The Red Devils will be eager to rise back from the poor form and put up a strong statement while the Clarets will be hoping to take advantage of the side’s shaky teamplays ahead of a long and contemplative international break.
Here’s how both managers are likely to lineup their squads on Sunday:
Jose Mourinho will be desperate for victory, and is likely to experiment with an attacking style of football itself.
His injury list has reduced considerably, as only Romero and Rojo are assured absences, with Dalot finally back in training but unlikely to start. Phil Jones picked up a hamstring injury against Spurs and will likely be absent as well.
Sanchez is apt to start the game and will be hoping to give the Red Devils some attacking edge, while Matic will be under pressure to recover his form at the heart of United’s midfield.
At the back, it will likely be the more aggressive Bailly that will get the start ahead of Lindelof in view of Jones’ injury, although the former won’t be in Mourinho’s good books due to mistakes he made against Brighton.
Martial and Rashford may feature heavily as substitutes, with Fellaini also likely to be United’s impact change in a hunt for doubling their points.
GK: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young
Midfielders: Fred, Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez
Sean Dyche’s lads aren’t better off in terms of morale either, as the week saw theme heartbreakingly crash out in the playoffs to the Europa League against Olympiakos.
Prepping for Europe also may have affected their league form, as they have yet to show the impressive run from last season.
In terms of injury, the likes of Nick Pope, Steven Defour, Brady, Lindegaard, and Gudmundsson are in various stages of recovery and will most probably not grace Turf Moor.
Choosing a keeper will be a bit of a challenge for the gaffer, who will be reliant on his strikers to make an impact against United.
GK: Tom Heaton
Defenders: Bardsley, Mee, Long, Taylor
Midfielders: McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick, Lennon
Strikers: Barnes, Vokes