We have to make the game about us
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bring his Manchester United team to Turf Moor for the first time today since he replaced Jose Mourinho as boss just a few days over a year ago. He comes up against us for a second time though having been in charge when we got a point in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford at the beginning of this calendar year.
He watched his team come from behind to beat Newcastle 4-1 two days ago but he’s another manager not happy with the quick turnaround in games. He explained: “There’s not a lot you can do. Obviously there’s just one day in between. Hopefully the boys sleep well after the game against Newcastle, then we’ve just got a day at the training ground with loads of treatment, massage, recovery, rehab. Then on Saturday we’ll start thinking about Burnley. We’ve got a day there together. We’re going to stay together, have some meetings. You can’t go on the training pitch.
Solskjaer was asked if he knew what to expect at Turf Moor. “Definitely,” he said. “It’s going to be what it says on the tin, and we know what we’re up against. We’re prepared for that; we’ve already started watching the videos and of course we’ve had loads of games recently. Now the boys will be facing different opposition. The front men, Barnes and Wood, are top centre forwards as a pairing. There will be loads of crosses so we’ve got to defend the box but also make sure that we win the second ball so we can attack ourselves.
“It’s fantastic what they’ve done, and it’s with less resources than many, so he’s doing a great job, Sean.”
Solskjaer is not the only Premier League manager to speak out about teams having to play two games with only one day in between but it doesn’t seem to be a huge concern to Sean Dyche. “It’s a quick turnaround for everyone, but the players should still be in good shape,” he said. “Scientifically it’s not ideal, but you should have enough in your locker to know what your demands are.
“The players have support on every level now to enable them to recover the best they can, so I will be expecting the players to be ready to go. Then, of course, there’s our own personal professionalism and discipline, so a light session and we will be ready to go again.”
Dyche admitted: “It’s another tough task. We know all about United and we know they haven’t quite found the consistency that Ole will be hoping for. They have shown, in patches, that they are the Manchester United that you expect. Then, at other times, there are games when it hasn’t quite happened, but they are still a top side.
“That’s not really our concern though and we have to make the game, as much as we can, about us. We were close to doing that at Everton, and we look forward to taking it on at home. Hopefully we play well, they have a quiet one and we can get a good result.”Share this page :