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Mee: We'll Show No Fear

Clarets kick-off second half of campaign at Old Trafford

26 December 2017

Ben Mee insists the Clarets will go to Manchester United without fear as they kick-off the second half of their Premier League campaign.

The Clarets haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1962 – three years after a 2-1 Boxing Day success at the home of the 20-time champions.

But Sean Dyche’s side battled to a 0-0 draw away to Jose Mourinho’s men last season to put a first away point on the board.

The Clarets have gone up a gear on the road this season, picking up positive results at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool  in a total of four wins so far.

And Manchester lad Mee says the belief will be there again as Burnley tackle the side currently second in the Premier League, whose only home defeat has come derby rivals and run-away leaders Manchester City.

“It’s still a tough place to go. They are still a top-quality side with some great players,” said the Clarets’ captain.

“Maybe they’re not as powerful as they have been in the Premier League.

“But I think that’s because other teams around them have caught up as well.

“There are a lot of top teams in this league now.

“We will go there without fear as always and we will take confidence from the results we’ve had away from home.

“We will go there and do our best and take confidence from how we have played away in these big stadiums this season.

"It's Boxing Day, a big game, a big atmosphere and an exciting game to play in."

United are the only side Burnley are still to play this season and, despite last Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham, the Clarets go to Old Trafford in seventh place in the table – their highest top-flight position at Christmas since 1973.

James Tarkowski misses the game through suspension, with Chris Wood's absence with the injury he picked up against Spurs confirmed an hour before kick-off.

There is a welcome return to the Clarets' bench for Dean Marney, following the knee injury he sustained in January.

United start with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and top scorer Romelu Lukaku in attack.


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