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All is right as rain at Manchester United once again. NMD_R1 Shoes NZ .At least thats what the reaction from within the club would have many believe after their 1-0 EFL Cup victory over neighbours and rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.But Jose Mourinhos United (4-2-3) have won just one of their last six Premier League games, and many concerns remain over the make-up of the side and their prospects for the remainder of the season.They will try to turn things around Saturday against visiting Burnley.The respective form of the Red Devils two most high-profile summer recruits are chief among those concerns.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started against City in midweek and failed to score against a weakened back-line, has gone five league games without finding the back of the net -- his longest goal drought in over six years.And in the case of Paul Pogba, the France international has yet to tie down a set role in a confused Manchester United midfield. At times, the former Juventus star has been used as a number 10 off the striker and at others he has been used in a midfield two with either the excellent Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini.But Pogbas best performances for his country and former club have come as part of a midfield three with an effective anchor player in midfield -- something that Mourinho has yet to successfully recreate.However, there were signs that an effective tactical set-up could be blossoming during the win over City with Herrera and veteran Michael Carrick dovetailing well to allow Pogba the freedom to be closer to his dynamic, box-to-box best. And full-back Luke Shaw was certainly encouraged by the display, before adding that the win over the clubs closest rivals had been hugely important to the players.We focused on Man City leading up to the game and we knew how big this game was, Shaw said. We saw Guardiola said it was like a final and, to us, that is what it felt like; to get the win was massive.I think it was a big confidence boost after the disappointing result (a 4-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend) but we bounced back, got a win and now we need to go on a winning streak.Saturday sees newly-promoted Burnley (3-1-5) visit Old Trafford, with Sean Dyches side in high spirits after last weekends 2-1 victory over European hopefuls Everton.The Clarets will bring England international and former United academy goalkeeper Tom Heaton with them. He cant wait for the challenge of playing against the club where he learned his trade.Its a special game -- I still hold a lot of affection for the football club, Heaton said. I spent 13 years there and its always a nice feeling going back. But, as ever, there will be a job to do and that will be the focus.We know the quality theyve got, but we know the quality weve got and how we want to go about things. We want to make it uncomfortable and impact on the game how we know we can. And if do that then hopefully we will give ourselves a great chance of coming away with a result.Burnley have concerns over the fitness of Ashley Barnes, George Boyd, Steven Defour and Stephen Ward.United have doubts over the fitness of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling. Eric Bailly is out.The English Football Association announced this week that it has charged Mourinho with misconduct for his comments that it might be difficult for referee and Manchester resident Anthony Taylor to have a very good performance prior to their Oct. 17 match with Liverpool. Often disciplined while at Chelsea, this is the first time Mourinho has been charged at United.He has until Monday to respond. 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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Randy Carlyle didnt know much about Ondrej Kase when the Anaheim Ducks promoted the rookie forward from the minors.He is learning a lot more about him right now.Kase scored his first NHL goal, John Gibson made 27 saves and the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Thursday night.The 21-year-old Kase was a seventh-round selection back in 2014, but the Czech forward has found his way to the Ducks roster after starting the season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.Its always good to see when you have a young kid that has kind of never been on your radar screen, said Carlyle, who is in his second stint as Anaheims coach. We didnt even have him for training camp because he was injured and then he comes in and hes been an every-game player for us since we got him.Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim (12-8-4), which has won three in a row.Were getting better at playing as a group night in and night out, captain Ryan Getzlaf said. Our guys are doing a great job surrounding our net and not giving a whole lot up.Henrik Sedin had Vancouvers only goal, and Ryan Miller stopped 21 shots. The Canucks (10-12-2) had won two in a row.After dominating a scoreless first period, the Ducks took the lead 3:19 into the second when Cam Fowler weaved into the offensive zone before dishing off to Silfverberg, who converted a one-timer for his eighth of the season.Vancouver then had a great opportunity with 58 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play, but Gibson, who was coming of a 39-save performance in Tuesdays 2-1 victory over Montreal, stopped Daniel Sedin on two point-blank chances before Brandon Sutterr fanned on a loose puck in the slot. Ultra Boost Sale NZ. ometimes you work your butt off and you lose, but when you lose knowing you could have given a bit more its very disappointing, Vancouver defenseman Luca Sbisa said. I dont know why it happened. We had a lot of momentum going into this game, putting two wins together. I think its something with our heads mentally.Obviously we didnt go into this game giving 100 percent.Anaheim opened a 2-0 lead with 5:25 left in the period when Kase caught Miller out of position before throwing a puck in front that caromed off Vancouver defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, the post and finally Erik Gudbranson before crossing the line for his first goal in his eighth NHL game.Its unbelievable, Kase said. It was a little bit lucky.Ryan Kesler, the former Canucks forward who gets booed every time he touches the puck at Rogers Arena, then ripped a shot off the post behind Miller that stayed out in the final seconds of the second.Vancouver got one back with seven minutes left in regulation when Henrik Sedin finished off a pass from Loui Eriksson at the side of the net after Fowlers clearing attempt took a bad bounce off the glass.The Canucks continued to press in the final moments, but Cogliano beat Miller for his sixth with 2:35 left as Anaheim closed out a successful opener to its three-game road trip through western Canada.Game notes Kase was the 205th pick in the draft.UP NEXTDucks: Visit Edmonton on Saturday night.Canucks: Conclude a three-game homestand Saturday against Toronto. ' ' '