I will tweak it now and again and get things organised

Last updated : 15 January 2010 By Tony Scholes
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson comes up against Burnley for the first time ever at Old Trafford, and he's looking for the consistency from his side that could see them end the season as Champions.

"It's a difficult league, teams are dropping points this season that they wouldn't have dropped before," said the United boss. "It's become a very tight league. It's the consistency and the team who becomes the consistent team has a fantastic chance of winning the title.

"History always tells you that two teams normally break away, but it could be a different season, we could see a change from that."

Looking at Burnley, and the game at Turf Moor in August, he added: "It was their first home game of the season, against Manchester United. There was a fantastic atmosphere that night and their players ran a hundred miles for the win.

"We missed a lot of chances and didn't deserve to win. When you miss changes, you can't say that you deserve three points. It was Burnley's night, it happens."

And on the goings on at Turf Moor in the last couple of weeks, he said: "Nothing surprises you in football now. Burnley just have to move on. They had to make a quick decision because of the position they are in. They needed experience and Brian Laws has experience."

For Brian Laws, it is his first game as manager of the club where he started his career and made his league debut in 1980. He's looking forward to it.

"It's not an easy task going to Manchester United, but it's a great start for us," Laws said today.

"It's a fantastic arena, a great stadium and great players and we have to go with no fear. That's what my approach is. The players have got every right to be there. They have earned the right with the work they have already done so they shouldn't go there with any trepidation.

"Everybody goes there with trepidation and worry but the Burnley players have already shown what they are capable of against Man United. They have already beaten them once. Why not go and do it again? The message to the players is go there and enjoy it. There is nothing to fear."

He continued: "When I looked at the fixtures and saw Man Utd coming up I though this was a game I would relish more than anything. Not because it's Man Utd, but it's one of those which is not a pressure game. It's a game we can go and play relaxed and the pressure is on Man Utd.

"The pressure game would have been if we were playing Portsmouth because they are the games we have to win. You never know, we might just go there and get the double over them."

Burnley's only away point this season has come in Manchester, the part of the city where Carlos Tevez was welcomed, and Laws wants that away record to improve.

"That's the area we have got to try and improve on," he added. "Our home form is excellent and that's going to be the basis of our success and staying in the Premier League.

"However, we've got to make sure we pick up points away from home. I will tweak it now and again and get things organised as quickly as we can to try and make sure we do pick up points."