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Preview: Manchester United vs Burnley

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Manchester United are gunning for a ninth straight win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they face Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

“The players have to be proud of the form and the momentum they’re building” said Solskjaer after United beat Brighton 2-1 in their last home game. They then dispatched Arsenal in the FA Cup on Friday and are looking to stay true to their stunning form.

Solskjaer still sees flaws in his United side though and claims there is work left to do. “We need to improve on quite a few things,” he said after facing Brighton. “Defensively we need to find out shape better. We need to defend better with the ball. Okay, we’re under the cosh, we’re winning 2-1, keep it away from them. Let them run and try to get hold of the ball.

At the other end of the field though, United’s guns are blazing in a way they so rarely did during Jose Mourinho’s tenure. Marcus Rashford has been a particular highlight, having scored 5 goals in his last 8 games.

Solskjaer was full of praise for the young striker: “No one beats him on work rate. No one beats him on attitude and at the moment he’s very confident in-front of goal. He finishes, he tried to shoot, he doesn’t think twice about it… At the moment I think he’s playing the best football of his career.”

Conversely Burnley recently took a 5-0 hiding at the hands of Manchester City. Sean Dyche has steadied the ship though, other than that performance, after a poor start to the season. Dropping Joe Hart and replacing him with Tom Heaton was a big call from Dyche but it has added a solidity that was previously lacking.

January has also seen the clarets rejuvenate their league campaign, drawing with Watford and beating Fulham and Huddersfield. Things are looking better at Turf Moor but winning away at Old Trafford is likely to be a bridge too far.

Burnley sit three points from the relegation zone and desperately need to build on their newly regained solidity. Safety will be their priority.

At the other end of the table United are only three points from Chelsea, who sit in fourth place. They will hope this run of form can secure the reds Champions League football next season. Anything less than a win at home to Burnley will disappoint United fans, the clarets have upset the odds before though.

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