton.
Manchester Utd’s Season Overview
The current Manchester United team is far removed from the glory days of Sir Matt Busby’s era. A 4-3 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich marked their third consecutive loss under manager Erik ten Hag. Following that loss, the Dutchman openly questioned his players’ determination and urged them to address their defensive weaknesses. United’s defense has struggled, conceding three or more goals in three successive games for the first time since December 1978.
Manchester United’s early season woes have seen them lose four of their first six matches in all competitions, a performance not seen since the 1986/87 season when Ron Atkinson was replaced by Alex Ferguson. Three of these losses occurred on the road, highlighting the club’s ongoing travel struggles. They’ve been defeated in 18 of their last 35 away matches in all competitions, although they have won each of their last five away fixtures against newly-promoted teams and with Hojlund picking up some form they will be looking to score goals.
Key Players to Watch
With Lyle Foster suspended, Burnley will rely on Zeki Amdouni for goals. He has a knack for scoring, with four of his last five club goals coming after half-time. Amdouni has scored 1 Goal so far this season.
Rasmus Højlund, who got on the scoresheet against Bayern, is another player to keep an eye on. He has a tendency to make an impact in the second half, with ten of his last 11 goals coming in that period. Hojlund will be looking to score his first Premier League goal.
None of the last nine H2H encounters at Turf Moor have produced more than two total match goals
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