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PREVIEW: Burnley v Manchester United

2 September 2018

Setting the scene:

Sean Dyche: “I don’t think there is ever easy time to play Manchester United. I am aware of all the noise going on around them about their results, but we have to concentrate on the facts and they are that they still have a top-class manager and a top-class squad.

“Whatever team they put out will still have the ability to win games ands we have to make sure the players are focused on what happens out on the pitch.

“I think we all know there are teams we face in games that will always be favourites, but we have matured a little bit beyond being a constant underdog, certainly from four years ago when we were underdog every game

“Equally, there is a bit of freedom now and the fans here have grown to know the team will give everything, but they know it’s still a big challenge against all the big clubs.”

Team news:

The Clarets are without Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady but defender Ben Gibson is available after missing Thursday night’s Europa League exit through suspension.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is ruled out with an injury he sustained in last Monday night’s loss to Tottenham

Fellow centre-back Marcos Rojo is back in training but is not yet available for his first game of the season.

Form guide:

The Clarets are without a win so far in the Premier League but went through their Europa League campaign unbeaten at Turf Moor and will be looking to repeat the kind of performance they gave in Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Olympiakos.

United have lost two of their first three Premier League games for the first time since 1992/93. Their sole win was a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on the league’s opening night.

Manager Jose Mourinho has also lost two of the opening three games of a league season for the first time in his managerial career.

Monday night’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur (above) was Mourinho’s heaviest home defeat as a manager.

What they’re saying:

Burnley defender Matt Lowton: “It’s down to us to do our job. They still have great players and on any given day they can turn up and hurt us. We’re not going to go into it naively, but we just need to be on our game and capitalize on it.

“It’s not been a great start for us, but we are only three games in and there’s plenty of time. We will work hard on the training pitch and work hard as we do and hopefully it will turn around soon.

“We are always looking to improve and build on things, we just need our fortunes to turn around and get a couple of wins together to get things going.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "I am the manager of the one of the greatest clubs in the world but I'm also one of the greatest managers in the world.

"I have won eight titles. I'm the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England.

"Not small titles, proper titles, and my second place last season was one of my greatest achievements in football."

Match stats:

The Clarets have won three and drawn one of their last four Premier League matches when starting the day in the bottom three.

Ben Mee could become only the second player, after Ashley Barnes, to make 100 Premier League appearances for the Clarets.

United have conceded seven goals in their first three league games for the first time in 39 years.


Jon Moss




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