Vincent Kompany has no desire to be sucked into conversations about Manchester United’s alleged “crisis” before of c match against Burnley. The Clarets host Erik ten Hag’s men on Saturday night, searching for their first win of the season after a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest on Monday night.
United, on the other hand, has lost three consecutive games in all competitions, as well as four of their past five, compounding their rising troubles off the field.
Despite being asked a multitude of questions about the Red Devils, Kompany opted to divert attention to his Burnley side and how they can improve having suffered three straight home defeats to Man City, Aston Villa and Tottenham.
“I only try and assess them for what I need to do for my team, so strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
“I’ve been in a big club before, I know what it is when you lose a couple of games, the pressure can mount but it’s not for me to talk about them. It’s about what they do on the pitch and that’s what I need to focus on.
“I really want Turf Moor to become a difficult place to come to for any team, but at this moment in time when we’ve played against teams the calibre of Man Utd it’s fair to say we haven’t been able to put in a 100-minute performance if you like.
“We were able to hold a threat, we were always there for 45-minute spells or something, but we got punished when we weren’t at our best.”
“We’ve played three games against three of the top eight teams, and the gap has always existed.”
“We’ve played two games against Forest where we felt we were on an equal playing field, so for us, it’s about closing the gap to the top teams.”
“I’m really looking forward to this game to see if we’ve made those strides.”
“I have a lot of faith in the attacking threat we have in this team, and I’m hoping it shows on Saturday.”
“If they’re on their game, it’s going to be Tottenham, City, and Aston Villa.” It’s about being competitive for 90 minutes for us.”