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Dyche: No Easy Time To Face United

29 August 2014

Sean Dyche has reiterated that there is no easy time to face Manchester United ahead of tomorrow’s high noon showdown at Turf Moor.

Victory has eluded The Red Devils so far this season under the stewardship of new boss Louis Van Gaal, and a shock Capital One Cup exit at the hands of League One side MK Dons has led to suggestions Burnley are facing them at an opportune time.

However, the Clarets boss rejects the suggestion that there is such a thing, given the fact United still boast quality in abundance.

Dyche said: “Whether they are under pressure or not, it will only be shown when the whistle blows as the rest of it is opinion, perception and conjecture.

“That’s when two teams come together and ours will be ready, organised and certainly fit enough, we know that.

“We want to play with quality and give a performance that can win.

“I can’t worry too much about the opposition, we have to make the players aware of it tactically of course.

“But we have to look at ourselves and not get involved in what is going on at Manchester United.”

United will be boosted by the signings of Argentinian internationals Marcos Rojo and £59.7m British record signing Angel di Maria, who joins Old Trafford for a figure which eclipses Burnley’s spending for the entire history of the club!

And despite the two clubs operating at different poles in the transfer market, Dyche’s difficult task in adding to his numbers before the transfer window closes becomes apparent when considering the powers others have in an ever growing market.

He added: “We are in a position where we are trying to align players so literally every player is suddenly getting linked with us.

“I mention it week after week about some of the figures that are mentioned, which are bizarre in my world.

“I don’t know what clubs these alleged players are going to, but some of them won’t be coming here with the figures being mentioned.

“We are in the market and we’re trying to be active. There are certain situations ongoing but I like to conduct myself in a manner where we concentrate on our business and not other peoples.

“We’ve got to try and structure deals and be into deals that we think we can be effective with, but they’ve also got to effect the group.

“It’s tough, very tough but that is the reality of where we are and what we are trying to do, not just now but into the future as well.

“It’s even more challenging if you haven’t got a massive chequebook where you can just throw money at every situation or the situations you want.

“We haven’t got that so we’re trying to do our business wisely and accordingly and it takes time to do that.”

Van Gaal’s men travelling to Turf Moor will undoubtedly rekindle memories of a famous night in 2009, when a Robbie Blake strike saw Burnley secure a 1-0 victory.

But as Burnley continue on their Premier League assault, Dyche admits it is not something they look back to for inspiration as they look to turn positive performances into points.

“It’s a different group and dynamic so we don’t talk about the victory over them back in 2009 that much.

“Obviously Duffo was here but he’s been around 14,000 years I think.

“But around the town, people I bump into mention it and it’s a marker amongst many for this club but that’s all it is.

“The game has changed since then and it has moved on. It’s still a powerful team and a very powerful club coming to Turf Moor.

“We played well in our last game against Swansea and even Garry Monk alluded to the fact we should have got something out of the game.

“But could of, would of is not a definite and we need to make sure we get something out of games.

“We want to play bravely, on the front foot with energy and win football matches.”

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