Manchester United’s holiday season has been more frustrating than festive, and the Red Devils have one more chance to turn things around as they host Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Currently, Manchester United rank 7th, while Burnley hold 18th position.
United (7th place, 28 pts) was handed one of the softest December schedules of any Premier League team, but COVID-19 and poor form has derailed what was meant to be a flying festive fixture list.
A 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Monday that saw the struggling Magpies unlucky to come away with all three points, now puts interim manager Ralf Rangnick in a delicate position after following up the departed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A convincing win over Burnley would go a long way towards ushering in 2022 on a high note and easing the negative press.
Burnley (18th place, 11 pts), meanwhile, is in desperate need of a positive result, and the Clarets will be smelling blood in the water. Watching relegation-threatened Newcastle produce a positive performance against the Red Devils will no doubt galvanize a Burnley squad in need of momentum.
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