Manchester United set to unleash mayhem on Burnley - FCNaija
EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 25/12/2017
Manchester United and Burnley face each other at Old Trafford on Boxing Day with both sides having a point to prove following poor results over the weekend.United lost a lead to draw 2-2 with Leicester, while Burnley were hammered 3-0 by Tottenham and both Jose Mourinho and Sean Dyche’s men will go into this clash wanting to bounce back from the weekend’s poor results.Team NewsManchester United could face Burnley without Chris Smalling, who pulled up with an apparent groin strain late on in the draw at Leicester on Saturday.Antonio Valencia is likely to miss a third game with a hamstring injury, while Eric Bailly, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini remain out.Burnley's James Tarkowski is still banned and Chris Wood will be assessed after being injured in a collision with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Stephen Ward (knee) remains a doubt.Matt Lowton was an unused substitute on Saturday after five games out with a knee complaint.Head-to-headManchester United are unbeaten in 13 league games against Burnley at Old Trafford since a 5-2 defeat in September 1962.However, Burnley earned a goalless draw in the corresponding fixture last season despite facing 38 shots, the highest total in a single match in 2016-17.The Clarets have registered just one victory in 23 meetings home and away (D9, L13).
Match FactsManchester UnitedManchester United have won 19 of their 23 Boxing Day games in the Premier League. Their win ratio of 83% is the best in the competition.They are unbeaten in 16 home league games on Boxing Day since a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool in 1978 (W14, D2).United's only defeat at Old Trafford in 42 games came against Manchester City earlier this month.The 13-point gap between City and United is the biggest between the top two sides at Christmas in English top-flight history.Both of Jose Mourinho's home meetings with Burnley have ended as draws: 0-0 last season and 1-1 with Chelsea in February 2015, with his side having a player sent off on both occasions.BurnleySeventh is Burnley's highest top-flight position on Christmas Day since 1973, when they were third - and went on to finish sixth.However, they could go three successive league games without a win for the first time this season.The Clarets conceded as many goals in Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Tottenham as they had in their previous nine fixtures at Turf Moor this season.Burnley have kept nine Premier League clean sheets this season - one more will match their total for the entirety of 2016-17.The 19 Premier League games involving Burnley have produced just 31 goals this season, fewer than any other team in the division.