Burnley vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Burnley vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On August 30th, Manchester United travel to the Turf Moor to take on Burnley.  Both teams have started their 2014/2015 campaigns poorly and will look to use this game as a spring board and get their seasons on track.


Manchester United have taken only one point from their first six and crashed out of the Capital One Cup 4-0 to MK Dons in one of the shocks of the early season.  Newly-promoted Burnley are yet to claim a point on their return to the Premier League – losing 3-1 to Chelsea and 1-0 to Swansea.  While Burnley may have expected to struggle, neither team can be happy with their start to the campaign.

Team News

Manchester United have been bit hard by the injury bug early on this season.  United have seven players on the treatment table with all of them likely to miss the match against Burnley.  The seven injured United players are: Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrara, Jesse Linegard, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, and the big Belgian Marouane Fellaini.  Burnley are almost injury free with the only player missing being Welsh striker Sam Vokes.

Interesting Statistics

The last time these two teams met at Turf Moor, Burnley came out with a shock 1-0 victory. Prior to that though, Burnley had not beaten Manchester United since 1968.  These two teams have met 107 times over the course of their histories, but only three times in the Premier League era.  United hold the all time edge, wining 50 drawing 16 and Burnley losing 41.  Only 15% of the all time meetings between these two have ended in draws, so you can expect one team to come out with all three points.

Key Men

Burnley’s key man is English forward Danny Ings.  The former Bournemouth man won the Player of the Season for the Championship and will need to bring his shooting boots to the match on Saturday if the Bees are to have a chance against United.  The England U-21 striker bagged 26 goals in all competitions, including 21 goals in 40 league appearances in 2013-2014.  Ings has shown he can rip apart the Championship, but the young striker must show he has the quality to play with the big boys in the top level of the game.  The 22 year old has been touted as a future England international.  Scoring against Manchester United in the Premier League would go a long way to showing that he does have that top level quality in him.

Manchester United are in desperate need of a win.  Even with new record signing Angel Di Maria arriving earlier this week, Manchester United’s key figure will be their former record signing Juan Mata.  The former Chelsea star has had an up and down start to his United career.  He has gone on some good runs of form, and did pop up with the Reds’ lone goal against Sunderland, but he has not exactly set Manchester alight with his performances.  Louis Van Gaal’s team has world class strikers, but the midfield and defence are poor.  The midfield being poor has resulted in a lack of service for Rooney and Van Persie up top.  Mata has to provide the big two up top with quality service for Manchester United to get going.

Betting Preview

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Predictions have been quite difficult when it comes to Manchester United over the past 12 months.  So many games they are expected to win they have not won.  Now with Louis Van Gaal in charge, people expected that to change, but I would have predicted a United win in all of their first three games (Swansea, Sunderland, and MK Dons) but they have won none of them.  I am expecting Manchester United to get their first win of the season, but the way they’ve been playing no result will genuinely surprise me.

Prediction: 2-1 Manchester United