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Ward: You Have To Give United Credit

23 April 2017

Stephen Ward praised Manchester United for the quality of their performance as they stormed Turf Moor to leave the Clarets empty-handed.

Sean Dyche’s men suffered only a fifth home defeat of the season as first-half goals from Anthony Martial and captain Wayne Rooney gave United a 2-0 victory to lift them within a point of the Champions League places.

Jose Mourinho’s men also stretched their unbeaten league run to 23 games and Ward admitted they had made life tough for the Clarets, who remain five points above the relegation places with four games to go.

“I think we huffed and puffed a lot. We were right in the game in the first half but gave away two sloppy goals and you have to give them a lot of credit,” said Ward.

“We make life very difficult for teams who come here but they stood up to everything we threw at them and unfortunately we didn’t get a break of the ball or something to go our way and I think it was a good away performance from them.

“We got into some good areas. We tried everything and got it into the box but I think they defended very well.

“They made an outstanding block from Andre (Gray) just before half time when he looked certain to score. Things didn’t just go our way but the lads gave it everything.”

The Clarets have now gone three games without a win ahead of next Saturday evening’s trip to Crystal Palace.

But left-back Ward insists there will be no change to Burnley’s approach as they enter the final stages of a campaign with Premier League safety remains firmly in their hands.

The Ireland international added: “We have never looked too far ahead. We have always looked at the next game and we still know there is work to do before the end of the season to secure our place in this league. That’s always been the case.

“We never let anything get ahead of ourselves, with the manager and the group of players we have here, so will be working hard on the training ground again next week to get ready for Crystal Palace for next Saturday, which is the next chance for us to put some more points on the board.

“People have said we are here, or there in the table and looking up, but we have always taken each game as it comes and we are under no illusion there’s a lot more work to come.”

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