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Preview: Manchester United vs Burnley

11 February 2015

Sean Dyche says his side are ready for their upcoming fixtures as they prepare to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Clarets go into the game on the back of Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor.

And despite recognition that this is a tough run, Dyche insists it is a challenge that everyone associated with the club wanted going into the Premier League season.

He said: “We had a tough beginning and we didn’t know how the league table was going to map out then.

“But we look back and most of the teams you thought would be up there were in and around that group.

“Then we had a tough run over Christmas where people were saying we wouldn’t get anything and we picked up 5 points and a good win against Southampton.

“We know that this is the reality of the Premier League. I said after the game on Sunday and I have done before that you’ve got to play everyone home and away.

“How they fall is irrelevant, you’ve still got to play them and it’s a challenge we all wanted, myself, the players, the club and the town.

“We can’t all of a sudden be thinking oh they’re big games against some big teams, yes they are and that’s exactly what we expected coming in to the division.”

Dyche will be forced into changing his side for the first time in 10 Premier League matches due to the absence of Dean Marney, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury on Sunday.

But while admitting the loss of one of his recognised central midfielders is a blow, he believes that any number of players will be ready to step up to the plate.

Dyche added: “If things change for whatever reason whether it be an injury or otherwise, I know as an ex-player that’s your time to say here I am, let’s go.

“That’s certainly how our group operate and that’s how they will operate I’m sure of that. Weirdly, it’s a good chance for someone.

“We wouldn’t want this chance to come in the way it has of course but it has and it’s an opportunity for someone to come in and the team to operate in a different manner.

“I believe in the subs, everyone knows that and whoever comes in will be ready.”

MATCH OFFICIALS

Kevin Friend will take charge of tonight’s fixture against Manchester United. The Leicestershire official has officiated 21 games this season, issuing 89 yellow cards and 3 red cards in the process.

Friend’s last Burnley fixture came back in December when the Clarets fought back from 2-0 down to claim a point at the Etihad Stadium. Five players were cautioned that day.

Mr Friend will be assisted by A Garratt, C Hatzidakis, and fourth official Phil Dowd.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Ground: Old Trafford
Capacity: 75,635
Sat Nav: M16 0RA
Website: www.manutd.com

Getting there by road: 

Exit the M66 at Junction 4 and take the third exit at the roundabout. Enter the M60 (be aware of the 50 mph speed limit) and continue for 19 miles before taking exit nine onto the A5801. Take the third exit on the roundabout before following the A5801 past another roundabout, before turning right onto Sir Matt Busby Way.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Metrolink service operates a frequent service from the City Centre (including Victoria & Piccadilly Stations) to Old Trafford station which is situated within a five minute walk of the football ground.

North Western Trains operate a matchday only service from City Centre Stations direct to Old Trafford Stadium where the station is located alongside the South Stand. Due to the varied kick off times it is advisable to telephone National Rail for train times.


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