Preview: Burnley v United

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Jose Mourinho and Manchester United will be looking to avoid the club’s worst start to a Premier League season since 1987 when they travel to Burnley on Sunday.

For Mourinho, the game could define his season with speculation mounting that a third consecutive loss could lead to his sacking with Zinedine Zidane- a 3 time consecutive Champions League winner said to be interested in taking up the role.

f the United boss was feeling any sort of concern about his future, he definitely didn’t show it on Friday with Mourinho saying: “I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I’m also one of the greatest managers in the world,”

“I repeat, I have won eight titles (as a manager). I’m the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England.”

Burnley on the other hand will have a quick turnaround after crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday evening courtesy of a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor (2-4 agg.).

United Team News: Eric Bailly will likely return to the United squad after Phil Jones suffered an injury on Monday, while Alexis Sanchez should be fit enough to start the game.

Although featuring quite impressively for the Manchester United U23’s side on Friday, the game will come too soon for either Diogo Dalot or Sergio Romero to feature in.

Burnley Team News: Sean Dyche will have a full compliment of players to pick from with the exception of Johann Berg Gudmundsson who sustained a hamstring injury against Fulham last weekend, and is unlikely to feature.

Did You Know?

  • Burnley have conceded 14 goals in their last five Premier League games – one more than in their previous 14 games combined (13).
  • United have kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 10 visits to Turf Moor in all competitions, with the exception being a 1-0 defeat in August 2009.
  • Burnley are still yet to make a change to their starting XI in the Premier League this season, while Man Utd have made more changes than any other side (9).
  • Burnley have won just one of their last 17 top-flight meetings with Manchester United (D8 L8), with that victory coming in their first ever Premier League meeting back in August 2009 (1-0).
  • English managers have collected just four points in their last 21 Premier League matches against Man Utd (W0 D4 L17) since Sam Allardyce led his Sunderland side to a 2-1 win in February 2016.
  • Since Jose Mourinho took charge of Manchester United, he has won all 11 of his away Premier League matches against Englishmen, with two of those victories coming against Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

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