Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 18.
Man Utd boast an unbeaten away record this season and have scored at least twice in all seven of their Premier League outings on the road.
They will be full of confidence, but so too will Pope, who has kept three clean sheets and conceded only three goals in the last six matches.
The England international has recovered from a shaky start to the campaign by producing a series of exceptional performances.
Effectively kick-starting their season, Pope played a leading role in earning Sean Dyche's side their first five points of the campaign with his heroics in those matches.
Since then he has continued to be a resolute last line of defence as Burnley climbed the table with a run of one defeat in six matches.
Statistically, Pope has been the most influential goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
According to Opta's xG (Expected Goals) Against metric, he should have conceded six more goals than he did.
|Goalkeeper||Goals conceded (excl. OGs)||xGoT faced*||xGoT prevented*|
* Expected goals on target (Read more)
Brilliant at point-blank range, Pope has at times defied the odds to keep Burnley in matches.
Facing a Man Utd side who average just over two goals per match, the goalkeeper is likely to face a busy evening at Turf Moor.
|Best save %||Best save % in box||Most high claims||Most keeper sweeps|
|Lloris 77.9||Pope 74.5||Martinez 17||Pope 14|
|Pope 77.3||Lloris 70.2||Pope 15||Alisson 13|
|Martinez 76.5||Martinez 69.2||Areola 11||Ederson, Leno, Johnstone 7|
Pope is a quick thinker and decisive when coming off his line to tidy up attacks.
In fact, he currently tops the PL rankings for "keeper sweeps", just ahead of Liverpool's Alisson.
Burnley have put a poor start to 2020/21 behind them in recent weeks with improved performance levels in every department.
But no member of Dyche's side has made a more valuable contribution to their turnaround than Pope.
His outstanding current form could prove enough to frustrate Man Utd's potent attack.