Man Utd v Burnley - Saturday 15:00
Man Utd recorded a much-needed victory over Man City in the League Cup following their disastrous showing against Chelsea at the weekend, though in truth Mourinho picked a stronger team than Guardiola such was his need. The capitulation against Chelsea was certainly unexpected, with Mourinho picking virtually the same team that coped admirably with Liverpool’s attack the previous week. Chris Smalling may be thankful after his performance against Chelsea that Eric Bailly is out injured for at least a couple of months, but he’ll have to be sharper in future to keep his place in the team. Questions have been asked of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s form and mobility but he put in an improved display against Man City, grabbing an assist and with Rooney out injured following a thigh strain, he can be assured of keeping his place.
The most intriguing aspect of the Manchester derby was the introduction of Michael Carrick, whose ability to orchestrate play from deep freed Paul Pogba to use his athleticism and roam, which in turn helped Man Utd drive forward and play at a higher tempo. Ander Herrera also impressed, and a midfield three of Pogba, Carrick and Herrera is probably Mourinho’s most technically gifted option in the centre, whilst Juan Mata’s third goal of the season was well deserved.
Burnley extended their impressive home record last weekend with a victory over Everton, though they scored both their goals against the run of play with their only two decent chances of the match. Sean Dyche’s side have struggled on the road, where they have lost all three fixtures this season, conceding exactly three goals in each of these games. Indeed, the Clarets have conceded exactly three goals in their last two trips to Old Trafford, and we think a repeat of this could be worth backing at 4.33.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus