The Red Devils will be eager to get back to their winning ways as Old Trafford hosts Burnley on Wednesday night.

United trailed against West Ham on Sunday before Daley Blinds late goal gave them a share of the points.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been on the defensive all week after the Hammers boss Sam Allardyce accused him of reverting to long ball tactics.

For tonight’s match against the Clarets, Michael Carrick is out with a calf problem, while Luke Shaw is suspended following his Red Card at Upton Park.

The question now is will Marouane Fellaini get the start, and who will replace Shaw?


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David De Gea will remain in nets where he has been flawless all season, and perhaps but for him United would be lower in the table. If United continue playing in the pedestrian fashion that they have in the past few weeks De Gea may be called upon again if Burnley striker Danny Ings is on form.



With Shaw out we expect to see Daley Blind come in at left-back with the Dutchmen’s versatility being a huge plus for United.

Alternatively Jonny Evans could be used with Marcos Rojo pushed to the left allowing Blind to continue as a defensive midfielder.

If van Gaal plans to start Fellaini who was crucial in United equalizer last week, and if Blind was to replace Shaw the big Belgium could be played as a holding midfielder, allowing Juan Mata to control the Red Devils passing game. Adnan Januzaj did nothing to help his cause in East London last weekend and Angel Di Maria certainly did not look good value for his British record transfer fee.

Both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao looked like a couple of pensioners strolling around Upton Park at the weekend, and the Colombian’s finishing was enough to show the Old Trafford bosses not offer him a full-time deal at the end of the season. James Wilson has to be the way to go, yet we feel LVG is under pressure to play his big wage earners. Wayne Rooney will continue to play in the wrong position behind the front two, which is the reason why the England international has not scored in his past eight games.