Follow all the action as Burnley welcome Manchester United to Turf Moor in the Premier League this evening.
Sean Dyche’s side are embroiled in a relegation battle and currently sit bottom of the table, although they have played at least two games fewer than their closest rivals. Burnley missed the chance to kickstart their survival bid in a disappointing 0-0 draw against fellow strugglers Watford last weekend as January signing Wout Weghorst made his debut up front. The Clarets are still only three points adrift of safety, though, and Dyche hopes the club can take advantage of the disruption and disharmony at United.
Ralf Rangnick’s squad have been rocked by the arrest of Mason Greenwood, while Jesse Lingard publicly questioned the head coach’s assertion that he asked for time off after being denied a deadline day move to Newcastle. United were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough on penalties in the fourth round last weekend in a disjointed performance. United do still have strong hopes of securing a Champions League spot this season and currently sit in fourth, although both Arsenal and Tottenham boast games in hand.
Follow all the latest updates from Turf Moor below:
Burnley vs Man Utd: An historic night for Burnley
Tonight marks Burnley’s 5,000th professional league game. The only other club to reach that landmark is Preston North End and Claret’s owner Alan Pace is proud of this achievement.
Writing in tonight’s match programme, Pace says:
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:36
Burnley vs Man Utd: Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick warns players to settle disputes in private
Ralf Rangnick has admitted that he would prefer his Manchester United players to address disagreements in private rather than social media after public disputes with two players in the space of a month.
Jesse Lingard last week contradicted the United manager’s claim that the 29-year-old had asked for time to “clear his mind” after a proposed loan move to Newcastle United broke down.
Lingard’s comments followed those of team-mate Anthony Martial, who hit back last month when Rangnick suggested that the France international had refused to join up with the squad for a trip to play Aston Villa.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:32
Burnley v Man Utd
Burnley are unbeaten in five Premier League home fixtures but have won just eleven in 18 matches at Turf Moor.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:29
Burnley vs Man Utd: Manchester United under Rangnick
Manchester United have taken 21 points from their last 10 league fixtures since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They’ve won six, drawn three and lost just eleven.
United have also won 34 of their 56 Premier League games played on Tuesdays, more than any other side.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:26
Burnley vs Man Utd: Rangnick on Pogba’s return
Paul Pogba returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines to start against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last Friday and although he didn’t last the whole game Ralf Rangnick was impressed with what he saw from the midfielder. He said:
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:22
Burnley vs Man Utd: Stuggling Clarets
It has been nine Premier League matches without a win for Burnley, who have only scored two goals in their last seven games. Their solitary victory in 22 league games came against Brentford in October.
During that run they’ve drawn 10 and lost 11 games.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:19
Burnley vs Man Utd: Manchester United’s Ralf Rangnick urges wantaway stars to aid top-four bid
And the German, who has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the campaign, admits he would be happy if the knock-on effect of that is finishing fourth in the Premier League.
Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata are all in the final months of their contracts and could move on in the summer.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:16
Burnley vs Man Utd: Head-to-head
Burnley have lost their last five Premier League home matches against Manchester United without scoring. United’s solitary defeat in this fixture, home or away, in the last 14 meetings came at Old Trafford in January 2020 (they’ve won nine and drawn four during that run).
Manchester United have picked up more points at Turf Moor than they have at Old Trafford in Premier League games against the Clarets. Only one of Burnley’s 10 Premier League goals against United has been scored at home, a Robbie Blake winner in August 2009.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:12
Burnley vs Man Utd: Team changes
Sean Dyche makes two changes to the Burnley team that he drew with Watford at the weekend. Jay Rodriguez and Josh Brownhill both return to the XI with Aaron Lennon and Dale Stephens dropping out.
Ralf Rangnick has benched Cristiano Ronaldo in one of two changes from the team that lost to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last Friday. Also out is goalkeeper Dean Henderson, replaced with the returning David De Gea. Edinson Cavani starts in favor of Ronaldo.
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:08
Burnley vs Man Utd: Line-ups
Burnley XI: Pope, Roberts, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet, Weghorst, Rodriguez
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani
Michael Jones8 February 2022 19:00
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.