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Burnley travel to Old Trafford this afternoon and come up against their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a fifth time.

With United still in Europe, Solskjaer stressed the importance of the league games as they look to ensure a second place finish behind local rivals Manchester City. Speaking about today, he said: “Big game, important game. One we’ve struggled in the last two or three years at Old Trafford, so it’s going to be a challenge, we know that.

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“We have to earn the right to play, because we play against a very experienced, very well organised team that have certain attributes that you’ll always have to do well against, with set plays, physicality, high energy. So we’re looking forward to it again.”

He added: “Away from home we’ve done really well. At home we’ve conceded too many goals. We haven’t scored goals. Last season we had a decent start and then they scored and we couldn’t break them down.”

Sean Dyche spoke on the same theme: “We’ve had a few good results there in recent seasons, but it’s still an incredibly difficult place to go,” he admitted. “United are in good form again this season, having put a lot of wins together and being unbeaten in 23 or so. They’re a good outfit and you have to go there and respect them, for sure, but when the whistle blows, respect goes out of the window and that’s how I want my team to think.

“It was great for our fans last year and a great day. Those things mean a lot around here, and it’s good to beat Manchester United away, to beat Liverpool away and to beat Arsenal away because that doesn’t happen very often, but we showed we can do it.

“You often need a quiet day for them and us to perform well against these type of sides. Last time they maybe had a soft one and we capitalised with a good win, so we have to get our performance right.”

Twice we’ve lost leads in the last two games and come out without a point, but Dyche added: “The mood is good. The attention to details is what we’ve missed, but it was two pretty strong performances, particularly against Newcastle.

“You would always take the odd lucky win along the way, but I like the idea of performing right to win and we’ve done that for quite a long period. The last two show you that you just can’t have lapses in the Premier League.”

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