15 minutes: One other objective at Molineux, the place it’s now Wolves 1-1 Everton, Ruben Neves with the equaliser.
14 minutes: Cavani and Mee go for a similar excessive ball. Mee places out his hand to carry off his rival, which lands on the again of the Uruguayan’s neck. Cavani goes down clutching his face.
13 minutes: The ball drops kindly to Mee, who hammers a shot wildly off course from distance.
10 minutes: Burnley have carried out all the numerous attacking within the very early phases, and it appears their plan is to place Wan-Bissaka underneath maximal strain with early excessive balls down their left flank.
7 minutes: Gudmundsson’s excessive ball into the field is knocked down and practically drops to Barnes, who flattens Maguire in his desperation to achieve it and concedes a free kick.
5 minutes: “I’m deeply conflicted tonight,” writes Richard Hirst. “As a Fulham supporter I badly want Burnley to lose however as a paid up member of the Anybody However United brigade I can’t help them both. I’m hoping for a 0-0 draw with a mass brawl resulting in each golf equipment having factors deducted for failing to regulate their gamers. At the very least that will heat up a chilly night time!” One of many worst issues about soccer supporting is when it leaves you wanting either side to lose a recreation you occur to be watching.
1 min: The sport’s first shot comes throughout the opening 20 seconds, when an extended ball from proper to left bounces to Brady, who hammers a left-footer excessive from the sting of the field.
1 min: Peeeeeeep! The whistle blows, Ashley Westwood kicks off, he realises everybody else is on one knee, so he does too and bashfully re-kicks-off a couple of moments later.
“In case by some unusual accident Man Utd are awarded a penalty this night, is there a story/case to be made that the skippy leap of he who will take it constitutes “ungentlemanly conduct” and ought to be stamped down on like a Monty Python foot?”
I don’t assume so, as he doesn’t come to a standstill. United got 14 penalties final season, twice as many because the fourth most-penaltied workforce within the division and three forward of No2, however they’re solely joint second on this season’s penalty desk with six, 4 behind Leicester and degree with Brighton.
“Large name by Ole to play Maguire IMO,” writes Peter Kingsnorth. “He’s a yellow card away from a one-match suspension. Liverpool would tear a Bailly-Lindelof pairing to shreds. May have gone with Tuanzabe at left CB at this time. Selections, selections … who’d be a supervisor, eh?” That is certainly a danger. For what it’s value, Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Luke Shaw are all two bookings away from a ban (although they must get each bookings within the subsequent three video games together with this one, after which they’ll get one other 5 bookings earlier than they’re banned). Burnley’s most-booked gamers, Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Westwood, are each additionally two bookings away from a ban, they usually have 4 extra video games earlier than the yellow card mini-amnesty kicks in.
Right here is photographic proof that Manchester United’s gamers have arrived at Turf Moor. Appears to be like like all of them have to point out picture ID on their telephones and have the suitable QR code earlier than they’re let in.
4 adjustments for Burnley, who herald Westwood, Pope, Brownhill and Lowton and take out Cork, Norris, Stephens and Bardsley. United make a great deal of adjustments to the workforce that beat Watford – in come De Gea, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Martial and Cavani – however the one adjustments to the workforce that began their final Premier League recreation see Fred and McTominay drop out, and Matic and Cavani are available in.
The workforce sheets have been submitted, and tonight’s key names are these ones:
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, Brady, Wooden, Barnes. Subs: Cork, McNeil, Stephens, Rodriguez, Norris, Bardsley, Vydra, Lengthy, Benson.
Man Utd: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Martial, Cavani. Subs: Mata, Greenwood, Fred, James, Henderson, Alex Telles, van de Beek, Tuanzebe, McTominay.
Referee: Kevin Pal.
Manchester United have gained eight and drawn two of their final 10 matches. They won’t have spent a lot of the season wanting very like a title-winning workforce, however that’s title-winning kind, they usually begin the night second within the desk, behind Liverpool on objective distinction with this recreation in hand. Something however defeat and they’ll sit alone on the prime of the league by bedtime, and the final time they led the league as late right into a season as this was eight years in the past, Sir Alex Ferguson’s title-winning closing marketing campaign.
“We have to get factors in opposition to Burnley earlier than anybody can say you’re prime of the desk however that’s a place that now we have put ourselves in,” says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “So I want to assume that we go into this recreation not fascinated with the place we’ll find yourself tomorrow night time within the desk however the place we will find yourself within the desk in Might. That’s what issues. You accumulate the factors all through the season so if at one level you assume ‘Ah, we’ve made it now, we’ve cracked it,’ and also you chill out, that’s when it’s going to hit you again. So we’re very targeted.”
Burnley have gained 4 of their final eight, and are a distinct prospect to the facet that began the season so poorly. “I don’t assume anybody’s doubted [United’s] skill for an extended whereas, it’s getting the consistency into the workforce and profitable video games,” says Sean Dyche. “They’re displaying a lot stronger indicators of that clearly over the past run of video games. The principle factor is about our efficiency ranges, and I believe they’ve received stronger because the season’s gone on. We’re on little run ourselves.”
An attention-grabbing night doubtlessly awaits, or as attention-grabbing as evenings involving Dyche’s Burnley ever are (apologies, Burnley followers, however I’ve been burned too many occasions). Let’s share it, lets?