A rocky start to the season continued in mid-week with Manchester United being comfortably beaten 4-3 at the hands of Bayern Munich – which was a scoreline that ultimately flattered The Reds.
An injury crisis and problems away from the field have contributed to Manchester United‘s poor start – just two wins from five Premier League games – and with the pressure starting to mount on Erik ten Hag, a trip to Burnley on Saturday night awaits.
A tricky fixture schedule hasn’t helped matters but the United boss will be hoping that this weekend’s game at Turf Moor can be the turning point. Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat have both returned to training this week but it’s unclear if they are ready to take part after missing the trip to Munich.
Raphaël Varane also returned this week and could be in contention to start.
Andrè Onana will keep his place in goal. The Cameroonian has experienced a shaky start to life as a Manchester United player – not helped by his clanger at 0-0 in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night – but after taking full responsibility in his post-match interview, he’ll feel he has something to prove.
Due to the long injury list which Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined earlier this week, the defence almost picks itself. Diogo Dalot is expected to continue at right-back and Sergio Reguilon, who was arguably United’s best player in mid-week, will start on the opposite flank.
In an ideal world, Erik ten Hag may have opted to give Varane a little more recovery time from his most recent injury setback but the stakes could prove too high. The Frenchman, whose experience has been sorely missed in recent weeks, could return to partner an out-of-sorts Lisandro Martínez.
United’s top goalscorer this season, Casemiro, is likely to start at the base of the midfield with Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes completing the midfield. Christian Eriksen could start ahead of McTominay but the Dane looked leggy late on against Bayern and may not be the ideal selection to combat Vincent Kompany’s energetic side. Mount and Amrabat could feature although it’s unlikely either will play from the start.
United’s woes don’t stop in midfield and defence. Jadon Sancho and Antony are still missing which leaves the right side of attack up for grabs.
Alejandro Garnacho who started on the bench against Bayern could return to the fold which would possibly mean Marcus Rashford switching to the right, with Facundo Pellistri dropping to the bench. Rasmus Højlund is expected to lead the line after his first goal for the club on Wednesday night.
Full predicted XI
Onana; Dalot, Varane, Martínez, Reguilon; Casemiro, McTominay, Fernandes; Rashford, Højlund, Garnacho.
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