Kick-off: 2015, 30/12/2021
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Amazon Prime
Manchester United put in yet another disjointed display at Newcastle and offer little appeal at short odds when entertaining Burnley.
The Clarets can boast a good record at Old Trafford and have been draw specialists of late, sharing the spoils seven times in 10 Premier League outings.
We feel 5.0 for another stalemate here is tempting enough to be our first Man Utd vs Burnley prediction.
Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Ralf Rangnick began his United reign with scrappy 1-0 wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich and was fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.
Second-half substitute Edinson Cavani cancelled out Allan Saint-Maximin’s early stunner but the Magpies were the better team for long periods and created clearer chances.
Rangnick admitted: “We didn’t play good…the major problem was the way that we played in those moments when it was about physicality.
“We just had too many unforced errors, too many give-aways when we were in possession of the ball – including the goal – and that didn’t make life any easier for us.
“It was better in the second half, but still not on the kind of level that we would have to play in order to control games.”
Senior figures such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire again looked out of sorts mentally and physically, while Raphael Varane was incredibly rusty on his return from injury.
Cavani at least provided a spark when coming off the bench and he did also net late on versus Burnley at this venue in April.
Looking at the 4.2.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Maguire, Varane, Dalot, Telles, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Ronaldo, Rashford, Greenwood.
Burnley’s Betting Odds
Like United, Burnley had a pre-Christmas break due to Covid-related postponements, so there is a fear that they may struggle to find some rhythm early on.
However, the Clarets have a well-established style of playing and that should help them to settle soon enough.
Sean Dyche’s side are in the bottom three due to winning only once this term, but just two defeats in 10 matches is a decent effort, especially as one was away to Manchester City.
Burnley also love visiting this ground, where they followed up three straight draws with a 2-0 victory in January 2020.
Even last season’s 3-1 defeat was a touch unfortunate, with the Clarets on level terms until conceding twice in the closing stages.
Dyche will have noted United’s shaky displays of late, as Palace had a great chance to take the lead here and Norwich pressed hard for a late leveller.
Against Newcastle, the Red Devils were grateful for Saint-Maximin missing a sitter, Jacob Murphy hitting the post and David De Gea saving brilliantly from Miguel Almiron.
Chris Wood has struck a couple of times at Old Trafford and appeals at 6.25 for a score draw completes the list.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Cork, Gudmundsson, McNeil, Westwood, Wood, Rodriguez.
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