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Premier League 2018-19: Manchester United's Predicted XI against Burnley 

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29 Jan 2019, 00:34 IST

Arsenal v Manchester United - FA Cup Fourth Round
Arsenal v Manchester United - FA Cup Fourth Round

Manchester United are presently on seventh heaven after having won eight games on a trot. Their next target is Burnley. Sean Dyche's men are themselves on ascendancy, as they have won three of their last four games, with the other fixture being a draw against Watford.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a revelation for the Red Devils since Jose Mourinho's departure and recent wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will only boost the morale in the dressing room.

The Norwegian knows that he is not very far away from a dream permanent job if this vein of form continues. On that note, let's take a look at how Manchester United could line up against the Clarets as Premier League returns to the countryside.


Formation: 4-3-3

Defence

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Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League

(GK) David de Gea - The number one goalkeeper was given some much-needed rest on Friday night against Arsenal, but he will be back between the sticks to produce, hopefully, another brilliant display.

(RB) Ashley Young - Everyone foretold that Ashley Young's form would fester with his age, but now it seems like he has become the first-choice right back for the new manager. With Antonio Valencia having lost his pace and accuracy in the latter thirds of the pitch, Young has not only been preferred, but also done exceedingly well to take the place of the designated skipper.

(CB) Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones - Lindelof is a paradigm of how to earn respect from your critics. It's not been long since the Swedish center-back was termed as an awful signing but one can now wonder how things have changed. He is now the most composed defender in United's squad and has put in some fantastic performances under Solskjaer. Phil Jones should partner him in place of Eric Bailly, who started against Arsenal in the FA Cup game.

(LB) Luke Shaw - Shaw is a sure starter. The English international should however, try to contribute more in the offensive phase.


Midfield

Fred - Nemanja Matic - Paul Pogba

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The midfield trident of Herrera, Matic and Pogba has formed an impregnable partnership but we are opting a change for this game. Matic's form has taken a drastic turn in the second half of the season, much like the situation of most of his teammates.

Ander Herrera would have been the first-choice here but considering the opponent, it would be better to start with a more attacking option like Fred. The Brazilian has had a torrid time in England since his move in the summer but will be hoping for a change in his fortunes. Pogba looked a bit weary against the Gunners, but he would want to have his name again on the score sheet in mid-week.


Attack

 Romelu Lukaku - Marcus Rashford - Anthony Martial

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Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Things become interesting here, don't they? Rashford and Martial should start after getting a partial-rest against Arsenal. The third slot becomes interesting. Jesse Lingard, no doubt, has been terrific under Solskjaer but Burnley will be willing to sit deep in their box.

Lingard may not get the space to run behind the back line and due to this reason, Romelu Lukaku might prove to be a good option. This would also help Lingard to gather his breath back after some grueling performances in the recent weeks.

Lukaku is also in a great form. He also won the player of the match award against Arsenal for setting up two goals.

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