Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to lead Manchester United to a ninth straight victory in all competitions when Burnley are the visitors to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.
The 45-year-old has made a record-breaking start in charge at Old Trafford, becoming the first boss to begin his United career with eight straight victories.
A ninth straight win could move United into the Champions League places for the first time since the opening weekend of the season, but Solskjaer expects a tough test from Burnley, who have steadied the ship somewhat after a dreadful run of form in the league at the start of the season.
“We know we are up against a team that is going to come here and fight for the three points,” he said. “They will cause you problems [with their] physicality. The front two – we have got to be ready for them.
“But we have turned a corner ourselves. We looked really good against Arsenal defensively [in their 3-1 FA Cup victory].
“We defended the box really well. That is going to be important against Burnley as well.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who saw his side lose 5-0 at Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend, praised the positive impact Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford has had on Manchester United
“It seems from the outside looking in, it seems like he has just tried to loosen it a little bit and put more freedom on it,” he said. “A bit more energy seems to have come back to the players.
“I think that’s a skill. I think possibly that is what he has done, he has just given a different feel to the group in his own way. But I think they have responded, and they are delivering good performances. It seems a little bit more spark, not massive tactical changes, but just that spark within the group.”
Chris Smalling could return after seven weeks on the sidelines when United host Burnley.
The defender has not featured since December 8 due to a foot issue, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering him after training over the past week.
Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined, while David De Gea will return in goal after being rested for the FA Cup win at Arsenal.
Robbie Brady is a major doubt for Burnley.
The Republic of Ireland international picked up a groin injury in the Clarets’ FA Cup thumping at Manchester City and is unlikely to be passed fit.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson could return after three weeks out with a thigh injury, but doubts also remain over Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton.