Dyche not paying attention to negative noise surrounding Manchester United

Burnley manager Sean Dyche will not be underestimating Manchester United despite the noise surrounding Ralf Rangnick’s side.

The dark clouds have once again gathered around Old Trafford following the shock penalty shootout defeat to Middlesbrough on Friday night.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup to the Championship side at the Theatre of Dreams, the Reds’ trophy drought is likely to extend to five years, come the end of the season.

Despite building momentum with back-to-back wins prior to the winter break, the loss to Chris Wilder’s Boro was a hammer blow.

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After a summer which promised so much following the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, as well as the return of the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo, United’s season has been nothing more than an absolute flop.

But despite all the doom and gloom surrounding Rangnick’s team, Burnley boss Dyche isn’t counting on United’s indifferent form and performances reappearing at Turf Moor tomorrow night.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Dyche said: “Well you hope if they’re [struggling] that it comes into play, but you cannot guarantee that, they’ve still got some very good and well recognised players with real quality.

“There’s a bit noise for many different reasons around Manchester United at the minute and what’s going on there, but at the end of the day when the whistle goes you’ve got to take on the reality of what’s in front of you and that’s a group of very good players.

“They did show their moments and produce big moments of quality against us [last time out]. But you’ve got to be ready it’s still Manchester United.”

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The Red Devils beat the Clarets 3-1 at Old Trafford in the final match of 2021. Scott McTominay scored twice and Ronaldo grabbed the other.

The 37-year-old hasn’t scored since that game and is looking to snap a four-game goal drought at Turf Moor tomorrow night.

But Dyche is getting caught up in United’s latest malaise and is instead focusing his efforts on his team producing a performance which makes things “awkward” for the seemingly vulnerable Reds.

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Dyche added: “I don’t think you can overthink the challenges [surrounding] them at the minute because you still have to be aware that they have got some great individuals.

“But equally we have got to try and bring our game to the fore at home with our fan base there and make it feel different for them – make it feel awkward for them.

“I think that’s our job and that’s what we intend to do.”

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Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.