Man Utd’s Harry Maguire must tread carefully vs Burnley to avoid Liverpool ban

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire needs to be on his best behaviour against Burnley.

The Red Devils travel to Turf Moor knowing that they will go three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with a victory, ahead of their meeting on Sunday.

Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen for his side to hold nothing back in their final match before the crunch derby, Maguire might have slightly different instructions.

The England defender has been a key cog for United in their recent run of good form in the league.

However, should he receive a yellow card against Burnley, he will be handed a one-match suspension.

The 27-year-old has received four bookings across the first 16 fixtures of the season, and any player who receives 15 across the first 19 games will have to sit the next one out.

Players who get 10 across the opening 32 fixtures will then get banned for two matches.

Solskjaer said of the fixtures on Monday: “They’ve had some good results, Burnley, after a difficult start.

“[It’s] hard to score against them; they don’t concede many chances – [they’re] always difficult to play against.

“When you go there, you know what you’re up against.

“I think all the teams want to take a grip on the Premier League, of course, but it’s that kind of season, that kind of year and situation where there will be more ups and downs and less consistency in results and performances. For me, it’s exciting.

“As a supporter or a fan, it’s more interesting when there are more teams in and around each other, compared to last season when one just ran away.”

Adding of the recent injuries to Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw: “Yeah, all of them trained today.

“Paul and Eric didn’t do all of it, but Luke and Victor did all of it.

“I’ve got a decent amount of players to pick from. Let’s see with Paul and Eric and how they are tomorrow.”

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