Date: 28th October 2016 at 10:49pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has been speaking about the Manchester United clash this weekend and his coming four year anniversary at the club.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference as he met with the media, Dyche opened with team news for the clash, confirming that Steven Defour remained ‘touch and go’ for the game, but we could welcome back George Boyd to contention after he missed the Everton clash with a knee injury.

Stephen Ward has also shaken off his knock that he picked up in the last game.

‘Wardy is fine. I think Boydy will be fine. He trained today for the first time, though, so we will see how he reacts tomorrow. Steven Defour is touch and go. That will be partly our decision to make sure he`s right and really well enough if we do that.’

With Ashley Barnes yet to figure this season, but having now made a goalscoring return in the Development Squad fixture in midweek, he probably won’t come into contention this weekend, but we do also have Andre Gray back from his suspension.

‘We want to have that ‘scratch your head’ moment of which way are we going to go with it?’ And we have shown a bit of flexibility with that, which we felt we had to do. Everyone knows I like to play with two strikers. But you have to format the team you think can operate to get you the result. We have changed that slightly and I think it`s gone pretty well so far.’

With his fourth anniversary at Turf Moor being celebrated this weekend as we make the trip to Old Trafford, Dyche is already the eighth longest serving manager in English football and third longest in the Premier League behind Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe.

Dyche knew an Old Trafford clash was a fitting test for such a milestone.

‘I think most people would have taken Manchester United away this weekend when I arrived here four years ago. It`s kind of a measure of where we were and where we are, but there`s that weird thing that nobody really cares about the past. I think it`s more one for the fans. It`s a great occasion playing the superpowers of the division, but business-wise we want to win another game. Most of our players have played in many big games, but of course they know when they come around and the occasions they are. And despite people talking about the ups and down of United at the moment, they are a fine side with some big players, so we know the realities. But we are absolutely ready to take on the challenge.’

With two promotions in four years and work almost completed on our new training ground, Dyche knows a hell of a lot of hard work has gone into his time at the club so far.

‘There`s some obvious things that have gone on, with the training ground and getting promoted twice. But behind that I`ve been really pleased with the work under that. Money brings a lot, we all know that, but before the money came there was a lot of good things going on and I was really pleased with that. I was an even younger manager then, but I know in the first six or seven months when I was getting a fair bit of stick, I knew we were putting in good things. I knew the analysis was changing, I knew the way we working and the club was running was right.’


‘The first promotion was even surprising to me. I knew we`d be fine and we`d have a go at being around it, but that was like ‘wow!’ We got on a roll and had people playing on top of their games, so that was a really good start. Before that promotion season though I thought there was some really good work going on and I`m really proud of that first six to seven months. It`s hard, when you`re getting stick, to see through that and know we are laying down some good bricks and mortar here to build for the future. But I am very proud of that and you are calm when you believe it`s right. If I`m not calm that means I`m questioning myself and we`re not doing the things we need to do. But we were doing those things and I could go home every day and put my head on the pillow. As long as I know I`m giving the lot, doing things right and living by principles and morals I`ll sleep easily.’

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