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Heaton Relishing United Return

27 October 2016

Tom Heaton is relishing another return to Manchester United.

But the Clarets’ captain insists it’s purely business not pleasure as he looks to help Burnley pick up their first points on the road this season.

Heaton started out at United under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson before rejecting a new deal in a bid to kick-start his career elsewhere.

The move paid off, with stops at Cardiff and Bristol City before becoming the Burnley number one and securing two promotions to the Premier League – giving the 30-year-old another chance to play at Old Trafford on Saturday.

“It’s a special game back. I still hold a lot of affection for the football club,” said Heaton, who has also gone on to become an England international.

“I spent 13 years there and almost grew up there. I’m still pleased I made that decision to earn those stripes and get back to the Premier League and be involved in the international set-up.

“It’s always a nice feeling going back there but, as ever, there will be a job to do and that will be the focus.”

Tom Heaton was back at Old Trafford with Burnley in 2015

The Clarets are 14th in the Premier League after beating Everton last weekend gave Sean Dyche’s men a third home win.

It’s been tougher going away from home with trips to Chelsea, champions Leicester and in-form Southampton.

Jose Mourinho’s United will provide another stern test as they look to build on their mid-week EFL Cup win over holders Manchester City following three league games without a win.

But Heaton is out to extend that run and keep the momentum going with an improved showing on the road.

He added: “I think it’s been a good start. We’ve got three good wins on the board.

“There are things we need to work on and look to improve and, first and foremost, that’s our away form.

“We’ve had some tough games and Saturday will be another tough one.

“But I think the big thing is about getting the performance right and approaching games how we want to go about it and I think over the course of the season that will produce results away from home.

“We know the task and the quality they’ve got but we know the quality we’ve got and how we want to go about things.

“We want to make it uncomfortable and impact on the game how we know we can.

“And if do that then hopefully we will give ourselves a great chance of coming away with a result.”

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