14:03 27th August 2014
Sean Dyche has urged supporters to put the disappointment of the Clarets Capital One Cup exit behind them ahead of the mouth-watering Premier League home clash with Manchester United.
The Clarets exited the competition at the second round stage against an in-form Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening, thanks to a late Adthe Nuhiu penalty.
But after being encouraged by two solid displays at the start of the Premier League adventure, Dyche insists he is now looking forward to his players pitting their wits against the Red Devils at a sold-out Turf Moor this Saturday (12.45pm KO).
Dyche said: “I don’t think it could get much bigger than Manchester United coming to Turf Moor.
“Nobody is naïve to the challenge here and we know we’re walking into almost every game as underdogs.
“But we all want it and we’re thirsty for it. We all wanted it last year and we all want it now, so the challenge is to learn quickly, adjust and go hard as we always do.
“We also know the challenge that is in front of us in the Premier League in general, never more so than when the big guns come to town.”
United boss Louis Van Gaal has not had an ideal start to life in the Premier League, as a defeat to Swansea on the opening day at Old Trafford was followed up with a 1-1 against Sunderland, and then a shock 4-0 defeat to League One side MK Dons.
But Dyche rejects the notion that there is a good time to play the 20-time Premier League champions, and instead chooses to focuses on devising a plan to stop the quality footballers they have.
He added: “I think everyone is making a big deal of that.
“I noticed last week everyone was saying they only got a point at Sunderland, but I also noticed they had Van Persie back, Rooney playing, Mata playing – that’s not bad for starters!
“That’s before going on to the next lot of superstars they have got there.
“I don’t think you start looking at them for any other reason than they’re a fantastic club with a good group of players as well as a renowned manager.
“They’ll come here to play hard and try to get a result but we’ll be looking to do the same.”