Team news: Angel Di Maria in line to make United debut at Burnley

British record signing fit to start first Premier League game for new club

British record signing Angel Di Maria is fit and could make his Manchester United debut away to Burnley on Saturday. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters

British record signing Angel Di Maria is fit and could make his Manchester United debut away to Burnley on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Fri, Aug 29, 2014, 19:30


Burnley (19) v Manchester United (13)
Sean Dyche expects striker Sam Vokes to once again be Burnley’s only absentee. Wales international Vokes has a long-term knee problem but was back doing some running on the grass at the Clarets’ training ground this week. Dyche will likely recall a number of players who were rested in the Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, including goalkeeper Tom Heaton, long-serving defender Michael Duff and striker Danny Ings.

British record signing Angel Di Maria is fit to make his United debut. Midfielders Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera (all ankle) are out, as is utility man Jesse Lingard (knee). Defenders Luke Shaw (hamstring), Chris Smalling (groin) and Marcos Rojo (awaiting work permit) are unavailable, while doubts remain over right back Rafael (groin) and midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who suffered concussion in Tuesday’s defeat at MK Dons.

Last season: No corresponding fixture
Top scorers (all competitions): Scott Arfield (Burnley) 1; Juan Mata & Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 1
Match odds: H 9-2 A 1-2 D 16-5
Referee: Chris Foy

Everton (10) v Chelsea (2)
Everton will assess the fitness of two former Chelsea strikers, Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku. Eto’o has been short of match fitness, having only joined the club this week, while Lukaku has had a toe injury. Another player with Chelsea connections, on-loan winger Christian Atsu, cannot face his parent club. Midfielder Steven Pienaar (groin) is definitely missing but Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson is still pushing to return after 10 months out. Midfield duo Ross Barkley (knee) and Bryan Oviedo (leg), and striker Arouna Kone (knee) remain sidelined.

Summer signing Diego Costa has been passed fit Chelsea despite missing two days’ training due to a minor muscular injury, while Jose Mourinho has to make a decision on whether to include Fernando Torres amid speculation over his future. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could again be selected ahead of veteran Petr Cech.

Last season: Chelsea 1 Everton 0, Everton 1 Chelsea 0
Top scorers (all competitions): Steven Naismith (Everton) 2; Diego Costa (Chelsea) 2
Match odds: H 12-5 A 21-20 D 9-4
Referee: Jon Moss

Manchester City (3) v Stoke (15)
Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are both fit. There were reports Aguero may have suffered a training ground injury this week, but the club have dismissed them and the Argentinian continues to build his match fitness. Dzeko has recovered from the blow to a thigh sustained against Liverpool on Monday. New defender Eliaquim Mangala and loan midfielder Frank Lampard remain short of match fitness while striker Alvaro Negredo (metatarsal) is out long term.

On-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses is likely to start on the bench for Stoke despite impressing on debut in midweek. The Nigeria international featured significantly in the Capital One Cup victory over Portsmouth, but is not yet fit enough to play 90 minutes. Utility player Geoff Cameron is out with a thigh problem sustained in the cup game, but defender Phil Bardsley and playmaker Bojan Krkic could be fit after being rested in midweek.

Last season: Man City 1 Stoke 0, Stoke 0 Man City 0
Top scorers (all competitions): Stevan Jovetic & Sergio Aguero (Man City) 2; Jonathan Walters (Stoke) 2
Match odds: H 2-11 A 12-1 D 5-1
Referee: Lee Mason

Newcastle (17) v Crystal Palace (18)
Central defender Mike Williamson returns to the Newcastle squad after he missed the 1-0 Capital One Cup second-round victory at Gillingham through suspension. Fellow defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (ankle) and midfielder Cheick Tiote (hamstring) are still missing, as are full back Davide Santon and striker Papiss Cisse (both knee).

Scott Dann remains doubtful for Palace. The former Blackburn defender is still battling a niggling hip problem, while Wilfried Zaha could jump straight into action after rejoining Palace on loan. New Eagles manager Neil Warnock will definitely be without midfielder Joe Ledley, who could still be two weeks from overcoming his groin strain.

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