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Four changes Man Utd must make before Burnley

29 Dec 2021 | 15:25 | Football

Here are four changes Man Utd must make against Burnley, following a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle earlier in the week.

1. Nemanja Matic replaces Fred

With Burnley’s strong play and threat from set pieces, it is likely that Nemanja Matic will be returned to Man Utd’s midfield, to partner Scott McTominay. With Matic, Fred will be absent and that should come as no surprise, as the Brazilian midfielder was substituted at half-time against Newcastle after disappointing minutes.


Man Utd need to control the game better than the recent away games against Norwich or Newcastle and the return of Matic will help Man Utd do that.

2. Jadon Sancho replaces Marcus Rashford

What Rashford showed under Ralf Rangnick was disappointing. He was unfit to play in a deeper position against Newcastle. And it’s time for the German coach to let the England star sit out.

Man Utd should bring Jadon Sancho back into the squad. The winger was sharp against Newcastle in the second half and the team desperately need his creativity, especially with Bruno Fernandes suspended.

3. Donny van de Beek replaces Bruno Fernandes


Fernandes will miss the game after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season. The only question is who will replace the Portuguese star? £35m midfielder Donny van de Beek deserves to be trusted. The former Ajax star will then be playing in a higher role for the first time under Ralf Rangnick.

Working with Sancho behind the two strikers in a 4-2-2-2 formation can help Van de Beek bring out his best.

4. Edinson Cavani replaces Mason Greenwood

Cavani has marked his arrival with a goal and has now had two in his last two appearances. Cavani should be used, when the partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and Greenwood has not yet been able to help the Reds fly high.

Once Cavani is full and ready to play, Man Utd needs to take advantage, because the Uruguayan striker’s ability to press and move is too impressive. It should be remembered that it was Cavani who led the Reds’ attack and scored the winning goal of 3-1 for the home team against Burnley at the end of last season.