Survival Showdown: Burnley and Sheffield United Clash in Premier League Battle

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Vincent Kompany does not look like a man who is feeling the pressure.

BURNLEY, England: Vincent Kompany does not look like a man who is feeling the pressure.

His Burnley team is last in the Premier League standings and faces Sheffield United on Saturday in a game that could be crucial in the battle to avoid relegation.

“There’s no need to say it any different than it is, it’s a massive game for both teams,” the Burnley manager said Thursday. “It’s part of what you have to face in a career. For these players who are going to be taking the field on that day, they’re not the easiest ones in terms of leading into, but they are the ones that make you.”

Kompany has had an uncomfortable introduction to managing in England’s top flight after leading Burnley to promotion as second-division champions in his first year on the job.

It’s been a different story this term, with his team picking up only four points from 13 games so far, having lost all seven of its home matches.

A win at Turf Moor would see it move above Sheffield United, which is in 18th place with five points under manager Paul Heckingbottom.

Both managers want to avoid the increased scrutiny that a loss would bring. A draw, meanwhile, would be seen as an opportunity missed.

There has been no suggestion, however, that Kompany is under threat after his achievements last season.

“If there is ever a story in the future that’s to be written about this club, it is how it behaves in moments like this. I can really say I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anything like this,” the former Manchester City captain said. “People are calm, people are together, supporting each other and when there is something that needs to be sorted out we can talk about it.”