Manchester United have named Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani in their side to face Burnley tonight.
United lock horns with the Clarets at Turf Moor in the Premier League this evening (8.15pm kick off GMT), with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making 10 changes to the side that played Watford in the FA Cup. Only centre-back Bailly keeps his spot.
Solskjaer has recalled firstteam stars Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and David de Gea, while it looks like Paul Pogba will make a return to a more central position against Burnley. He plays alongside Matic in midfield.
Midfielders Fred and Scott McTominay have to make do with a place on the United bench, so too does Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood.
Before the game, United boss Solskjaer spoke to the club’s official website about how he’s managed to keep the squad relatively injury and illness free this season. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on football as well as the wider world, with games played behind closed doors.
“I think it’s a good mix between a few factors,” Solskjaer said on United’s injury record.
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Manchester United got back to winning ways with a low-key 1-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup.
Scott McTominay’s early header was enough for the win at Old Trafford, as United booked their place in the hat for the fourth round.
United will now refocus on their league campaign with crucial games to come this week against Burnley and Liverpool.
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“The staff have done a great job – both the technical staff and also the medical and fitness staff. They work on the players every day and the players are looking after themselves, which I think is a must.
“I’m very pleased with the way they’ve handled this situation, because it’s a difficult situation, especially mentally, being in lockdown for so long. That also might help with the rest and recovery, in that they don’t have too much to do outside of football.”
United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba, Fernandes; Rashford, Martial, Cavani.
Subs: Henderson, Telles, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Fred, James, Mata, Van de Beek, Greenwood.