We’ve been robbed of something special here, people. A few days ago, it looked as though Manchester United might be using today’s game to unveil their latest big signing, against a team managed by a man with perhaps the strangest eating habits in the Premier League. But Alexis Sánchez is still marooned in London, and Sean Dyche, apparently, does not eat worms.
So, just the football. With Manchester City playing in the evening, United have a chance to cut the lead at the top to just nine points, which is basically a title race. Right? Right? Well, maybe. Better than 12, at any rate. More realistically, it’s another chance for United to consolidate themselves in second place, and also to seek some vengeance for that bizarre 2-2 draw in December.
Burnley’s form has dropped off slightly from their excellent start, and they haven’t won in their last six league games. They’ve also got a few awkward injuries to contend with, including striker Chris Wood and England’s best goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Meanwhile, United’s only new injury concern is Daley Blind, who appears to have done something unspecified to himself. Sounds painful.
Premier League schedule
It’s a 15.00 kick off at Turf Moor, which means 10.00 in the east cost and a bleary-eyed 7.00 over in the west. Good morning to you all.
Premier League TV channel
Nothing in the UK — that pesky blackout. In the USA, you’ll need NCBSN. Everybody else, have a nose at livesoccertv.
Premier League streaming
Nothing legal in the UK; NBC Sports Live in the USA.
Prediction: David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba;
ALEXIS SAN Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku.
Not a bad effort, but Shaw makes way for Ashley Young.
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