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Clarets have still got guts.


EVEN their fans tucked away in the far reaches of Old Trafford could scarcely believe it.

For minutes after Ashley Barnes scored, the best they could manage was a chant of 'Burnley', and errr, 'Burnley'. But it was not a night for being fancy. The visitors arrived at Manchester United with a daunting task - stopping a team that had won eight straight games.

Yet, for much of a tough contest, they did it with a mix of grit and organisation that had been their trademark under boss Sean Dyche, until the wobbles of this season.

But the Clarets have been reborn, taking 10 points from the previous 12, which demonstrated the confidence they arrived with... and explained the lack of trouble they found themselves in until the end, after a poor Marcus Rashford miss early on.

Slowly they have crept away from the drop zone, and now their sights are on the sides above them, monied clubs like West Ham and Leicester.

Burnley, everyone's tip to go down when they were seemingly stuck in the bottom three before Christmas, mixing it with the big boys.

After Chris Wood got a second it showed sides like Burnley can not only survive, but thrive in the Premier League thanks to strength and guts.

And even though United fought back with two late goals to steal a draw, they are still recovering from Jose Mourinho's turbulent reign.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2019
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