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Same Again Says Dyche

Boss not distracted by United issues as Clarets seek first win

31 August 2018

Sean Dyche wants more of the same of the Clarets’ European endeavours as his side prepares to take on Manchester United at a neasold-out Turf Moor on Sunday.

United boss Jose Mourinho sat in the Bob Lord Stand on Thursday night as Burnley bowed out of the Europa League against Olympiakos.

Following two defeats in United’s opening three league games for the first time since 1992/93 and a heaviest home loss in his managerial career against Tottenham last Monday night, Mourinho’s position has come under huge scrutiny in the national media, who will be out in force in the Burnley press box.

But Dyche is unconcerned about the attention surrounding the visitors as he looks to his players to back up an outstanding performance against the former Greek champions, who escaped with a 1-1 draw to secure a 4-2 aggregate success.

“For us, we’ve got to concentrate on the facts,” said the Burnley boss.

“They’re still a top-class side. They can make changes everywhere and still put out a top-class side.

“They’ve got a very, very good manager who knows exactly what’s doing, so I have to look at that and not get involved with the noise.

“We have to focus the players on a very, very tough game against a top side.

“They will know that, but it bodes well from the performance the other night against Olympiakos.

“That’s what we have to give. We have to give everything – quality and intensity and you probably need a little bit of the rub of the green against the top sides.

“Our players know they are a good side. We know all that, but we do what we do. We want to take on the game and we want the challenge.

“It’s an important one for us and a great local game for the fans as well.”

Dyche is likely to make changes to his starting line-up as the Clarets look for their first Premier League win of the campaign ahead of an international break.

But whoever he selects, he will expect to replicate the efforts of those who were unfortunate to see the Europa League run come to an end.

Dyche - who saw his side come within minutes of a win at Old Trafford last season before Jesse Lingard's injury-time equaliser on Boxing Day - added: “We want to consistently improve our performances.

"We fell away against Fulham. We revitalised ourselves and looked more like us again against Olympiakos and that’s important.

“We lay down certain levels of performance. We know you have to perform properly against any team you play against in the Premier League.

“I thought we did that the other night, and now it’s important we take that into the Manchester United game.”

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