Burnley ‘in good shape’, says Dyche
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.