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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has lauded Burnley FC ahead of Tuesday Premier League home clash.

Mourinho admitted he has been impressed by Sean Dyche's side's performances this term and believes they are likely to be among the clubs challenging for the top six at the end of the season.

"It's great [Burnley's form]. If survival was the objective, I think the objective is in the pocket, it's totally under control," said Mourinho in an exclusive Christmas Day interview with Sky Sports News.

"If the objective is to finish top ten, they will do it. If the objective is to fight for European positions, they are there so they have the right to fight, so it'll be a difficult opponent.

"If you compare what they are doing with the initial objectives, it's a very good season," he said.

Burnley have already taken points off some of the top six, including an impressive 3-2 away win against Chelsea on the opening day of the season, and they will be looking to do the same at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

They are three points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool on 32 points after 19 Premier League games.

The club have the fourth-best defence in the league, behind Manchester City, United and Chelsea, conceding only 15 goals and Mourinho expects his side to face a tough task if they are to break down the Clarets defence.

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