The Reds’ number 10 had left Burnley’s Turf Moor alongside his teammates aboard a team coach headed to United’s Carrington base.
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The opening round of the season also contains a match between two of the league’s so-called Big Six, with Chelsea – with a new manager on board in Mauricio Pochettino – hosting Liverpool.
The Clarets, unbeaten in the league since November, took an early lead when Ashley Barnes redirected Josh Brownhill’s low shot into the back of the net.
The Lilywhites ran out 3-0 winners over Arsenal on Thursday night, while the Clarets most recently went down 3-1 away to Aston Villa.
The surprise news comes with Burnley sitting 18th in the Premier League table, four points adrift of safety with eight games of the season remaining.
The Reds knew that victory would see them leapfrog Manchester City, who faced Burnley later in the day.
The Citizens are currently one point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the top of 6 table, while Burnley occupy 19th, four points behind 17th-placed Everton heading into this weekend’s fixtures.
Burnley, Moses and Spartak were all open to the move given the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Six points currently separate the two teams in the Premier League standings, though the Clarets in 18th have two games in hand on the Bees in 15th place.
The Blues needed just seven second-half minutes to take full advantage of the first-half reprieve handed to them by Burnley’s wastefulness, with Reece James’ slaloming, solo effort opening the floodgates before Kai Havertz’s double sealed the Chelsea victory with 35 minutes to spare.
The Blues are currently third in the table, 16 points behind leaders Manchester City with two games in hand, while Burnley occupy 18th, one point from 17th-placed Everton ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
The Foxes were rewarded for a succession of improved performances with a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday evening.
The Eagles ran out 4-1 winners at Watford on Wednesday evening, while Sean Dyche’s side took another step towards survival by beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0.
The Seagulls, meanwhile, have won only one of their last eight top-flight home matches, and are yet to claim maximum points in front of their own fans in 2022.
The Gunners currently find themselves sixth in the rankings – two points worse off than fourth-placed West Ham United – while Sean Dyche’s men remain rooted to the bottom of the pile.
The Magpies have already secured Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and Chris Wood from Burnley in the January window.
The match becomes the latest to be postponed due to sparked rise of Covid-19.
Villa were victorious on Tuesday night, recording a 2-0 win at Norwich City, but Burnley saw their clash with Watford, scheduled for Wednesday, called off at the final moment due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Claudio Ranieri’s squad.
The Hammers, who are fourth in the table, recorded a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in the league last weekend, while Burnley will enter the contest off the back of a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.