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Burnley 0-0 Manchester United

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Turf Moor
Angel di Maria
The transfer fee of £59.7m Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria is around £15m more than Burnley have spent on players in their entire history
  • Di Maria plays for 70 minutes on United debut
  • Van Gaal still without a win as United manager
  • Burnley's first 0-0 draw in 41 Premier League games
  • United agree fee for Ajax defender Daley Blind

Louis van Gaal remains without a win as Manchester United manager as £59.7m British record buy Angel Di Maria failed to inspire their first victory of the season at Burnley.

Sean Dyche's Premier League newcomers fully deserved their point - and were the better side in spells after seeing David Jones strike the bar with an early free-kick.

United, who agreed a £13.8m deal for Ajax's versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind before kick-off, showed little sign of getting to grips with Van Gaal's methods and new system as they were uninspired in the face of Burnley's organisation and spirit.

Man Utd did not do enough - Van Gaal

Di Maria showed touches of class before going off with cramp 20 minutes before the end but there was a further injury concern for United and Van Gaal as Juan Mata then limped off with a hamstring injury.

The presence of Di Maria only underlined the different financial world these two clubs operate in - with the fee paid to prise the Argentina international from Real Madrid outstripping the £45m spent by Burnley in their 132-year history.

There was little difference between the two sides in these 90 minutes and United now have only two points from what they would have regarded as a favourable opening three games of the season.

Dave Jones
Former Manchester United midfielder David Jones has only scored one league goal for Burnley but almost doubled his tally with an early free-kick which hit the bar

Van Gaal remained rooted to his seat in the dug-out, clutching a clipboard for the entire game and there was little urgency on the field either as United struggled for inspiration.

Robin van Persie's shot was cleared off the line by Dean Marney and referee Chris Foy ignored late appeals for a penalty when Ashley Barnes blocked Ashley Young's shot.

Good signs for Burnley - Dyche

Burnley may not have repeated the win Robbie Blake's goal gave them in this fixture in 2009 but this result could prove just as vital in terms of adding self-belief. On this evidence, a first victory will not be long in coming.

For United, with the scale of their ambition, the concerns are greater and time is running out for Van Gaal to add the quality that is clearly desperately required.

The favoured three-man defensive system does not look safe in the hands of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones - youngster Tyler Blackett can be excused - and Van Gaal must hope Marcos Rojo's work permit issues are swiftly resolved.

In Van Gaal's defence, he is currently without summer signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera through injury and they would surely have put some sort of gloss on this insipid performance.

Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria made no tackles on his Manchester United debut but was heavily involved during his 70 minutes on the pitch

With suggestions that the Blind signing may be United's last before the close of the window, there remain real concerns about the lack of an authoritative midfield presence, with Van Gaal reduced to using Anderson as a substitute when he clearly has no place in his future plans.

United's team has an unbalanced look as Van Gaal attempts to find places for what seems a surfeit of similar players - with little time to address this problem.

Burnley swiftly exposed the deficiencies in the three-man defensive system Van Gaal is attempting to integrate, Jones striking the bar with a free-kick and United keeper David de Gea having to race off his line to block from Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Di Maria showed flashes of the quality that persuaded United to part with such a fee with a neat pass into van Persie that brought a fine block from Burnley's former United reserve keeper Tom Heaton. Otherwise this was once again an undistinguished performance.

Burnley, perhaps understandably, went into retreat as the game moved on but there was never any suggestion they would come under the sort of siege that was United's trademark in previous years.

Their fans were delighted with a point at the final whistle but United's supporters will regard this result as resembling the current condition of their team - namely not good enough.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "I thought we were very productive in the first half. In the second half we started very brightly and as the game wore on they began to control it better and we just got on the back foot a little bit.

"Overall we are happy with a point. We can't be greedy, they're a very good side.

"I don't think there's a lack or organisation or energy to the team. It's that quality in the final third that wins you games and we were close again today."

BBC Match of the Day reaction
"There is no hiding from the fact that Manchester United are not playing well at the moment. With the team they had out, they still had enough to beat Burnley but at the moment it is still work in progress" - Former Manchester United, Everton and England midfielder Phil Neville. On 3-5-2 formation: "I am not convinced. It is spreading nervousness through the back three."
Robin van Persie and Burnley defender Michael Duff
Burnley defender Michael Duff celebrated the 500th league appearance of his career by helping Burnley keep a clean sheet in their first 0-0 draw in 41 Premier League games
Scott Arfielda nd Robin van Persie
Midfielder Scott Arfield remains Burnley's only goalscorer so far this season
Manchester United coaching staff at Turf Moor
Louis van Gaal managed Ajax in a friendly at Turf Moor in 1992 and won 1-0 on that occasion



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 37Arfield
  • 8MarneyBooked at 76mins
  • 14Jones
  • 15TaylorSubstituted forReidat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 10IngsSubstituted forBarnesat 78'minutes


  • 7Wallace
  • 17Sordell
  • 18Reid
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 28Long
  • 30Barnes

Man Utd

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1de Gea
  • 6Evans
  • 4Jones
  • 42BlackettBooked at 68mins
  • 25A Valencia
  • 24FletcherBooked at 38mins
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forOliveiraat 70'minutes
  • 18Young
  • 8MataSubstituted forJanuzajat 87'minutes
  • 20van PersieSubstituted forWelbeckat 73'minutes
  • 10Rooney


  • 11Januzaj
  • 14Hernández
  • 19Welbeck
  • 28Oliveira
  • 38Keane
  • 40Amos
  • 41James
Chris Foy

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamMan Utd
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 0, Manchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Manchester United 0.

  3. Booking

    Steven Reid (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Steven Reid (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

  7. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Steven Reid replaces Matthew Taylor.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Jones.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj replaces Juan Mata because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Danny Ings.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Anderson with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

  17. Booking

    Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Taylor (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.