Jose Mourinho has been impressed by Burnley, and believes they could yet qualify for Europe.
Sean Dyche’s team were outclassed by Tottenham before Christmas, losing 3-0 at home, and now travel to Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Despite Manchester United only losing to Manchester City at home over a period of almost two years, Mourinho believes Burnley will be a difficult opponent.
“It’s great [Burnley’s form],” Mourinho said.
“If survival was the objective, I think the objective is in the pocket, it’s totally under control.”
“If the objective is to finish top ten, they will do it. If the objective is to fight for European positions, they are there so they have the right to fight, so it’ll be a difficult opponent.
“If you compare what they are doing with the initial objectives, it’s a very good season.”
“Everybody knows the way they play, if you expect them to play creative beautiful football, they don’t do that.
“But if you talk about direct objective, pragmatic and play with their strength, I think they are very very good.
“They’ve worked with the same manager for a few years now, I think the identification between the players, the style of play, the manager, the manager’s ideas is very good, so what they do they do well.”