Clarets Corner with John Greenwood: Burnley look for a repeat of THAT night five summers ago

Celebrating Robbie Blake's goal against United in 2009
Celebrating Robbie Blake's goal against United in 2009

Burnley fans will have fond memories of the last time they played Manchester United in a home Premiership match.

It got them their first points on the board in the 2009-10 campaign, and the same again would do nicely this weekend.

But if it is to happen Burnley must defend to the last as they did back in August ‘09 - United’s attack is, if anything, more potent.

Like then, however, United’s defence is currently not the best they have ever fielded. I seem to recall in ‘09 there was no Vidic or Ferdinand on the night, and Robbie Blake’s piledriver won the game.

Famously, United have signed Argentine wingerAngel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a new British record transfer fee of £59.7 million.

That deal is probably more than Burnley have paid out in transfer fees since the Football League was formed in 1888. United have also bought left-back Luke Shaw, midfielder Ander Herrera and Di Maria’s Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo for a combined £72m this summer.

Clarets could never compete with that and as Sean Dyche has made clear this week are struggling to compete with the £11 million Fulham paid Leeds for Ross McCormack, a deal which blew previous Championship ‘norms’ out of the water. So we may have to use what we’ve got. And it is possible for it to be done.

Just ask Robbie Blake.