Michael Keane insists Burnley are relishing a challenging run of Premier League fixtures ahead of an away visit to Manchester United on Wednesday night.
The trip to Old Trafford will commence a particularly demanding run of games for the Clarets, with away visits to Chelsea, Liverpool and Southampton as well as home matches against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all to come over the next couple of months.
However, Keane has highlighted how Sean Dyche’s men have already proved this season they are capable of mixing it up with the big boys – including a draw in the reverse fixture against Manchester United back in August.
He said: “It’s a huge challenge for us! I see pictures of our next eight fixtures going around, but I think it’s something to get excited about.
“You see those fixtures and that’s why you want to be in the Premier League.
“I think some of our best performances this season have actually come against the best teams.
“You look at Man City away and even Liverpool at home when we lost, but that was probably our best performance.
“We’re going to these away fixtures against United and Chelsea with nothing to lose and we feel like we can go to these places and get results.
“Whilst they might seem shock results to everyone else, inside the camp right here everyone is confident going to every game.
“I think we can just play with freedom and express ourselves and if we do, we’ll cause those teams a lot of problems.
“This is something all the lads are welcoming and looking forward to.”
Keane signed for Burnley on a permanent basis from Wednesday’s opponents last month, having initially joined the club from Manchester United on loan last summer.
And while he admits he can’t wait to go back to Old Trafford, his sole focus now is on his current club.
He added: “I’m really looking forward to it. I was there for 11 years and all my family and a lot of my friends will be there tomorrow night.
“My dad has had a season ticket for 40 years, so I grew up all my life being a United fan!
“It’s going to be a great occasion for myself, but it’s not going to affect the way I play at all.
“I think about the football first and I will be focused on the game. I’ll be going there looking to put in a good performance and get a result with Burnley.
“Even my dad wants Burnley to win for a change – the first time he’s ever wanted United to lose!”