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Dyche: We Can Handle Occasion

29 January 2019

Sean Dyche admits he is not surprised by the impact opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made at Manchester United.

United manager Solskjaer has made club history by winning his first eight games in charge since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.

But Dyche feels the Clarets are more than capable of ending that winning sequence when the two meet at Old Trafford tonight.

The Burnley boss said: “Ole has gone in there and looks like he’s done the simple things well.

“Sometimes the simple things are very important and even if he has gone in and changed the feel and the mood, that can be a very important factor.

Solskjaer taking in the Clarets FA Cup fourth round tie at Manchester City last weekend

“There’s a different feel there and that’s not any question mark over Jose Mourinho, who is a legend of a manager, but it’s a different style and it’s brought a bounce.

“It is fair to say your chances of getting a bounce off elite players are certainly better and they are in good form, there’s no two ways about it.

“It looks like there’s a spark back in there, so it is a tough place to go, but on the other hand they will be expected to win.

Solskjaer is congratulated by Paul Scholes after scoring for United at Turf Moor in the Worthington Cup in 2002.

“We will be considerable underdogs once again, but our challenge is to focus on going there and giving a performance.”

Dyche, who will make late checks on former Manchester United duo Robbie Brady and Phil Bardsley, and Icelandic winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, added: “I think we are savvy enough to know the challenge now.

“When you first come into it (Premier League), it is surprising to play these clubs.

“But now I think there’s a bit more of an assured feel that we’ve been around these type of games a few times and that needs to be used wisely.

“You need to hold your nerve and do the basics well and delivery your performance. not worrying too much about the opposition.”

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