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Manchester United are our visitors tonight, a second visit to Turf Moor as their manager for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who took over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford just over two years ago.

He was a winner last season, in the final game of 2019, and now his team provide the opposition for the first league game of 2021. “It’s a great challenge and it’s what the Premier League is about if you want to be successful,” he said. “You need to be mentally ready and earn the right to play because they’re one of the better organised teams in the league.

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“They’ve got some strengths that not many other teams and clubs have, so in their own way these games have a massive impact on the morale and the spirit in our team, because if you win games like this it gives you a very, very strong basis later on.

“You know there’s Barnes or Wood or Rodriguez with the quality of delivery from Westwood, McNeil and Robbie Brady, who we know about, and also Guðmundsson. We know about their deliveries and also crosses in open play, the full-backs bomb on and put crosses in.

“They have physically very strong and clever strikers and there are not many teams that have had a striker partnership as long as they have because they know each other inside out. I’m sure they even know what they each eat for breakfast, their centre forwards. It’s a challenge we just have to embrace and be ready for.”

Sean Dyche knows they go top if they win but he reminded everyone: “We’re on a good little run ourselves,” before recalling our last game against United. He said: “The win we got at Old Trafford was from a very good performance from our players. They maybe had a quieter one but we were very good, I thought, on that occasion.

“We’re going to have to be very good again. That one’s not rocket science. To beat the top players and the top teams then you’ve got to play well so that’s the minimum we hope to do, to play very well.”

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