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Ilkay Gundogan goal caught the eye, and City go into Saturday in a similar mood.
AFTER a strong start, Rodri has had his doubters, but he showed both his physical strength and his finesse at Turf Moor.
He said afterwards that he is now fully understanding his role, and that seemed to be the case against Burnley.And with David Silva – always a scourge of the Reds – showing some of his old form, and Kevin de Bruyne revving up nicely, the contrast between the midfields of the two Manchester clubs could not be more stark.
BURNLEY were desperate to win corners and free kicks in the final third to test a City team which is the smallest in the Premier League.
United, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof a threat, will also seek to drive home their height advantage.
City kept Burnley down to two corners, and dealt with them well, with Nicolas Otamendi providing a rugged attitude needed against Chris Wood.
The early-season problem, when almost every corner seemed to bring a near-post headed goal, has been addressed.
Gabriel Jesus and David Silva celebrate during the win over Burnley