Two loss out of three opening fixtures is not the way in which Jose Mourinho envisioned his third season at Old Trafford to go, and Manchester United could be in danger of losing a spectacular third game in a row if they fail to recover against Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.
The Red Devils will need to regain confidence following an abysmal 3-0 home loss to Tottenham and a 3-2 loss to Brighton to leave them languishing in 13th place in the table.
Burnley will also have added incentive to win the fixture as they are also off the backs of two successive losses – to Watford and newly promoted Fulham.
|Game||Burnley vs Manchester United|
|Date||Sunday, September 2|
|Time||4pm BST / 11am EST|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed online via the NBC Sports Live app.
The game will not be shown in the United Kingdom (UK).
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports||NBC Sports Live|
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Hart, Etheridge, Smithies|
|Defenders||Tarkowski, Lowton, Mee, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Morrison, Bennett, Peltier, Cunningham|
|Midfielders||Lennon, Cork, Taylor, Ralls, Paterson, Murphy, Arter, Camarasa,|
|Forwards||Hendrick, Wood, Zohore, Ward, Madine|
The Clarets will be without Steven Defour, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and goalkeeper Nick Pope due to injury.
Both Anders Lindegaard and Robbie Brady are also sidelined.
Burnley XI: Hart; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee(C), Taylor; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Hendrick; Wood.
|Position||Man United players|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Grant, Kovar, Romero|
|Defenders||Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Dalot, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian|
|Midfielders||Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Andreas, Fred, Herrera, Fellaini, Matic, McTominay, Gomes, Hamilton|
|Forwards||Lukaku, Rashford, Martial, Sanchez, Chong, Bohui|
The quartet of Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez were all in the XI included in the loss to Tottenham and all four are retained as Mourinho looks to avoid three straight defeats.
Defender Phil Jones was was forced off the pitch on Monday and is a doubt for the clash against Burnley, but Eric Bailly has not been given a starting berth.
Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot and Sergio Romero remain out for United.
Man United XI: De Gea; Valencia(C), Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw; Fellaini, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.
Betting & Match Odds
Manchester United are priced at odds of winning 7/10 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 11/4. A win for Burnley is up for 5/1.
Mourinho's terrible week started at the 3-0 home loss to Tottenham (which marked his worst ever home defeat) and has seemed to be on a downward spiral throughout the opening weeks of the season.
Following his clashes with the Manchester United board due to their inability to supply him with the players he wanted to sign in the summer, the Portuguese manager was subjected to a shock loss away to Brighton and then a devastating defeat at Old Trafford to Mauricio Pochettino's men.
The press conference that ensued seemed to perfectly encapsulate the mayhem in which he has been embroiled with at Man United this season – stating that he demands 'respect' due to having won three Premier League titles despite losing by a scoreline of 3-0 at home.
In his most recent press conference, Mourinho cited philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel in his latest bizarre rant.
The Red Devils will need to bounce back fast and hard if they want to continue to remain in the race to challenge for the title, as their rivals Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea already occupy the top half of the table.
Sean Dyche's Burnley will be disappointed following their exit from the Europa League after failing to beat Olympiakos, and are yet to register a win this season in the Premier League after drawing to Southampton on opening day.