Sean Dyche insists the Clarets can put to one side their weekend FA Cup defeat at the Etihad on their swift return to Manchester.
Burnley travel to the red half of the city on Tuesday night, following on from their 5-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s team at the Etihad Stadium.
And ahead of an intriguing Premier League clash at Old Trafford, where Burnley look to become the first side to take points off a resurgent United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dyche has no fears of a hangover from the weekend.
The Clarets boss said: “The cup game was in isolation before the game and that’s not to brush it under the carpet, but we’ve been stretched lately and come through that with good results.
“Equally, you have to give credit to City, who went at it professionally and when they do that, they are a handful for anybody.
“So there is a reality and that is we go into another game in the Premier League, which is factually our biggest challenge, where we have recently found a good level of performance that has paid us back.”
Dyche, who will make late checks on Phil Bardsley and Johann Berg Gudmundsson – with Robbie Brady another doubt – added: “It’s a tough game because they are in good form at the minute, and statistically it is harder at the big clubs.
“But we have got results there on the last two occasions, and it was a soft decision that went against us last year for the free kick that got them back into it.
“The last one doesn’t guarantee the next one, of course, but it can be done.
“We need things to go our way, but the key is to play well and hopefully we’ll have players back from injury as well, who could come in and we can factor into the equation.”