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With losses in two of their last three Premier League matches and star forward Marcus Rashford injured, Manchester United must find a way to move forward and generate some success in the process.
United can avoid losing back-to-back league matches for the first time this season whilst trying to do the double over visiting Burnley on Wednesday night.
Manchester United (9-7-7) no doubt took a massive blow when Rashford (19 goals over all competitions) suffered what turned out to be a double stress fracture in his back during last Wednesday's 1-0 win over Wolves in the FA Cup. Rashford is expected out until sometime in March, meaning the club will be in full go to find a suitable replacement as the January transfer window makes its final stretch.
"It's just unfortunate situation that we're in," manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has also dealt or is dealing with injuries to the likes of fellow stars Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial this season, told United's official website.
"It might be, because the window is open, we might look at some short-term deals as well that could take us through to the summer.
"We're looking at numbers, as well, because we have had many injuries, so if the right one's there, and it will fit for us, we can buy."
United, fifth in the table and five points behind fourth-place Chelsea, put four shots on target Sunday, but had nothing to show for it in a 2-0 road loss against runaway leaders Liverpool. On a positive note for the Red Devils, they are 5-4-0 at home within the league since losing to Crystal Palace there on Aug. 24.
They also should feel at least a good bit confident facing Burnley, whom they beat 2-0 at Turf Moor on Dec. 28. Martial (11 goals over all competitions), who likely will take on a bigger offensive role in Rashford's absence, opened the scoring in that contest.
Burnley (8-3-12) are 0-4-6 in league play versus United since beating them on Aug. 19, 2009, and have never won a Premier League match at Old Trafford. However, the Clarets should be in good spirits after ending their four-game top-flight losing streak with a 2-1 home triumph over Leicester City on the weekend.
After the hosts opened the scoring in the 33rd minute and led 1-0 at the break, Chris Wood levelled the match on 56 minutes and Ashley Westwood recorded the goal-ahead goal in the 79th.
"There's still lots of work to be done, but for clubs like ours, it's about a season's work," manager Sean Dyche, whose club sits 14th in the table, told Burnley's official website.
"You are likely to have tough spells, and it's about how you react and come out of that. (On Saturday), we showed we have that in us."
Wood has certainly shown he can be counted to produce in 2019-20. The New Zealander has recorded nine goals, leaving him on the verge of a third consecutive Premier League season with at least 10. Wood has one goal in three Premier League matches versus Manchester United.
Updated January 20, 2020