Man United vs Burnley LIVE Football Score 21/12/2022

Man United vs Burnley LIVE Football Score 21/12/2022

Manchester United will be looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup when they welcome Championship leaders Burnley to Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Red Devils recorded a 4-2 victory over Aston Villa to advance to this stage of the competition, while Burnley have beaten both Shrewsbury Town and Crawley Town in this season’s tournament. Man United have not been in competitive action since November 13, when they recorded a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the Premier League, with Alejandro Garnacho scoring the winner in the 93rd minute.

The result left the Red Devils in fifth spot in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, with a game in hand on the North London club; Erik ten Hag’s side will be back in league action against Nottingham Forest on December 27, but their immediate focus is on the EFL Cup. Man United recorded a 4-2 victory over Aston Villa in the last round of the competition, and they are bidding to win the EFL Cup for the fifth time in their history this season.

The 20-time English champions last lifted the trophy in 2017 by beating Southampton, and there is no question that Ten Hag will be taking this competition seriously, as he bids to deliver silverware in his first season. The Red Devils recorded a 3-1 victory over Burnley when the two teams locked horns in the Premier League at Old Trafford last season, but the points were shared in a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor back in February. Burnley resumed their campaign on December 11 against Queens Park Rangers, recording a 3-0 victory over the capital outfit, before running out 3-1 winners over Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Vincent Kompany’s side are top of the Championship, boasting 47 points from their opening 23 matches, which has left them six points clear of second-placed Sheffield United. Burnley have had to win two matches to reach this stage of the EFL Cup, recording a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town on August 23 before beating Crawley Town 3-1 last time out. The League Cup is not a priority competition for the Clarets this season, with the team’s main focus being the Championship, as they bid to secure a return to the Premier League for the 2023-24 campaign.

Burnley have actually never won the League Cup, but they lifted the FA Cup in 1913-14, and a victory over Man United on Wednesday would certainly leave them full of confidence heading into the final eight.Man United will again be without the services of Axel Tuanzebe through injury, while Diogo Dalot is a doubt with the hamstring problem that he picked up while representing Portugal at the World Cup.

Jadon Sancho is also a major doubt, having recently been on an individual fitness programme, with the Englishman not travelling to Spain for the team’s winter training camp, which included matches against Cadiz and Real Betis.

Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are definitely out of this match due to their involvement in the World Cup final, but there are expected to be players who featured in the competition that start on Wednesday. One of those could be club captain Harry Maguire, who might be rushed back due to Ten Hag’s lack of options in that area of the field, while Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen could also feature.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka might get the nod at right-back, while Anthony Elanga, Donny van de Beek, Garnacho and Anthony Martial could also be in the XI. As for Burnley, Scott Twine picked up an injury while appearing as a late substitute against Middlesbrough, so the midfielder will not be available for selection at Old Trafford. Connor Roberts was sent off against Boro, meanwhile, which will rule him out of this game through suspension.

Kompany will make changes from the side that started in the league at the weekend, with Ashley Barnes, Charlie Taylor, Bailey Peacock-Farrell among those set to come into the XI. Manchester United face Championship leaders Burnley in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. In the hazy days of mid-November, Erik ten Hag’s hosts signed off the first chunk of the campaign with a Premier League victory over Fulham which nudged them into the division’s top five.

Vincent Kompany – the former Manchester City captain now at the Turf Moor helm – steered Burnley to three points against Blackburn Rovers that same day. However, the Clarets have already had two Championship matches since, rattling three goals past Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough this month. Manchester United hedged their bets with squad members on either side of the World Cup final. Argentina’s Lisandro Martinez and France’s Raphael Varane are both highly unlikely to feature just three days after the spectacular showpiece.

Diogo Dalot sustained a hamstring injury during Portugal’s quarter-final exit against Morocco but fullbacks Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have recovered to feature during United’s mini mid-season-preseason.

Axel Tuanzebe returned to training last week but has only made one competitive appearance in 2022. Academy centre-back Teden Mengi had to be stretchered off in United’s friendly against Real Betis earlier this month, leaving Ten Hag short of defensive options if he wants to give Harry Maguire a break after the World Cup.

Connor Roberts returned from Wales’ group-stage exit at the World Cup to line up against Middlesbrough on Saturday but was dismissed in the 89th minute. However, replays suggest that the handball Roberts was punished for didn’t occur at all and he may be spared a suspension. Scott Twine is a doubt after picking up a problem in the closing stages of that victory while Ashley Westwood is still building his fitness.

Morocco’s Anass Zaroury only appeared in one World Cup game – the third-place playoff – and is expected back as soon as the celebrations have concluded. “He’s got to be on a plane and he’ll be back for hopefully the game against United, if not Birmingham for sure,” Kompany revealed.

Diogo Dalot may not be risked while suffering with a hamstring injury and Axel Tuanzebe is out long-term. Certainly missing will be Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane, following their participation in the World Cup final.

On the mid-season training camp in Spain, Ten Hag brought Brandon Williams, Zidane Iqbal and Teden Mengi into his starting line-up. Mengi is set to miss out against Burnley however, due to injury. That may lead to a swift return for Harry Maguire alongside Victor Lindelof in defence or Scott McTominay could slot in, while Phil Jones did not travel to Spain so must be considered unlikely to start.

Jadon Sancho sat out the trip having been put on an individual training programme and is reportedly still absent from the first-team as the game approaches. Christian Eriksen could be in with a shout of playing having departed Qatar after the group stage while Tyrell Malacia may be able to feature having not played a minute as part of the Netherlands squad.

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