You need to hold your nerve and do the basics well
Burnley travel to Old Trafford tonight to face Manchester United and, for the first time, their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The current United boss saw his team book their place in the FA Cup 5th round at Arsenal last Friday before moving on to the Etihad on the following day to take in our game against Manchester City.
Speaking about what he picked up at that game, Solskjaer said: “I think he (Sean Dyche) was thinking more about Tuesday night and getting through to that game with no injuries, and having fresh legs before he comes to Old Trafford.
“I enjoyed the day out, watching a game of football, but we know it’s going to be a tough game against Burnley. We know what we’re up against. They’ve turned a corner a little bit because their results have picked up and maybe they saw an away game against City as a chance to give someone else a run in the team. I didn’t get too much information about them, I felt.”
He added: “Every game you prepare the same. I think the analysis team, Kieran (McKenna) and Michael (Carrick) are doing a fantastic job preparing for every single game. We’ve got a great team behind the team and, of course, they’ve got the job of looking at Burnley. I wanted to see them myself, just because there are always one or two things that you can spot that you can work on.
“They’re very strong and they’re a very physical team. You don’t want to give them chances to put you under pressure too often. Of course, we do look at that but teams do have different strengths. I think the front two, Barnes and Wood, are a handful so, of course, we’ve got to be aware because we’re probably going to be the team who has the ball the most and, on the counter attack and set pieces, we’ve really got to be aware.”
“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.
“We will be considerable underdogs once again, but our challenge is to focus on going there and giving a performance. I think we are savvy enough to know the challenge now. When you first come into it (the 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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