Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 6.
Player analysis: Luca Koleosho (Burnley)
The 19-year-old left winger has dazzled across their opening four matches, putting Clarets supporters on the edge of their seats with his pace and trickery down that flank.
Capable of surging past defenders with a burst of speed, or deceiving them with a clever body feint, the Italy Under-20 international is set to provide a stern examination for visiting full-back Diogo Dalot.
Koleosho may be new to Premier League football, but he plays with freedom and a sense of adventure, seeking to test opposition defenders in 1v1s.
He will stay wide, biding his time as Burnley build from the back. Then, once in possession Koleosho’s first thought is to run at the player.
Of the top-flight players to have featured for at least 200 minutes this season, he has attempted more dribbles per match than any other.
Dribbles attempted/completed 2023/24
|Player||Dribbles attempted*||Player||Dribbles completed*|
|Luca Koleosho||8.24||Matheus Nunes||4.90|
|Matheus Nunes||6.68||Eberechi Eze||4.00|
|Eberechi Eze||6.00||Luca Koleosho||3.96|
|Benie Traore||5.91||Matheus Cunha||3.13|
|Pedro Neto||5.40||Yves Bissouma||3.11|
*Per 90, min 200 mins played
Dalot will have to be careful with his decision-making.
The Portuguese full-back will want to get tight to Koleosho to prevent him using his speed.
Yet if Dalot commits himself or is slow reacting to Koleosho spinning off with a run behind him, he could be in trouble.
A nightmare for right-backs
He accelerated past him down the left, before skipping past Joe Worrall near the byline with a stunning burst of pace.
From his cutback Zeki Amdouni scored for the Clarets.
It was similar to the goal Koleosho created in Burnley’s 5-2 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
Man Utd will need to be wary of these scenarios as they have struggled down their right flank in recent weeks.
Gabriel Martinelli cut the ball back for Martin Odegaard to score from the left side of the penalty box earlier this month, and two of Brighton & Hove Albion’s goals in a 3-1 defeat last time out stemmed from that flank too.
A player suited to Kompany's style
Vincent Kompany’s Burnley might be still awaiting their first win, but they play confident possession-based football.
In Koleosho, despite his inexperience, they have an individual who can supply incisiveness to go alongside that control.
When Burnley feed him the ball they tend to avoid overlaps, preferring to isolate him in direct 1v1 duels knowing his effectiveness as their best dribbler.
As shown on this touch map from their draw with Nott'm Forest, Koleosho almost exclusively got onto the ball in advanced areas, carrying it to the touchline on several occasions.
He is the second quickest member of the Burnley side, behind defender Ameen Al-Dakhil, and is brimming with confidence because of his goal involvements.
Fastest Burnley players in 2023/24
|Player||Top speed (km/h)|
If Man Utd are to end their run of three successive defeats in all competitions, they must contain Koleosho’s threat.
He has been one of the division’s most impressive new faces across the early stages of 2023/24.