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Ralf Rangnick is still unbeaten in charge of Manchester United manager but the interim manager has said he is not happy with the progress they have made since he was appointment a month ago.
After two narrow wins against Crystal Palace and Norwich City and two disappointing draws against Young Boys and Newcastle United, it is easy to see why Rangnick wants improvements against Burnley.
After being held to a draw by Newcastle in their first game back after a Covid-enforced break, United can ill afford another slip-up.
United lost ground in the race for the top four as they drew 1-1 at St James Park with a poor display that prompted Gary Neville to call them “a bunch of whinge-bags”.
That result leaves them seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and, while they do have games in hand, Rangnick knows they need to get back on track at Old Trafford.
Burnley’s last three matches have been postponed due to Covid, meaning they have not played since December 12.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Burnley is scheduled for a 8:15pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, December 30 2021.
The game will be played at Old Trafford.
Where to watch Man United vs Burnley
TV channel: The match is exclusively available on Amazon Prime Video.
Live stream: Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Amazon Prime Video website or app.
Live blog: Keep up to date with all the action on Standard Sport’s live blog.
Man United vs Burnley team news
United will be without Bruno Fernandes, who serving a one-match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season.
Edinson Cavani is pushing for a start after he came off the bench to rescue a point against Newcastle.
Ragnick could look to freshen things up given the hectic festive schedule and the disappointing display at St James’ Park and Jadon Sancho is in line to start.
United will again be without Victor Lindelof, who has tested positive for Covid. Paul Pogba will also miss out due to his thigh problem, as he prepares to enter the final six months of his contract..
Burnley manager Sean Dyche says forward Maxwel Cornet has an "outside chance" of featuring following a thigh problem. Ashley Barnes, Connor Roberts and Dale Stephens are likely to remain absent.
Man United vs Burnley prediction
United were bad against Newcastle but they should have too much for a Burnley side who look in real danger of going down this season.
Man United 3-0 Burnley.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
(Premier League only)
Man United wins: 8
Burnley wins: 2