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Written by Ciaran Coyle

A game which has significance at both ends of the table takes place on Sunday afternoon as Manchester United host Burnley at Old Trafford.

Burnley currently occupy 17th place in the Premier League table but sit seven points clear of their relegation rivals, with one more win feeling like enough to keep Sean Dyche’s side in the top flight for another season.

United on the other hand will be looking to cement their second place with Leicester and Chelsea in FA Cup action this weekend. Three points would also take them within eight points of current league leaders Manchester City, who were knocked out of the cup by Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst the league positions of both sides suggest that this fixture will be somewhat of a formality for The Red Devils, the Clarets have had recent success when visiting the Theatre of Dreams. Most notably Dyche’s men came away with an impressive 2-0 win when this fixture played out last season, with Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez scoring the all-important goals in a dominant display.

If the home side were to come away with the victory it would see United do the league double over Burnley for the first time in 46 years, the last coming in the 1975-76 campaign.

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Dyche may be without goalkeeper Nick Pope who was absent for their 2-1 defeat to Newcastle through injury. There is also concern over the fitness of Dwight McNeil who picked up a knock in training.

Solskjaer will be hoping that Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly will be fit enough to be involved in the game on Sunday after the pair missed their 2-0 win over Granada on Thursday.

Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley

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