Clarets boss Sean Dyche isn’t paying attention to Manchester United’s doubters ahead of Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor.
United have taken one point from their first two Premier League games, and suffered a 4-0 reverse in the Capital One Cup at MK Dons on Tuesday night as Louis Van Gaal looks for his first competitive win as boss at Old Trafford.
Burnley are also seeking a first win of the campaign, and Dyche is in no doubt how difficult it will be to emulate the result the last time United came to Turf Moor in 2009, when Robbie Blake stunned the champions with the Clarets’ first Premier League goal.
Dyche said: “We know the challenge that is in front of us in the Premier League in general, never more so than when the big guns come to town.
“Despite what people are questioning about it, at the end of the day I saw them play Sunderland and they’ve still got van Persie and Rooney up front, still got Mata - that’s three who aren’t bad just off the top of my head, so you’re looking through the team and I’m not thinking they’re going to come here and by some miracle not be a strong side, because I think they’ll certainly be strong.”
Asked whether Burnley’s three-successive defeats makes it a bigger game, ahead of the international break, he added: “How could it be even bigger? It’s Manchester United coming to Turf Moor, I don’t think it needs to get even bigger!”
United are expected to hand debuts to their Argentine duo, £16m defender Marcos Rojo and British record signing Angel Di Maria, who sealed an eye-watering £59.7m switch from Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Dyche mused: “There’s a bit of hoo-ha about Manchester United at the moment.
“I don’t look at that, I look at the players they’ve got, the manager they’ve got, the club they are.
“I don’t think you start looking at them for any other reason other than they’re a fantastic club, a very good group of players and a renowned manager.
“We’re not naive enough to think that there’s any other reason, they’ll come here to play hard and try to get a result, and of course we’ll do that as well.”