Burn­ley ‘in good shape’, says Dy­che

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Burn­ley went down 2-0 at home to Manch­ester United and have won just once since Jan­u­ary.

How­ever, man­ager Sean Dy­che says the se­quence of fix­tures they have come through was tricky, and was keen to high­light they are still in good shape ahead of the fi­nal stretch.

“On pa­per it looked like a tough run and it was al­ways go­ing to be, es­pe­cially with the form Ever­ton are in at their place and then Manch­ester United 22 un­beaten be­fore (yes­ter­day),” he said.

“We’ve cheated the sys­tem a few times in what peo­ple think of a game, but you can’t do all the time. We’ve done it well here, we’ve played some teams who are well fan­cied here and taken 10 Pre­mier League wins.

“When you look at the points on the board now and his­tor­i­cally with our last two ef­forts we’re in good shape – against all the odds, no one gave us any chance at all.”

An­thony Mar­tial and Wayne Rooney scored the goals that ex­tended United’s run to 23 Pre­mier League games with­out de­feat.

United, who are still in the Europa League, will en­ter Thurs­day’s derby en­counter with fourth-placed Manch­ester City just one point be­hind their neigh­bours, but the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of fix­tures con­tin­ues to come at a cost, with Paul Pogba now a con­cern for that match af­ter he came off late on at Turf Moor.

United man­ager Jose Mour­inho was un­sure if Pogba had sus­tained a prob­lem him­self or if he was merely “dead” af­ter a 51st ap­pear­ance of the cam­paign for club and county.

“I don’t know – dead (on his feet), he is for sure,” Mour­inho said.

“If he is in­jured or it’s just su­per ac­cu­mu­la­tion of fa­tigue in the mus­cles, I don’t know. If he can­not play Thurs­day, he can­not play Thurs­day and we play an­other one. We don’t cry.”

Thurs­day’s game has added sig­nif­i­cance as an­other United vic­tory would see them dis­place City in fourth.

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