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Burnley v Manchester United

30 August 2014

Burnley 0 Manchester United 0

Burnley picked up their first Premier League point of the season with a deserved draw against Manchester United at a sell-out Turf Moor.

The determined and well-organised Clarets proved more than a match for the 20-times champions, who handed a debut to British record signing Ángel Di María.

The best chances of the game came early, with David Jones having Burnley’s best chance of the game when he hit the crossbar at the beginning of a tight contest.

At the other end, Tom Heaton made a stunning save to deny Robin van Persie inside the opening 20 minutes of the match.

And with chances then at a premium, neither side could make the breakthrough to pick up their first win of the campaign.

Sean Dyche named the same starting eleven for the third consecutive Premier League game with Lukas Jutkiewicz partnering Danny Ings up front.

Louis van Gaal handed a debut to Di María in an attacking Manchester United line-up.

But it was Burnley who got off to a blistering start.

And with less than three minutes on the clock, David Jones struck a free-kick from just outside the box against the crossbar with David de Gea well beaten.

Seconds later, a short back-pass by Jonny Evans saw Jutkiewicz presented with another opportunity and this time de Gea had to be quick to block the shot with his leg.

United then attempted to slow the tempo down and they finally carved out their first opening on the quarter of the hour mark.

Di María picked the ball up inside his own half before playing van Persie through with a beautifully measured pass over the top.

The Dutchman controlled the ball perfectly, but Heaton made himself big to produce a superb stop.

Di María looked to pull the strings in midfield now and after he drifted to the left and pulled the ball back into the path of Juan Mata inside the penalty area, the visitors must have smelled a goal.

The Spaniard slipped, though as he was about to pull the trigger.

However, despite allowing the visitors the majority of possession the Clarets defended well and soon created a chance of their own.

On 26 minutes, Jutkiewicz’s cross from the left reached the head of Scott Arfield at the far post, but the Scot couldn’t direct the ball goalwards.

Immediately afterwards, the ball broke to Jones 25 yards out and the midfielder’s yet another well-struck effort had de Gea only just about turn the ball behind.

At the other end, Jason Shackell made an outstanding challenge to thwart a threatening-looking combination between Di María, Wayne Rooney and van Persie.

It was becoming an end-to-end contest. On 34 minutes, Arfield got past Tyler Blackett and into the box before his left-foot shot was blocked behind in the nick of time by the United backline.

It was more of the same just after the restart as Burnley kept forcing the visitors into mistakes in their build-up play.

It took United until the 59th minute to register their next dangerous effort. Van Persie’s volleyed shot followed a scramble in the box and the ball was eventually cleared off the goal line by Dean Marney.

The Dutch striker then saw his header miss the target, although Heaton had it covered.

The Clarets responded when Arfield found Matt Taylor on the edge of the penalty area, but his first-time strike was comfortably saved by de Gea.

There was still nothing to choose between the two sides as the game approached its final 20 minutes and a wilting Di María was replaced by Anderson.

Trippier made a good intervention to prevent van Persie from getting a shot away and this turned out to be the Dutchman’s last involvement with Danny Welbeck introduced into the action on 74 minutes.

Taylor then struck a free-kick into the roof of the net as Burnley searched for a late winner.

Meanwhile, United did the same and Antonio Valencia’s fizzed ball across the face of goal was turned behind by Shackell, before Rooney headed the resulting corner tamely wide of the post.

In the end though, neither team could break the deadlock, with the impressive Clarets up and running for the season following a hugely encouraging day against one of the Premier League’s heavyweights.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Marney, Jones, Taylor (Reid 88), Ings (Barnes 78), Jutkiewicz.
Subs not used: Gilks, Long, Ward, Wallace, Sordell.

Man United: de Gea, Evans, Jones, Blackett, Valencia, Mata (Januzaj 87), Fletcher, Di María (Anderson 70), Young, Rooney, van Persie (Welbeck 73).
Subs not used: Amos, Keane, James, Hernández.

Bookings: Marney, Reid – Fletcher, Blackett

Referee: Chris Foy

Attendance: 21,099 (4,099)

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