Dyche delighted with first Premier League point
The Clarets had the pick of the chances as well, former Red Devil David Jones beating David De Gea with an early free kick, only to hit the bar, while Lukas Jutkiewicz was denied by De Gea’s legs after a loose back pass from Jonny Evans.
Dyche said: “I don’t think you get anything other than a test when you play Manchester United, there a lot that the media at large have made about what’s going on there, and the cashes in philosophy but with that amount of quality on a team sheet, and on a football pitch, they are always going to be a test.
“We applied ourselves well.
“The framework of the team was really good, the energy we provided was very good.
“They had pockets of good play as you’d expect, but I was pleased we kept them down to a chance in the first half where our keeper made a great save, and in the second where Rooney had a header at the back stick.
“I think we did well to keep it to that, and we were productive ourselves - we hit the bar and had a couple of scrapes.
“We’re pleased with a point, but I’m as pleased with the performance.”
It was a first clean sheet in 30 Premier League games, stretching back to a 2-0 win over Hull City five years ago, and only a fourth in 41 games at this level two of which have come against United.
After promotion as the meanest defence in the Championship, Dyche was pleased with a shutout: “They’re hard to come by, especially against players of the calibre they’ve got.
“We’ve fared well in the games so far, and deserved something here.”
Dyche has until 11 p.m. on Monday night to add to his squad, and he admitted things are moving forward on that front: “I’m extremely hopeful.”
Asked whether there were one or two he was confident of getting over the line, he added: “There are.”