Can you handle the heat at Burnley, Manchester United?
19 August 2009 01:22
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Manchester United go to Turf Moor tonight hoping the temperature of the showers matches the reception they are sure to receive hot.
Burnley's archaic stadium will be packed to the rafters for the visit of the champions and it will be just as crowded in the dressing rooms where a United squad accustomed to five-star treatment have to prepare in surroundings that fall well shortof Premier League standards.
Ferguson's players will have to fight over a handful of showers or hop in a communal bath that dates back to the 1970s.
'It's not the best place to come but we like that,' said Burnley striker Robbie Blake. 'We want to make Turf Moor as difficult as we can for teams.
'It might be an advantage for us if they are walking down that cold tunnel thinking, 'this looks a bit dodgy'.
'We can't make it too hospitable for them, putting sofas in and things like that.'
Arsenal, Tottenham and Fulham can testify to the difficulties of playing away to Burnley.They all lost Carling Cup ties at Turf Moor last season, and Owen Coyle's side hope to reproduce the unique atmosphere of those nights against Ferguson's side.
Coyle said: 'It's a sell-out and it's under lights I always liked a night game myself. We'll be looking to replicate that form we showed against the elite teams last season.
'It's fitting that the first game back in the Premier League is against the champions,Manchester United, and the whole town is excited by the prospect.'