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Burnley 0-0 Manchester United

Manchester United’s poor start to the season continued this dinner-time as they were held to a goalless draw at Turf Moor.

Burnley held their own throughout the match and could well have taken all three points had it not been for the woodwork.

As for United, they looked like a team full of strangers whose confidence is now at an all-time low under the new manager, Louis Van Gaal.

Burnley started strong as they began to take advantage of some nervous defending from United.

Shaky defending led to Burnley receiving a free-kick from the edge of the area and they were only denied by the crossbar as David Jones left David De Gea stranded on his goal line.

Burnley had another chance just moments later when a terribleĀ back pass by Johnny Evans put Lucas Jutkiewicz through on goal but his shot was blocked by De Gea.

United finally threatened the Burnley defence on 15 minutes, when Angel Di Maria played an excellent ball over the top and through to Robin Van Persie, whose shot was brilliantly stopped by Tom Heaton.

The rest of the half followed a similar pattern, with United looking very nervous at the back whilst being slow and seemingly without any ideas going forward. The long-ball was constantly used by the United midfielders throughout.

United started the second-half the brighter of the two teams and came close to taking the lead the 58th minute when an excellent run down the left-hand side by Di Maria led to Van Persie unleashing a shot on goal, which was blocked by Marney on the line.

Di Maria’s debut came to an end after 69 minutes when he was replaced by Anderson, much to the confusion of most United fans who were chanting for Adan Januzaj.

The remainder of the match fell into a similar fashion of that of the first-half, with United’s attacks becoming slower and slower without any clear direction.

They did have a penalty-shout with just minutes remaining when Ashley Young’s shot seemed to striker the arm of Ashley Barnes, but their claims were waved on by the referee.

United continued to press without any conviction and in all honestly it never looked like they would score a winner as Burnley held on for their first point of the season.

The result leaves Manchester United lay down in 13th place and are already four points off the pace, having played a game more than all of their rivals.

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This entry was posted on August 30, 2014 by in Football, Results.
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