Burnley 0 Manchester United 2: Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney seal win to close gap on top four

James Ducker
Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the starting line-up - PA

Manchester United were banking on Anthony Martial delivering here in more ways than one. With Marcus Rashford rested and Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming to terms with a cruciate knee ligament injury that Jose Mourinho admitted will be hard for a 35-year-old – even one as strong as the Swede – to deal with, the United manager really needed his stand-ins to deliver in his hour of need. 

They did that and then some, a landmark, if costly, goal for Martial followed by something of a collector’s item for that forgotten man Wayne Rooney, the combined effect of which was an invaluable three points against Burnley in the battle for the Premier League top four and a huge shot in the arm ahead of Thursday’s derby at Manchester City. Win at the Etihad Stadium and United will leapfrog their neighbours into fourth, even if Mourinho still seemed to be prioritising the Europa League on Sunday.

If Martial’s strike helps to secure Champions League football and, with it, a £40 million cash windfall, the club will doubtless consider the £8.4 million bill that accompanied it money well spent. The striker’s 25th goal for United since his move from Monaco in September 2015 triggered the first of three €10 million instalments to the French club to take his transfer fee to almost £45 million. 

Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney celebrate the Frenchman's 21st-minute opener at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters

The 21-year-old has not looked a £45 million player too often this season. In fact, he has been rebuked by Mourinho more times than he will probably care to remember. But he took the fight to Burnley, leading from the front and everyone else followed behind as United made light of Thursday’s energy-sapping encounter against Anderlecht to produce one of their most accomplished performances of the season and stretch their unbeaten run in the league to 23 matches. 

Paul Pogba limped off at the end, “dead” on his feet according to Mourinho, who raised the prospect of resting the midfielder against City, but do not count on it. Like Martial and defender Eric Bailly, Pogba excelled. “I cannot choose a player because they all performed really well in my eyes in relation to the plan and to the demands of their job,” Mourinho said. “They were all phenomenal.”

With injuries mounting and fatigue claiming more victims, the last thing Mourinho would have wanted was a slog, but as Liverpool, Everton and champions Leicester, all beaten at Turf Moor this season, and leaders Chelsea, held to a 1-1 draw, will testify, that is usually what opponents get. That United made such relatively light work of Burnley, then, spoke volumes. Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo’s names adorned the back of the training tops that the United players wore during the warm-up but neither were missed. United have seldom made life easy for themselves in the league, wasting chances to strike an early blow, encouraging opponents and invariably inviting pressure.

But this was the sort of highly professional performance Mourinho has craved – clinical, controlled, energy wisely expended. Pogba was omnipresent in midfield, where Ander Herrera’s return was most welcome and Marouane Fellaini quietly effective. 

In attack, Rooney, making only his second league start since Dec 17, worked the left flank tirelessly while Martial rendered redundant the pre-match disquiet about Rashford’s omission from the starting XI, one of eight changes from the Anderlecht game. Bailly, United’s only fit recognised centre-half, marshalled a makeshift defence superbly. 

With Rojo, like Ibrahimovic, facing a long lay-off after also being struck down against Anderlecht with a cruciate injury, Mourinho reacted to Bailly’s impressive turn by once again challenging the injured pair of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones not to allow the Ivorian to carry the burden alone. “If I was Smalling or Jones, I would play Thursday, with anything,” Mourinho said. “I wouldn’t accept one guy to play nine matches in a row because I am injured.

“I would do a last push. If they have a crazy mentality like I have, they would [play]. If they are safe thinking and they are surrounded by people with the same mentality they have, it is more time [out]. If it was me, nobody would stop me playing.”

Anthony Martial slides the ball past Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal to open the scoring at Turf Moor Credit: Getty Images

It helped that Burnley had a rare off-day at home but that owed much to United’s refusal to let them play their game. Andre Gray had a shot deflected wide from 12 yards out but they never really recovered once United went in front in the 21st minute. Mourinho has told Martial to be more like Rashford and he took those words to heart. 

Demonstrating the sort of doggedness that the England striker showcases, Martial won the ball from Joey Barton deep in United’s own half, surged forward and released a pass into Herrera’s path. His return ball was accurate and Martial, having continued his run into the penalty area, took a touch before steering a cool left-foot finish into the bottom corner. “He was very good, with the ball, without the ball, in a difficult match in the middle of two strong central defenders, without anyone just behind him because we had no No 10,” Mourinho said.

If Martial was a popular scorer, the same applied to Rooney. Pogba did brilliantly in the build-up, spinning away from Robbie Brady and a crude challenge by Barton, whom he showed up all afternoon, before releasing Martial. His shot from close range squirmed under the onrushing Tom Heaton and diverted to Rooney, who finished with the help of a deflection off Michael Keane. The ball had already crossed the line before Ben Mee cleared. Thereafter, United controlled the game with the minimum of fuss.

The top four is still on.

4:20PM

Match report coming up

James Ducker is our man at Turf Moor. Stay tuned.

4:19PM

Numbers have been crunched

If you're a Burnley fan, they don't make for pleasant reading

4:16PM

Graeme Souness on Wayne Rooney's performance

He had a quiet game. It was a poacher's goal. A player of his shape needs to be playing week in, week out.

Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal on his return to the United starting XI Credit: Getty Images

And a word from the man himself:

We knew this was a difficult place to come and win. It was a big loss losing Marcus and Zlatan. We wish them a speedy recovery. But that has given other players a chance to come in and stake a claim. Myself and Anthony have given the manager something to think about. We played well, got a goal each and got the win.

I was delighted to be back out there today. You want to play, of course, a few injuries have set me back. I feel strong now and am thankful to play and to score today.

We're set up for a big game against Manchester City on Thursday. It'll be two great teams and it's a big game for the City and both sides to get into that top four.

4:11PM

This is what it all means for the Premier League table

United close the gap on the top four. Burnley looking over the shoulder with a visit to Crystal Palace next up.

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4:09PM

Time on ball (at full time)

Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd 4:09PM

Average touch positions (full time)

Average touch positions (full time) 4:08PM

FULL TIME

And that's that. A comfortable win for Manchester United. An excellent, archetypal Jose Mourinho set up, executed to a tee.

4:06PM

93 min

Agyei tries to get a shot away under the close attention of two United defenders. His first effort is blocked, but he gets a second chance on the edge of the area but pulls it wide. De Gea looked ambivalent towards the whole situation.

4:04PM

90 min

Pogba looked in a spot of discomfort after that effort. Michael Carrick comes on in his place as a precaution. Doesn't look too serious.

Four minutes to be added on.

Joey Barton and Marouane Fellaini tangle in midfield Credit: Reuters

4:03PM

89 min

Pogba again showing good strenght on the ball to shake off Joey Barton. The Frenchman has very much won that little scrap in the centre of the park this afternoon.

Rooney has a speculative effort from about 35 yards that skims harmlessly wide of Heaton's post.

Pogba then drives forward as Burnley's defenders back off him. He decides to let fly and this time Heaton is scrambling, but his effort curls just wide. A real rasper.

Gary Neville has gone for Martial as his Man of the Match. A fair choice, Bailly could have been another.

4:00PM

87 min

Record attendance announced at Turf Moor for the season, but there hasn't been much for the home fans to cheer about. A frustrating day with limited chances on goal. I still don't think De Gea has had to make a save.

Burnley forced to knock the ball around the back four. Keane tries to go a bit more direct but his pass forward is intercepted by Fellaini.

3:58PM

85 min

Burnley still huffing and puffing. Agyei gets in a tangle with Eric Bailly down towards the corner flag and a free kick is given in favour of the visitors.

"Scabby," says Gary Neville.

3:56PM

83 min

This game is ambling towards its conclusion. Burnley aren't playing like a side who believe they can score. Darmian this time nipping in to stem an attack from the home side. Rashford breaks and takes a first time shot. Heaton does well to react and gets a fingertip on the drive towards his near post. Somehow the assistant missed it and a goal kick is given.

3:53PM

80 min

Anthony Taylor shows Pogba a yellow card for persistent fouling. Rooney goes in for dissent.

Brady whips the ball in, Michal Keane peels away from his marker but can't get his header on target. He may have been just trying to nod that back across the face of goal, but either way, it rumbles harmlessly wide.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaces Anthony Martial for the visitors. An excellent shift from the forward.

Plenty of plaudits on both social media and the commentary box for Eric Bailly's performance this afternoon.

3:49PM

76 min

19-year-old Daniel Agyei comes on for his home debut. He replaces Ashley Barnes as Sean Dyche uses up his final substituion. Agyei spent the first half of this season on loan at League One Coventry. Big step in class for the youngster this afternoon.

3:48PM

Time on ball (60 - 75 min)

Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd 3:47PM

75 min

Hendrick does well to shepherd Marcus Rashford out of play as the youngster tries to burn him for pace.

Andre Gray nearly wriggles past Eric Bailly to create a one-on-one chance with De Gea, but the centre half gets in a crucial challenge.

Talking of Gray, Barton's hair is showing increasing signs of age. Stress of the job.

Paul Pogba and Joey Barton challenge for the ball Credit: Getty Images

3:43PM

70 min

With the faint hope of being proved wrong, I can't see a way back into this for Burnley at the moment. They have looked as blunt as a bag of wet mice and have already been forced into two changes through injury. Options are short.

Turf Moor finally makes some noise and the home side press forward. Bailly deals with another high ball into the United penalty area with ease.

Anthony Martial skips past the Burnley defence Credit: Reuters

Marcus Rashford on for Jesse Lingard for the visitors.

3:38PM

66 min

Gray outmuscles Daley Blind down the right and whips in a dangerous cross. Eric Bailly does some vital covering work to get there before a prone Ashley Barnes. Best opening of the half for the home side.

Matthew Lowton picks up a booking for a heavy challenge on Wayne Rooney.

3:36PM

64 min

Lingard plays in Rooney on the left hand side of the penalty area, but the striker slips just as he was about to pull the trigger. Flat. On. His. Face.

I think Burnley have maybe had one shot on goal so far this half, if that. Jeff Hendrick and Andre Gray working to correct that down the left but again United's defence holds firm.

3:35PM

62 min

Johann Berg Gudmundsson, the Icelandic midfielder who has missed the last eight games with a knee injury, replaces George Boyd for the home side. Boyd looks to have picked up a knock himself.

Statistical confirmation of Martial's impressive showing:

3:34PM

Time on ball (45 - 60 min)

Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd 3:33PM

60 min

United playing some decent football. Martial and Rooney exchanging passes on the edge of the Burnley penalty area. Martial slips in the England striker, who is incensed that the referee has awarded a goal kick. Looked like Michael Keane got a crucial toe on the ball to divert it away from the United skipper. 

Burnley's Andre Gray takes on Manchester United's Matteo Darmian Credit: REX

3:30PM

58 min

All too easy for United to deal with.

3:29PM

57 min

Michael Keane does well to avert another dangerous United attack with Anthony Martial running at him towards the byline. That goal has added a bit of joie de vivre to the Frenchman's play.

Burnley counter and win a corner.

3:27PM

55 min

Martial and Pogba with some neat interplay and the latter lets fly from a good 30 yards out, forcing Heaton to parry clear. A comfortable but necessary save.

If there is to be another goal, you sense it will be a United third.

3:25PM

52 min

Burnley looking rudderless at the moment. They're forced back in possession by United and resort to knocking sideways balls around the back four, one of which ends up being put out for a throw in. Dychey. Ideas, please.

United depressingly efficient at present.

3:20PM

48 min

George Boyd is space on the left hand touchline, switching flanks with Robbie Brady, as he had done towards the end of the first half. The Scot can't wrap his foot around his cross and it flies out for a goal kick.

3:19PM

46 min

The ball is kicked back-and-forth.

3:19PM

Can Burnley buck their ideas up?

What can they do to turn things around in the second half? Steven Defour is an option from the bench, the midfielder might be able to offer the incision that his side were lacking the first 45. United have been defending reasonably deep, so Gray's pace has largely been taken out of the equation, while any long balls towards Ashley Barnes have been marshaled well by big Marouane. More width needed, methinks. Get those full backs bombing on.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche with thinking to do at half time Credit: Reuters

But by the looks of things James Tarkowski is coming on in the place of Ben Mee. Central defender for central defender. Must be an injury. Indeed confirmation that Ben Mee picked up an ankle injury during the first half.

Tarkowski has spent over 2 days and 10 hours sitting on Burnley's bench this season. I hope he hasn't got too many splinters.

3:13PM

Impressive numbers for Manchester's midfield maestro

 And the away side themselves:

3:09PM

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3:07PM

A dream half for United

The perfect 45 for the away side. Mourinho sticking Fellaini to Barnes has stymied the home side's aerial bombardment. Anthony Martial has answered his manager's call to fulfil his potential with an assist and a goal, although clearly that does not mean he's shaken off his critics just yet.

And Wayne Rooney has a goal! All in all, that couldn't have gone much better for Mourinho.

Wayne Rooney bundles in United's second Credit: Getty Images

3:02PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time) 3:02PM

Time on ball (first half)

Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd 3:01PM

45 mins

Two minutes added on.

The game starting to breakdown a little as we approach the interval. Sean Dyche has some chewing gum to masticate as he plots his tactical tweaks for the second half.

2:59PM

44 min

Brady goes for the Mee-Herrera mismatch again. Mee gets his knock back back onto the penalty spot this time, but bizarrely not a man is there. United finally get to the ball first and No Nonsense it clear.

2:58PM

43 min

Pogba cops his fair of stick, but the midfielder made that goal, even if the assist will probably go to Martial.

Gray shoots on the turn but it's deflected off Eric Bailly for a Burnley corner.

2:55PM

GOAL!

Wayne Rooney has doubled Man Utd's lead - it's now 0-2.

Scrappy-Doo.

Brilliant work from Paul Pogba to shake off two defenders and slide in Anthony Martial. Tom Heaton comes out to close him down but Martial's shot bobbles through the underside of the goakeeper's body. Rooney gets to the loose ball and his shot is half-blocked by Michael Keane, but the ball squeezes by and bounces over the line before Ward can clear it off the line.

Burnley 0 - 2 Man Utd (Wayne Rooney, 39 min) 2:54PM

39 min

Andre Gray manages to turn United's defence and sends in a cross, but it's easily dealt with by the visitor's defence. It's pressure of a kind from Burnley. Territory and possession, but still no threat on goal.

United continue to look dangerous on the break with the pace of Martial and Lingard.

Barnes challenges Fellaini Credit: AFP

2:52PM

37 min

Robbie Brady getting plenty of opportunities to stick it into the proverbial mixer. There's a bit of roughhousing in the penalty area, which the referee needs to sort out. Decent delivery from Brady. Blind gets an important touch and its out for a corner. No, goal kick. Looked like the defender got a nick.

2:48PM

33 min

Mourinho loves a good man marker. He glued Herrera to Hazard in his side's win over Chelsea and this time it looks like Fellaini has been instructed to deal with Ashley Barnes' aerial threat.

That is a definite penalty for me, having seen the replays of Barton's challenge on Rooney. The midfielder is caught the wrong side of the striker and comes haring in, taking Rooney's standing leg from underneath him. Neville says "minimal contact". It looked more than minimal to me.

United shading possession 54%-46%.

2:46PM

Time on ball (15 - 30 min)

Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd 2:45PM

31 min

Rooney is bundled over in the penalty area by Joey Barton. Appeals for a penalty waved away. It looked clumsy, certainly didn't look like Barton got any of the ball. The midfielder perhaps a touch fortunate there.

2:44PM

29 min

Fellaini's limbs are flailing everywhere. The midfielder is bouncing around Burnley's defenders like a dodgems car, seemingly having a wail of a time trying to deal with the home side's long balls. Too much elbow, though, and the referee has a word.

United dealing well with the physicality of Gray and Barnes thus far. Gray tries to turn and run Darmian but overcooks it and it goes out for a goal kick.

Lowton does well to get in behind the right but stretches for the cross and it flies into the arms of De Gea. The United goalkeeper still yet to make a save.

Martial's goal:

Manchester United's Anthony Martial scores their first goal Credit: Reuters

2:39PM

Most of that was down to Heaton, and he nearly kept that record clean

 Also a costly goal for United:

2:37PM

GOAL!

Anthony Martial scores for Man Utd to make it 0-1!

Under pressure at one end, Manchester United break, and with devastating effect. Anthony Martial wins the ball from Joey Barton, creating a three-on-two opportunity with pace to burn. The Frenchman exchanges a one-two with Ander Herrera to work himself into the penalty area. Heaton gets a stud on the shot but it's not enough to direct it away from goal.

Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 21 min) 2:34PM

19 min

Game starting to pick up some tempo. Ashley Young with some excellent work from a short corner, twisting and turning around a couple of Burnley defenders to fashion a shooting chance but, as has been the case with most so far, his effort is blocked.

Rooney then tries an audacious chip into the top corner after a break from Jesse Lingard. Heaton looks panicked for a moment but the ball sails over the bar. Not sure if that was a cross or a shot. The former, probably, having seen the replays.

2:31PM

16 min

Brady goes to the back post and finds a mismatch between Ben Mee and Ander Herrera. Mee loops an attempted knock back over the bar.

Rooney's chance from earlier:

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney shoots at goal Credit: Reuters

2:31PM

Time on ball (0 - 15 min)

Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd 2:30PM

15 min

A couple of potshots from both sides. First Pogba hits a loose ball from the edge of the area but his shot is blocked. Then Robbie Brady puts in a defence-splitting pass on the counter and George Boyd has a pop that is cleared. Corner to Burnley.

2:27PM

12 min

Ashley Young swings in a corner and Fellaini loses Michael Keane. The Belgian has a free header from six yards but he thumps it straight into Tom Heaton's bread basket. Should have scored.

2:24PM

Man Utd have their first sight of goal

Man Utd respond to the earlier Burnley effort with their first shot of the game.

Big chance for United. Martial down the left and puts in a cross in that bobbles around the Burnley defence. It falls to Rooney who scuffs an awkward shot towards goal, but Ben Mee gets in a half-block and Heaton falls on the loose ball.

The United captain couldn't quite wrap his foot around the ball, which was slightly behind him.

Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 2:23PM

9 min

Burnley with most of the ball in these early stages. Not a lot doing, though. Robbie Brady gets a sight of goal but flashes his volley wide.

Barton tries to find Gray again with a through ball, but their wavelengths aren't in sync and the striker didn't make the run Barton was expecting. It trickles harmlessly into the hands of De Gea.

2:21PM

6 min

Barton wins the ball in midfield and threads a ball to Andre Gray. The striker tries to take on Darmian but the defender does well and gets a foot in before Gray can ghost past.

The home side harrying United's midfield. Compact shape, giving nothing away. They've turned the ball over a few times already.

2:18PM

4 min

What's happening? Not much. Burnley have pumped it long to Gray and Barnes a couple of times. It hasn't worked. The ball has gone out of play a couple of times.

Andre Gray has a heavy touch and goes in a tad hard on Paul Pogba as he tries to make amends. He catches the midfielder's right foot, who stays down. Gray gets a talking to.

2:16PM

1 min: Burnley kick off

Rooney is lining up on the left of midfield for Manchester United. Anthony Martial playing through the centre.

2:15PM

Action coming up...

2:11PM

Plenty more where that came from

Twitter is relentless in its mockery. No surprise there.

2:07PM

Messages of support for United's injured players

Manchester United's players warm up in shirts offering support for Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Both players face long lay-offs after injuring their cruciate knee ligaments against Anderlecht Credit: REX

2:01PM

Indicative of United's "draw" problem

2:00PM

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

No one gave us a chance at the start of the season, so we've surprised a few. We've had a tough run, but we've taken enough points out of those games to keep us in good shape. The results around us are irrelevant. We can only control what we do.

They [United] are not exactly weak, but maybe they're weakened. Rooney comes in, and he's not bad.

The three teams directly below Burnley all won yesterday.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche Credit: Getty Images

1:57PM

Stalemate on the cards?

It finished as a goalless draw when these two sides met at Old Trafford earlier in the season, and you wouldn't bet against a similar result this afternoon.

Burnley's defensive record has been excellent this season, particularly at home, conceding just 14 goals at Turf Moor. Speaking to some supporters before the game, they were keen to point out that their record is not only the work of England internationals and former United men Tom Heaton and Michael Keane, but also the startling improvements that Matthew Lowton and Ben Mee have shown in their defensive line. United, meanwhile, have gone 22 games unbeaten in the league, but their propensity to draw too many games has been well documented.

With eight changes in today's United line-up from their victory over Anderlecht, Sean Dyche may well be making the point that it is three, not one, that his side should be aiming for this afternoon.

We can hear from him in just a moment...

1:48PM

Mourinho in bullish mood

"On Thursday we had 15 clear chances and couldn't score. Today I expect a couple of shots and a couple of goals," says the United manager.

Jose Mourinho arrives at the stadium before the Premier League match at Turf Moor Credit: PA

1:42PM

Fight For Survival

Three more points for Burnley should do it, you'd think.

Fight For Survival

1:39PM

The run-ins:

Whose would you prefer? I'd take Liverpool's. United's looks gruesome.

Race For Top 4

1:34PM

Can United secure a top four finish?

If they win today, you should be able to work out how many points off fourth they will be. Three points for a win, remember.

United can of course secure qualification for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Mourinho won't want to bank on that, however.

1:31PM

Manchester United side arrive at Turf Moor

An opportunity for Wayne Rooney, who wears the captain's armband today, to prove that he still has a future at the club.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United Credit: REX
Manchester United's Paul Pogba arrives before the match Credit: Reuters

1:27PM

Encouraging statistics for the home side

1:25PM

A man with a point to prove

Burnley and England centre back Michael Keane could trigger a transfer merry-go-round between Burnley, United and Tottenham, if a potential sale to the London club goes ahead. Spurs have entered the race to sign the 24-year-old from Stockport, while Everton and United have also been credited with an interest in re-signing Keanewho they sold to Burnley for just £2 million two years ago. Manager Jose Mourinho, however, is desperate to take Eric Dier from Spurs, so Keane's move from Turf Moor to White Hart Lane could facilitate that.

Michael Keane is the subject of transfer interest from several top Premier League clubs, including today's opponents and former club Manchester United Credit: REX

Keane has previously spoken of his desire to prove that his former club were wrong to release him, and has gone some way to  doing that this season, securing a starting spot in England's defence alongside Gary Cahill and United's Chris Smalling.

"I was always confident in my ability," said Keane. "I always thought I would make it at United. A few changes in managers did not help and when I left I felt I had a point to prove, and it made me work that bit harder. I am thankful to Sean Dyche at Burnley for the work he has done with me and the faith he has put in me.

"I feel maybe I have proved a point. I feel I have done well, personally, so there is not much more I can do."

1:18PM

Team news

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Barton, Hendrick, Brady; Gray Barnes

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Blind, Young; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba; Lingard, Rooney, Martial.

1:14PM

Good afternoon

The latest news on the injuries afflicting Jose Mourinho's squad is bleak. Reports last night confirmed that both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are facing prolonged spells on the sidelines after diagnoses of damage to their cruciate knee ligaments, suffered during their side's 2-1 Europa League win over Anderlecht on Thursday night. 

In a statement, United said:

Detailed investigations on the injuries sustained by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Thursday’s Europa League match have confirmed significant knee ligament damage in both players that requires specialist opinions over the coming days.

Estimations of time to full recovery will only be possible once definitive treatment plans have been decided after these consultations.

Ibrahimovic's injury has thrown his future at the club into doubt, with the Swedish striker out of contract at the end of the season.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives treatment for an injury sustained during Thursday night's Europa League tie against Anderlecht  Credit: PA

Can Burnley exploit a potentially fatigued Manchester United line-up and take three precious points that will effectively seal a second successive season in the Premier League?

1:04PM

Burnley v Man Utd - all you need to know

What is it?

This is the Premier League match between Champions League-chasing Manchester United and almost clear of relegation Burnley.

When is it?

The match takes place on Sunday April 23, 2017 at Turf Moor.

What time is kick-off?

It will kick off at 2.15pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 1.30pm. Should you not have access to that channel, you can get all the latest news and updates on this page, which will turn into our live blog at around 1pm.

What is the team news?

Burnley

Sean Dyche will be without the injured Dean Marney, while Scott Arfield, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Kevin Long are all doubtful. 

Otherwise Burnley have a full squad to choose from. 

Possible starting XI (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Mee, Keane, Ward; Boyd, Hendrick, Barton, Brady; Vokes, Barnes. 

Pick your Burnley team to face Man Utd

Man Utd

United are expected to be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, both of whom went off injured in Thursday night's 2-1 win against Anderlecht. Jose Mourinho will also be missing the injured trio of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Juan Mata. 

Possible starting XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Blind, Bailly, Darmian; Fellaini, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford. 

Pick your Man Utd team to face Burnley

What are they saying?

Mourinho said of United's injury problems:

“I want to wait but my feeling is not good for both [Ibrahimovic and Rojo]. I want to wait and be optimistic but I’m not.

“[Defensively] we have Daley Blind, he has experience in the position and I think it’s time for Jones and Smalling to be brave, to risk, because for the team they have to do everything. You cannot do miracles. Miracles I don’t expect but you have to try to do everything to accelerate the process.

"If it was me, I think it should be tomorrow. They cannot make miracles, even with a crazy mentality they cannot play Sunday [against Burnley], there are no miracles. But with a special spirit you can come back sooner than the  expected – so rather than mid-May they can come back the beginning of May.”

Europa League final? Why not... Credit: PA

What are the odds?

Burnley win: 6/1 Draw: 3/1 Man Utd win: 4/7

What's our prediction?

A tricky turn around for Manchester United after their Europa League win against Anderlecht on Thursday night. Will fatigue kick in a week after their brilliant win over Chelsea? We're going for a 0-0 blank.

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