Manchester United face renewed pressure as they return to Premier League action with a clash against Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils were knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough on Friday night after a penalty shoot-out defeat at Old Trafford, which has added further to numerous setbacks and questions facing the club.
A massive shadow has been hanging over Man United ever since striker Mason Greenwood was arrested over allegations of domestic abuse, while he has been suspended from club duties indefinitely as a police investigation takes place.
Some reports suggest the dressing room continues to be divided, while the arrival of interim manager Ralf Rangnick has also not yet led to a desired upturn in overall fortunes on the field.
Rangnick could now opt to enforce a few team changes for the all-important clash against Burnley, with David de Gea, Alex Telles, Fred and Anthony Elanga all in line to return to the first XI as United target a third Premier League win in a row.
Victor Lindelof remains a doubt through illness, while Eric Bailly is still out with an ankle injury, but Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes are expected to overcome issues that they picked up against Middlesbrough. Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani could also come back into the squad.
The Red Devils are currently fourth on the league standings, one point clear of fifth-placed West Ham United, while struggling Burnley sit bottom on 13 points, having won just once in the league this season.
It’s an ideal opportunity for United to rediscover some form and confidence against struggling Burnley, while also hoping to solidify their place in the top four at the same time.
United currently sit just one point ahead of fifth-placed West Ham, while Arsenal (sixth on the log) and Tottenham Hotspur (seventh) have matches in hand over the Red Devils, and are just two log points behind.
Despite the FA Cup blowout, the fact remains that Rangnick’s team have collected 19 points from their 11 away Premier League games this term, while they are unbeaten on the road in the league since the 4-1 loss at Watford back in November.