MANCHESTER UNITED were held to a 0-0 draw the first time they met Burton in 2006 but don’t expect a repeat tonight as Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his first team.

Unibet's Joe Short looks ahead to the game with a stats-packed preview:

Burton’s record against Manchester United reads D1 L1, although they are yet to score against the Red Devils

Manchester United were forced into an FA Cup replay the first time they met Burton back in January 2006. Burton stunned the Premier League giants with a 0-0 draw against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 11 years ago. The replay ended 5-0 at Old Trafford as United dominated the game. But Burton will head to Manchester on Wednesday with hope of pulling off another upset. Of course, replays don’t exist in the Carabao Cup so this tie would go to extra time. That would be a shock in itself and Burton, 19th in the Championship, probably wouldn’t mind dipping out of the Carabao Cup to focus on the survival.

Manchester United have scored four goals in three of their seven games this season

Manchester United have reacted superbly to the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid by going unbeaten in the Premier League and Champions League. They’ve kept five clean sheets in six games since then, scoring 19 goals. On Sunday they put four past Everton and kept the Toffees out at the back. Jose Mourinho will likely rotate his squad for this visit of Burton but United will remain deadly. Expect Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to get their opportunities to stake a place for a regular starting berth with the nod on Wednesday night, while Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be on the bench just in case they’re needed.

Three of Burton’s four wins this season have been by a 2-1 scoreline

Burton have found life in the Championship this season tough. Only three clubs have scored fewer goals than them (6), while they have conceded 15 times already. Leaking 1.8 goals per game isn’t great form when you’re coming up against the prolificacy of this Manchester United attack. A morale-boosting 2-1 win over Fulham this weekend will give the side a bit of confidence heading to Old Trafford and they toppled Championship high-fliers Cardiff in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Burton have scored first in three of their four wins this season and will need something against United if they are to scare the Premier League leaders.

Anthony Martial’s three goals this season have come off the bench and in the last 10 minutes of matches

Anthony Martial should get a start against Burton on Wednesday night after spending much of the first part of the season watching from the substitute’s bench. Martial has struggled to get game time ahead of Marcus Rashford, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has proved an effective assist maker. The early rounds of the Carabao Cup is the perfect time for Mourinho to rest his starters, with Romelu Lukaku and Rashford almost certain to be on the bench. Martial may therefore lead the line. The France international hasn’t scored in the first half of a match for United since a 2-0 win at Burnley back in April. He should get on the scoresheet this week.

Manchester United won the EFL Cup last season with an aggregate score throughout the competition of 15-6

Manchester United battled their way to the final of the EFL Cup last season after a close encounter with Manchester City and a nerve two-legged semi-final against Hull. Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished as the tournament’s top scorer with four goals but started on the bench for their opening third-round match against Northampton. Mourinho made nine changes for that 3-1 win and you can expect almost as many on Wednesday. Premier League and Champions League are the priority this season and the cups will likely be used as a means of blooding fresh talent or keeping the squad’s reserves happy. Expect changes.

Match prices

  • Man United to win (1-10, Unibet)
  • Man United to score +4.5 goals (23-10, Unibet)
  • Burton to score first (11-2, Unibet)
  • Anthony Martial to score first (19-5, Unibet)
  • Man United to win both halves (8-13, Unibet)
11 Comments
  1. nathanufton 1 year ago

    I remember that Burton match, Burton had a goal go over the line and the linesman missed it. Should of beat them 1 nil, it was under Nigel Clough too. I think Roy Carrol was in goal for Man Utd.
    Clough was in the stands about to take charge at Derby when we did them with a 1 nil, then Rob Hulse hit the bar at the death.
    Burton are in a relegation scrap, Man Utd cannot trip up here, so Man Utd win all day long.

    • maccathered 1 year ago

      Man utd will win tonight but they will suffer their first league defeat on saturday away at southampton.

      • Mr Fixit 1 year ago

        Why do you think United will lose at Southampton?
        Apart from Pogba being out I see no reason to back that.
        Saints have been rubbish and even their recent home record against United is poor.

        • maccathered 1 year ago

          I watched United v Everton at the weekend and i was thinking if this had been a better side Man utd would have lost that game and away to Southampton is a tough one,it doesn’t matter about Southamptons form because they will certainly raise their game for this one revenge for that cup final defeat where they bossed it but decisions were not given by the referee.All in all united will do well to come away here with a point.Double chance is backable at 21/20 but i take southampton to win this one.Luagh at me on saturday ok!!!

          • Mr Fixit 1 year ago

            I never laugh at you – at the end of the day it’s all about opinions and we all get things right and wrong.
            I just don’t think Southampton are playing well enough to beat them.

            • maccathered 1 year ago

              It will be interesting to see how far the odds on Man utd drop to 4/5 at the minute and there will be plenty of backers which is all good,everton weren’t playing well when they played Man utd but they still controlled large parts of the game and had good chances.

              • Mr Fixit 1 year ago

                I watched the Everton game and as you say they were unlucky.
                But playing poorly United won 4-0 which says a lot.
                I don’t like backing aways at odds on but would be surprised if Southampton won.

      • sasaharv62 1 year ago

        ???????????????? ok !!!!!

        • maccathered 1 year ago

          Whats funny mate??

        • maccathered 1 year ago

          Laughing at me tells me that you think United are unbeatable thats your first mistake,Everton bossed that game for the most part and to me Everton are the weakest they have been for some years,defensivly Southampton are better especially now Van Djik is back and he will martial Lukaku and probably keep him out of the game Lukaku world class maybe Van djik world class maybe intersting match up.Laugh at me hen the game is finished and the result is in i can take criticism but i can only take it when it is due ok sasaharv62.

          • sasaharv62 1 year ago

            Im laughing because Southampton are pants at the moment.
            Since Aug 12th,Saints have scored 4 goals in total,conceded 6 & got beat by Wolves & Watford.
            Wins against a poor West Ham & woeful Palace is nothing to shout about.
            Everyone has their own thoughts on all games,laugh at me.i dont care,its all in jest.
            Man utd to WIN by at least 3.

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