Burnley vs Manchester United H2H: All eyes on Onana after midweek misery

Manchester United are back in action on Saturday as they travel to play newly promoted Burnley in the Premier League. It’s an 8:00 p.m. kick off in Lancashire as two clubs who have made poor starts to the new campaign meet.

Man United vs Burnley
Burnley's Jordan Beyer (left) and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Wednesday December 21, 2022. – Photo by Icon sport

Burnley vs Manchester United H2H Record

There have been 133 meetings overall.

  • Burnley Wins: 44
  • Draws: 24
  • Manchester United Wins: 65

This fixture dates back to the 19th Century when Manchester United were still known as Newton Heath and when Burnley were one of the early forces in English football.

As you’d expect, Manchester United have enjoyed the better of the meetings in recent years, but there has been some joy for Burnley too with the Clarets memorably winning the first Premier League meeting between the clubs in 2009.

United are unbeaten in 5 games against Burnley overall though, winning 4 of those matches.

Rashford scores
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (second right) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game with team-mates during the Carabao Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Wednesday December 21, 2022. – Photo by Icon sport

Last time out…

The last meeting was an EFL Cup 4th Round tie last season at Old Trafford. Manchester United won the match 2-0 with goals from Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford.

That came just days after the conclusion of the World Cup in Qatar and both sides fielded strong elevens. Burnley had more attempts in the game, but exited the competition which perhaps helped them focus on their very successful Championship promotion push.

United meanwhile went on to win the competition with subsequent victories over Charlton, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.

Burnley vs Man United
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (right) and Burnley's Josh Cullen battle for the ball during the Carabao Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Wednesday December 21, 2022. – Photo by Icon sport

Burnley vs Manchester United H2H: Potential MVP

Manchester United are going to need their most important players to show up at Turf Moor on Saturday as they look to cope with considerable injury problems and get over their early season woes.

With the Jadon Sancho saga rumbling on, there’s pressure on Marcus Rashford to provide the bulk of United’s threat from wide. He’s only scored once so far this season for club or country, but did provide an assist in the 4-3 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek.

 

Marcus Rashford has tended to enjoy his meetings with Burnley in the past. The England man has never lost against the Clarets and has ended up on the winning side in 7 of his 11 meetings with them.

That being said, he’ll be hungry to improve on a record of just 1 goal in 10 Premier League matches against this opposition. He did net in the EFL Cup tie last term though and will fancy his chances of scoring again against what looks like a leaky home defence.

Marcus Rashford
Bayern Munich's Dayot Upamecano and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. Wednesday September 20, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Burnley: Players in focus

Trafford in need of some respite

James Trafford has endured a tough start to life as a Premier League goalkeeper with 12 goals conceded in 4 games so far for the England U21 star.

Can Amdouni strike again?

Swiss international Zeki Amdouni netted his first Premier League goal and in doing so earned his team their first point of the season at Nottingham Forest last time out.

Berge to add quality in midfield

It has been a tough start for the Burnley players who romped to the Championship title last term. They’ll be hoping summer signing Sander Berge can help bring some control in midfield.

Amdouni
Burnley's Zeki Amdouni (right) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at City Ground, Nottingham. Monday September 18, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Manchester United: Players in focus

Onana under pressure

Andre Onana took responsibility for Manchester United’s midweek defeat in Munich after his latest blunder and he’s under real pressure now heading into this game.

Hojlund off the mark

The big positive for United in Munich was Rasmus Hojlund getting off the mark with his first goal for the club and the Dane should start again here.

Pellistri’s chance to shine

United’s selection issues mean youngster Facundo Pellistri has an unexpected chance to get a run of games and he’s in contention to start again.

Andre Onana
Andre Onana in the 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek – Photo by Icon sport

Final Prediction

Everything points to this game producing goals. Burnley are positive in their approach under Vincent Kompany but they have shipped 11 goals in 3 home games so far in a rude awakening to life at this level for the new boys.

That should give the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford plenty of encouragement, but Manchester United’s defensive and goalkeeping uncertainty offers Burnley hope as they aim to cause an upset.

We’re going with a 2-2 draw with Rasmus Hojlund to score the first goal.


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Mark Sochon

Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.