Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stated that his side will come up against a very difficult Burnley side at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United will hope to bounce back from their 4-0 thrashing in the hands of Chelsea when they play hosts to Burnley.
And Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference said his team will have to be wary of the newly promoted side following his previous experience against them while at Chelsea.
“Burnley are difficult, I have felt that. Even in the year I was champion we drew at home to Burnley. It is the same Burnley,” Mourinho said.
“It is going to be very difficult for us because we arrive after a run of five matches with just two days rest in between.
“Finally we are going to have a Sunday off and a little bit of time before the second Fenerbahce match.”
Reflecting on United’s 1-0 win against City in the English Football League in midweek, Mourinho praised his players for their response after losing to Chelsea.
“After the Chelsea defeat we had to play City two days after and because of that defeat the match became more than a normal cup game.
“Sometimes people react to bad defeats in a negative way but in this case the boys managed to find that extra effort.
“It was very important for the players to win and to give back to the fans, not as a compensation for defeat but to give a lift.
“We progressed in a competition where Man United hasn’t been very successful in recent years. It was important to go to quarter final.”
On United’s current form, the former Chelsea boss insists it is not as bad as it looks.
“What I know is that in the last seven matches we only lost one and it is better to lose one match 4-0 than four matches 1-0.
“Our last run of results isn’t bad, the performance level was even better.
“We lost two points against Stoke which was our best match.
“The opportunities we made against Stoke could have seen us score four, five, six goals. The run of performances isn’t bad.”
And on the non-availability of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mourinho said: “Not injury. Sometimes I confuse the meaning fit in the English language, sometimes fit means that you aren’t injured.
“Mkhitaryan is not injured, he is training with the team 100%.
“Some players have the profile of adapting easily but some other players need more time to feel the intensity.
“Some players need time to feel the competitiveness and the level of work without the ball.
“Mkhi needs time to become the top player we know he can be.
“I don’t like to speak about players from other clubs but Willian when he arrived at Chelsea had problems, he went through a process.
“When Di Maria arrived in Madrid from Portugal he had to adapt his game to a new reality but he did it.
“Of course we believe in Mkhi and sooner or later there will be no problem.”