Saturday’s Turf Moor clash with Manchester United will provide a walk down memory lane for Clarets keeper Tom Heaton.
Heaton signed on at Old Trafford at the tender age of 11, where he had rose to prominence under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
And now his career path has put him back on a collision course with his former employers, the Clarets stopper insists he is looking forward to a Turf Moor reunion.
He said: “I’m just happy to be playing them really. When I left a few years ago the aim was to get back to the Premier League.
“Thankfully we’ve done that this season. I think it’s the one I certainly first looked for, from the moment the fixtures came out.
“If I’m being honest I’ve a big affiliation with them. But you have to focus on the job in hand in the build-up.
“We’ll be trying to get the job right and I’ll enjoy the moment after the game on Saturday, hopefully.”
Both the Clarets and Van Gaal’s men are both looking for their first wins of the campaign in Saturday’s high-noon showdown.
But despite the visitors’ fearsome reputation, enhanced this week with the British record £59.7m transfer of Argentinian wide man Angel Di Maria, Heaton says there will be no fear factor in the dressing room.
“I spent there a lot of time growing up there and in my eyes it is probably the biggest club in the world and it’s going to be as tough a test as any.He added:
“There will be no fear though. There will be the opportunity to go and apply ourselves and to turn it around from a negative into a positive really and I think that’s certainly be the approach for Saturday.
“Obviously they’re a top side with top players, but so what? Let’s give it a go.
“We have a lot of quality too in that dressing room.
“We’re here, we’re good enough to be here and we can get at teams.
“We can take belief from what’ve done already.
“If we can apply ourselves properly then we are going to give ourselves a chance in any game.
“It’s about how we go about it and what we do that is going to be the focus going forward.”