Manchester United will be looking for their first win of the season when they face newly promoted side Burnley at Turf Moor stadium.

Team News:

Starting XIs

Burnley (Possible, 4-4-2): Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Arfield, Marney, Jones, Taylor; Ings, Jutkiewicz.
Out: Vokes (knee).

Manchester United (Possible, 3-4-1-2): De Gea; Blackett, Jones, Evans; Valencia, Fletcher, Januzaj, Di María; Mata; Rooney, Van Persie. 
Out: Rojo (work permit), Kagawa (concussion), Herrera (ankle), Fellaini (foot), Carrick (ankle), Lingard (knee), Shaw (hamstring), Smalling, Rafael (both groin).

Record signing Angel Di Maria is expected to make his debut for the Red devils. Luke Shaw was earlier ruled out for a month due to a hamstring injury and Carrick is a long-term absentee. Blackett, Jones and Evans are expected to start as the back three, as Chris Smalling is out due to injury. Marcos Rojo is ineligible to play as he needs a work permit. Januzaj and Valencia are expected to start as wingbacks. Robin Van Persie and skipper Wayne Rooney are expected to start up front.

As for Burnley, boss Sean Dyche might field the same side that started against Swansea. Sam Vokes is the only injury concern for the home side.

Manager Quotes:

Louis Van Gaal: “Before September 1, I have given every player a reasonable chance – it would not have been good to come as a new manager and say ‘I want 11 new players’. The process needs time and we are building up a new team.

“I hope we shall succeed and that we are this year in the top four, because the Champions League suits a club like Manchester United.

“Then maybe the next step is to be champions and the next step after that is to be winner of the Champions League, but that needs time. A lot of clubs fight for many, many years and never succeed.

“We can still be the champions of England in my first year. Maybe you will laugh but in my former clubs I have started like this so for me it is not big news.”

Sean Dyche: “I think the word ‘crisis’ is harsh looking at their players.

“They’ve got some fine players. With tactical formats, I do think the 3-5-2 is the most radical change so it takes time for that to work. The power of Manchester United and the market means he may have ideas and designs over the next few days to get certain players who can do roles he feels that are not being done as well.

“I don’t know him, I’ve never worked with anyone who knows him. It will be interesting to have a coffee with him and ask him (about 3-5-2).

“I don’t know whether I’d get that chance but I would be interested in that. I’m a young manager learning and I’m always interested to hear what they have to say. If we do get that time I will ask him.

“From the outside it looks like he’s strong in that philosophy, he believes it can work and he’s going to mould the team accordingly and possibly add to it as he sees fit.”

Opta Stats:

  • Burnley’s only previous Premier League home game against Manchester United saw them win 1-0 thanks to a goal from Robbie Blake.
  • Manchester United have won five of their last six encounters with Burnley, keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
  • Manchester United have won only two of their last six Premier League games in August (D2 L2).
  • United have the lowest cross completion rate in the Premier League so far this season (5 per cent – excluding corners).
  • Angel Di Maria has assisted 11 goals in his last 11 league appearances.
  • Robin van Persie has failed to hit any sort of shot in each of his last two Premier League appearances – the first time that this has happening in his Man Utd career.
  • Burnley have played Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and now Manchester Utd in their last five Premier League games at Turf Moor.
  • Burnley have kept only three clean sheets in 40 Premier League games but one of them came at home to Manchester United in August 2009.
  • The Clarets are one of two teams (along with Barnsley) never to draw a Premier League game 0-0.
  • Of the seven ever-present teams in the Premier League, Manchester United have played in the lowest proportion of 0-0 draws (5.5 per cent).


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