Ratings: Mata brilliant again as Herrera saw red in Burnley draw


It was a frustrating afternoon for Manchester United as a resilient Burnley side held them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford. Despite 72% possession and 37 shots, the hosts were unable to break down a solid Clarets’ unit, led by former United Academy graduates Tom Heaton and Michael Keane.

The home side constantly pressed throughout the match against a Sean Dyche side that sat with ten men behind the ball as they clearly organised themselves to make the short trip home with a point to their name. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had numerous chances in the opening 45 minutes, but the best opening was created by Jesse Lingard as his effort was expertly tipped over the crossbar by Heaton. Cracks were beginning to appear in the United patience as Ander Herrera picked up a yellow card for a late challenge before Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands after complaining about a penalty appeal not given for a tackle on Matteo Darmian.

The second half followed a similar pattern with United creating all the openings but unable to find a breakthrough. Heaton pulled off an outstanding save to keep out Ibrahimovic, before both Juan Mata, who pulled the strings for the hosts throughout the afternoon, and Ibrahimovic hit the woodwork midway through the half. Frustrations soon appeared for United again as Herrera slid in recklessly once more to pick up a second yellow card.

Despite playing the last twenty minutes with ten men, United continued to search for a winner but it was not forthcoming as Burnley remained solid and Heaton unbeatable as the visitors picked up a crucial point.

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Rojo, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard (Rooney 73′), Mata (Fellaini 73′), Rashford (Memphis 82′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Carrick, Young, Schneiderlin

Bookings: Ander Herrera 33′, 68′ sent off, Paul Pogba 84′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Against a visiting side hanging on by the tiniest of threads, the Spaniard had very little to do between the sticks at Old Trafford.


Matteo Darmian

In a rare outing for the Italian full-back, Darmian got forward at every opportunity and may have been unlucky not to earn a penalty for his side after being hauled down by Jon Flanagan just before half-time. Burnley rarely threatened down his right touchline.


16 Marcos Rojo

As was the case against Manchester City with the threat of Jesus Navas, he did not get across often enough to support Luke Shaw against the speed of Andre Gray. Questions have to be raised over the suitability of the left-back reverting to a more central position.


17 Daley Blind

Looked to make the hosts tick after being afforded time on the ball in central defence, acting almost as a quarterback in an attempt to get United moves going. However, he still looks suspect in the air despite Burnley not offering much of a physical or aerial threat up front.


23 Luke Shaw

Often struggled against the speed of Gray as previously outlined. The former Southampton man’s talent cannot be questioned but his fitness and speed is being tested each week by fast wingers.


21 Ander Herrera

Looked solid on the ball and continued to press at every opportunity, but was reckless in both late challenges that led to yellow cards and an eventual early bath.


6 Paul Pogba

Like Herrera, the Frenchman was often the link between defence and the forward players but needs to offer more of an attacking threat if he is going to prove his hefty price tag. Did look dangerous when he pushed further forward and exchanged passes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


14 Jesse Lingard

Capable of the spectacular, the youngster is proving to be too inconsistent with his performances and this was another occasion where he failed to stamp his authority on the game. Did go close to scoring in the first half when Heaton produced a fingertip save, but was largely ineffective.


8 Juan Mata

By far and away United’s best player, the attacking midfielder was as the heart of the majority of chances United created. He formed a compelling partnership with Ibrahimovic in particular but the pair were unable to force a breakthrough, Mata going closest when he hit the crossbar midway through the second half.


10 Marcus Rashford

The game passed the youngster by as he found himself stranded on the left touchline. With United pressing throughout the game, it could have been an opportunity for Rashford to take the game to the Burnley defenders from a more central position.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Desperate for a goal after just one in his last nine, the Swede did everything but score against Burnley. If it were not for an inspired Tom Heaton, the striker could have easily bagged a hat-trick and went closest when he hit the crossbar.



27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Juan Mata. Could not pick up the pace of the game and was unable to use his aerial ability against a solid visiting defence.


Ratings: Mata brilliant again as Herrera saw red in Burnley draw

Came on for Jesse Lingard after 73 minutes but failed to have an impact in such a little space of time. The Old Trafford faithful continue to wonder where that killer instinct in front of goal has disappeared to.


Ratings: Mata brilliant again as Herrera saw red in Burnley draw

Was the last throw of the dice for the hosts on 83 minutes and was afforded no time or space to use his trickery or speed to test the Burnley full-backs.


By Chris Lincoln

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