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The moment has finally arrived for Manchester United fans. Avoid defeat against Burnley and they can finally put an end to the nonsense of being “joint-top” and rejoice at the fact that they are actually on the summit of the league.
United will go top in January for the first time since their last Premier League winning campaign in 2013 if they can avoid defeat at Turf Moor, but they will really be targeting three points ahead of a huge clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
Their superb away form since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes last January should see them over the line against Burnley on Tuesday. United are unbeaten in Premier League away games since Fernandes joined, winning 11 and drawing three.
They have been almost flawless on their travels this season, winning six of their seven away games and only dropping points in their most recent away fixture against Leicester. However, United are playing The Clarets at a bad time and would have been better served playing them on the opening day of the season when this game was originally scheduled.
Sean Dyche’s side have collected 11 points from their last six league games and their only defeat in that period came courtesy of some very controversial VAR decisions at Elland Road. In contrast, they collected just two points from their opening six league games and would have been much less intimidating in September. United still should have too much for them though.
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As good as United have been on the road, their defending has left a lot to be desired. The Red Devils have gone behind in all six of their away wins this season and have conceded 11 goals in their seven away games.
The fact that they won 3-2 on three occasions – their most common scoreline on their travels – speaks volumes. In fairness to United, they have been pure entertainment away from Old Trafford this year, but it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet.
While some Manchester United fans worried that Edinson Cavani would resemble Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford, the Uruguayan forward has been more like Zlatan Ibrahimovic – bringing class and experience to United’s young attack. He has only scored four goals for United – all of them on the road – but he has only made five starts since his arrival from PSG and has been excellent when playing up front.
He has missed the last three games through suspension and could be thrown straight into United’s starting line-up given the struggles of United’s attack against Manchester City in the League Cup, but he would also prove a useful weapon off the bench if United need a goal.
Martial may be enduring a difficult season, but he does boast a formidable record at Turf Moor. The French striker has scored on his last three appearance there, while his form has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.
Martial has three goals and four assists in his last five starts for United, and has been getting into much better positions than earlier in the season. His finishing let him down in the 6-2 thrashing of Leeds in December, but he showed good reactions to turn Aaron Wan Bissaka’s cross home against Aston Villa and could continue his impressive record at Burnley on Tuesday.
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