Man United v Burnley: Derby victors should follow up with win to nil
Michael Lintorn expects Jose Mourinho to build on the momentum that his team generated in midweek...
"Burnley's lone away strike in four encounters since promotion was a penalty at Southampton, being shut out by Accrington, Chelsea and Leicester."
Man United [1.22] v Burnley [20.0]; The Draw [7.2]
Ref Watch: Mark Clattenburg
All eight of Clattenburg's appointments last season have all featured between three and six yellow cards, and he is yet to hand out a single red.
As much as criticising Man United and Jose Mourinho has become fashionable, now that they have wrapped up their brutal ten-day marathon of visiting Liverpool and Chelsea and hosting Fenerbahce and Man City, two wins, one draw and one loss seems a long way short of the doomsday scenario.
Admittedly, it was unfortunate that both poorer two results occurred in the Premier League, but that is also the competition in which you receive more time to repair damage, and their position is far from forlorn, with the gap to the top just six points ahead of meetings with Burnley and Swansea.
Eric Bailly is out and the clash with Burnley is likely to come too soon for Phil Jones, yet Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are all in with a chance of making the squad, not that any of them were really missed in the midweek derby success.
The Clarets' survival prospects have been boosted by a strong home start, winning three and drawing one of their five Turf Moor assignments. The consequence is that they have ten points after nine games, which is two-and-a-half times more than at the exact same point two years ago.
Form in front of your fans can only carry you so far though and it is notable that their advantage over the bottom three is a mere three points despite that progress, and two of the six sides below them are West Ham and Stoke, who have top-half aspirations.
Obviously a trip to Old Trafford isn't the ideal way to commence an operation to improve away output, but it is possible that all of their injured players - Stephen Ward, Steven Defour, George Boyd and Ashley Barnes - are passed fit for the occasion.
As hinted at above, Burnley's road record hasn't been a source of pride since promotion. Three ventures outside of Lancashire have brought three defeats and three opposition goals apiece too, with Chelsea, Leicester and Southampton the beneficiaries. They even lost in extra time at Accrington in the EFL Cup.
Man United have graced their Theatre of Dreams seven times under Mourinho and prevailed on five of those, with the sole reverse inflicted by then-flawless leaders Man City in early September and since being avenged.
Burnley were beaten 3-0 and 3-1 on their two prior Premier League visits, so it is no surprise that they are as short as [1.22] to leave Old Trafford pointless again.
Man United Win to Nil
The Championship champions' lone away strike in four encounters since then was a penalty at Southampton, being shut out by Accrington, Chelsea and Leicester.
The Red Devils have kept three home clean sheets already under Mourinho and their two concessions in the last four contests at Old Trafford came in the 82nd and 83rd minutes, the latter while they were 4-0 up.
Burnley shouldn't pose that problem having not netted in the final ten minutes of their past seven on their travels, so the win to nil looks an attractive bet at [1.76]. Given that Sean Dyche's men have leaked three times in all three top-flight away days, 3-0 also provides some appeal at [7.8].
Back Man United to win to nil @ [1.76]
And what do Opta say?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gone five league games without scoring for the first time since September 2010 - it is [1.75] that he stops the rot against Burnley.