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Dyche wary of wounded United

Burnley boss Sean Dyche warned his side to prepare for a Manchester United backlash as they came to terms with their Capital One Cup frustrations.

The Premier League newboys were dumped out of the cup by Championship opposition as Sheffield Wednesday claimed a 1-0 win at an echoey, quarter-full, Turf Moor courtesy of a late Atdhe Nuhiu penalty.

They must quickly put their disappointment aside as on Saturday they take on a United side whose own poor start to the season was compounded by a 4-0 humbling at MK Dons.

Dyche said: "There is a bit of a hoo-ha about Manchester United at the moment.

"I don't see it like that. I look at the players they have got, the manager they have got, the club they are.

"I'm not thinking they are going to come here and - by some miracle - not be strong. They will certainly be strong."

Burnley shaded their clash with the Owls in terms of chances but the visitors fought hard and went close in the first half when the Clarets' Kevin Long hit his own post.

The hosts were also in the ascendancy when Jason Shackell felled Jeremy Helan to give Wednesday the critical penalty which Nuhiu rifled home in the 78th minute.

Dyche had no complaints, saying Shackell made a "poor decision", but felt he his side should have had penalties themselves.

Danny Ings had one particularly good appeal turned down in injury time.

Dyche said: "It is alarming we didn't have a penalty. That is an incredible thing, but c'est la vie.

"I am disappointed with the result but the performance - there was a lot of good play. We controlled it and dealt with their long-ball threat.

"It was a nearly performance. If you score the first goal it changes that nearly performance into a very good one."

Opposite number Stuart Gray felt his side deserved their victory.

Gray, who had a brief spell as Burnley caretaker boss almost four years ago, said: "I don't think it was a smash and grab. I thought we started very well. We just tinkered with the shape a bit, started 4-3-3. That maybe knocked them back a bit.

"The pleasing thing is we got it right in both boxes. Atdhe scored the penalty but we also defended well in our own box."

The result continued Wednesday's good form having collected eight points from their opening four league games.

Gray said: "It is a fantastic start. We don't fear anybody. The spirit in the camp is fantastic.

"I have got a group of players that are giving everything for the cause."