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Manchester United did not have any troubles easing past strugglers Stoke City in the last clash of the previous round on Monday at Old Trafford. The team led by Jose Mourinho closed the game by netting two in the first half through Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial (Paul Pogba assisted both of these goals), while the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has finally managed to find the net late in the second half when he set the final score.
Next up for the Red Devils are Burnley whose form has seen somewhat of a slide as of late. The Clarets have lost three on the trot in all competitions after threatening to make a serious impact in the battle for the European positions. Truth be told, two of these three losses came against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, but United belong to the same category and we’d not be surprised to see the hosts continue the current slump this weekend.
Sean Dyche’s defensive approach is what gave Burnley the results at the start of the season. Nonetheless, the team does not seem to be as solid in their recent ties having conceded two or more in three of last five matches in all competitions. Since the attacking line usually relies on a single goal (Chris Wood is the team’s top scorer with no more than four goals to his name so far in the season), the creativity up front should be a problem against this tern defensive line of Mourinho’s.