Manchester United v Burnley preview and predictions.
It was bound to happen sometime. Mourinho's defensive tactics that worked so effectively against Liverpool at Anfield was laid bare in a 0-4 drubbing at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
After this debacle, United have slipped further down to the 7th spot on the EPL table and have conceded the most number of goals among teams in the top half along with 9th and 10th placed Watford and Bournemouth.
Given the ineffectiveness of big guns like Pogba and Ibrahimovic upfront and the defensive disasters played out by Chris Smalling & Co.in the Chelsea debacle, it wouldn't too much to expect a minion like Burnley to put up a show of sorts at the Old Trafford on Saturday.
For a team fighting relegation a month ago, 14th placed Burnley have managed to come up with surprises time and again. A 2-0 win against Liverpool early in the season was one, a 2-0 victory over Watford, a narrow 0-1 loss to Arsenal and on last weekend, a 2-1 defeat meted out to Everton.
Burnley no pushover
A point to note is that all their opponents were teams of the top half. But consistency has not been their forte and it's for their 5 defeats that they find themselves in the bottom half of the table. Following their good show against Everton, Burnley strikers Scott Arfield and Sam Vokes will be on the lookout for more opportunities at Old Trafford to needle a rattled United defence.
For the Red Devils, a encounter with a minion would give them the opportunity to regroup and re-build their sagging morale. But to take Burnley FC lightly would at be at their own peril. Post their return to the Premier League in 2014-15 after a six-season gap, Burnley have drawn once 0-0 and lost 1-3 in their two face-offs with Manchester United. So there is not much to go by excepting that United have a stronger side on paper and will be playing at home and Burnley will be on a momentum after their confidence-boosting win over Everton. The visiting men from Turf Moor are the underdogs as far as betting odds go for the 29 October clash at Old Trafford.