Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Manchester United vs Burnley


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Manchester United will host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday. The Red Devils celebrated a 3-1 victory over Tottenham last weekend, while Burnley suffered a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle.

Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.

“I totally get why Manchester United have changed the seat coverings at Old Trafford from red to black to give a greater contrast to the players’ shirts on the pitch.

“It could be confusing in that split-second when you have to pick a pass and play it, because, when the ball comes to you, you kind of know where your players are. You might think your team-mate is over there on the right, and you end up finding seat number 194.

“People have brought up the time in 1996 that former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told his players to change out of grey shirts at half-time of a game they were losing, but the effect of different colours on players goes back a lot longer than that.

“I remember when Peter Shilton started playing in goal in an all-white outfit for Leicester in the 1970s, because strikers would glance at goal, mistake him for a post and try to hit it wider than they needed to.

“That was the thinking anyway. Apparently Shilton shimmered so much under the floodlights that he stood out far more than he intended too. He also got very muddy very quickly on the pitches back then – I bet that white kit needed plenty of washing.”

Lawrenson’s score prediction: 2-0 

 

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