Manchester United will be looking to maintain their impressive run of form when they host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could cut Man City’s lead at the top of the table down to eight points if they win, with only six games remaining of the league campaign after that.
United are looking to win five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since they won their first six under manager Solskjaer back in January 2019.
In terms of early team news, Marcus Rashford is set to undergo a late fitness test while Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire are available again after serving suspensions in Europe.
Here is how MEN writers think United should line up.
Burnley is unlikely to be a stroll in the park, despite their dismal form, and they have form for causing an upset at Old Trafford, having ended Solskjaer’s winning start in 2019 and inflicting one of the worst defeats of his tenure a year later.
Dean Henderson has to start and Harry Maguire and Shaw have to come back in. Rashford needs to be rested again and Paul Pogba is United’s best left-sided option right now.
The prospect of a midfield comprising of two of Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic would be excessive against Burnley. It is time Donny van de Beek got up to speed from a deeper role.
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United’s midweek suspensions have done them a favour ahead of the visit of Burnley with Pogba also fresh to start having only been used for 45 minutes on Thursday night.
Henderson has to start in goal while there should be no risks in defence even given Tuanzebe’s impressive display against Granada.
McTominay and Fred are the trusted axis in midfield while Fernandes should start with no midweek match next week. Pogba can all but confirm his new role with a start on the left, regardless of Rashford’s fitness.
Greenwood is the best option on the right wing but could move central if Cavani needs to make way later in the match.
The goalkeeper and defence picks itself at the moment, with Henderson now clearly established as the first choice goalkeeper in the squad. Maguire and Shaw should have benefitted from a break in midweek.
With Pogba enjoying himself further forward Fred and McTominay is a tentative selection in midfield, but their energy and physicality might be important against Burnley. Pogba can drop deeper or Van de Beek can come if a little more inspiration is required.
With a free week coming up there seems no reason to risk Rashford from the start. Give him another chance to try and rest, with Cavani, Greenwood and Pogba looking lively as a front three against Granada.