Manchester United visit Burnley’s Turf Moor on Wednesday night looking for their second victory of the Premier League season. The Red Devils kicked-off the season with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday and now they face another newly promoted side.
United’s 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at Old Trafford on Sunday was more functional than inspiring, although United could and probably should have made the score more convincing with Darren Fletcher and Michael Owen both missing glorious chances.
They now have the chance to show their real class against a Burnley side who suffered a 2-0 defeat to Stoke on their Premier League debut on Saturday. The Clarets will be hoping to perform better than at the Britannia and secure a shock victory over the champions.
United have major defensive problems with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville and Rafael Da Silva all out injured. Youngster Ritchie de Laet could be set to deputise for England star Ferdinand. Northern Ireland youngster Jonny Evans is also out injured. It leaves Sir Alex Ferguson with limited options at the back.
Burnley also have defensive problems with key defender Stephen Caldwell out injured. Owen Coyle could have Cameroon defender Andre Bikey in his squad for this, the big defender is currently in discussing over a move to Turf Moor. Burnley are also without Northern Ireland full-back Michael Duff, who is also out injured.