To be played on Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 19:45. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Odds: Man Utd 3/10, Draw 5/1, Burnley 12/1
Manchester United will head into the Premier League clash against Burnley as the heavy favourites for a win and confident after securing a late point against West Ham last weekend.
United were criticised for long ball tactics during that game by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce and it will be interesting to see if there is any change of approach prompted by manager Louis van Gaal.
Michael Carrick is ahead of schedule in terms of his recovery from a calf strain and is United’s only absentee for the match.
United could make one or two changes to their midfield and attack to give the side a more balanced line-up with Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata candidates to come back into the team.
Burnley have just been rocked by the news that Dean Marney won’t play for the club again this season, which leaves them short in terms of central midfield options for the game.
Sean Dyche’s side are also missing Kevin Long, Stephen Ward and wide man Matty Taylor.
Burnley head into the game with nothing to lose but they are under pressure considering they are just one point above the relegation places as things stand.
“I think we played very badly in the first half and we showed a lot of spirit in the second half, especially after the goal – I have to say what a spirit my team showed after falling 1-0 behind.”
Louis van Gaal
“Other than about 15, maybe 20 minutes of the second half when the game got a bit rough and tumble, I thought we were excellent overall. If you took the goals out of it and watched that game, I think people would say there was only one team who was going to win.”
Michael Carrick ★★★ out Calf
Dean Marney ★★★ out Knee
Kevin Long ★★★ out Knee
Stephen Ward ★★★ out Ankle/Foot
Matthew Taylor ★★★ out Calf/Shin