Burnley 0 Manchester U 0
Burnley 0 Manchester United 0, Turf Moor, English Premier League, August 30, 2014. Louis van Gaal´s Manchester United were held to a disappointing draw against Premier League newcomers Burnley at Turf Moor. Both United and The Clarets enjoyed a wealth of goal scoring opportunities during both halves of the encounter, but the two teams failed in their attempts to find their way to the back of the net, and the game ended in a goalless draw.
Manchester United had beaten Burnley 3-0 at Old Trafford in the previous meeting between the two teams on the 16th of January 2010 thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Mame Biram Diouf. In their last Premiership fixture, Manchester United had drawn 1–1 against Sunderland at Stadium of Lights, with Juan Mata putting the visitors ahead in the seventeenth minute. The Turf Moor club, on the other hand, had succumbed to 1-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in their previous Premier League encounter. As for absentees, Louis van Gaal had to cope without defenders Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling; and midfielders Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Shinji Kagawa, and Jesse Lingard, while Sean Dyche had to make do without forward Sam Vokes. Burnley began the better and former Manchester United midfielder David Jones almost scored for the home side when his curled free-kick hit the woodwork in the fifth minute. Then, ten minutes later, Argentina international Angel Di Maria, who made his first start for Manchester United, sent a brilliant through ball to Robin van Persie, but his shot was well saved by former England U21 goalkeeper Tom Heaton. And a quarter of an hour into the second half, Van Persie came close to scoring again when his effort was cleared off the line by Burnley midfielder Dean Marney. Manchester United pushed hard for a winning goal during the closing stages of the clash, but the visiting team failed to find the net and the contest finished goalless. Burnley Team: Tom Heaton, Ben Mee, Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff, Matthew Taylor, Scott Arfield, David Jones, Dean Marney, Danny Ings, Lukas Jutkiewicz. Substitutes: Matt Gilks, Kevin Long, Steven Reid, Stephen Ward, Ross Wallace, Ashley Barnes, Marvin Sordell. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Phil Jones, Jonathan Evans, Tyler Blackett, Ashley Young, Angel Di Maria, Darren Fletcher, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Antonio Valencia. Substitutes: Ben Amos, Oliveira Anderson, Rice James, Michael Keane, Adnan Januzaj, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck.
Angel Di Maria Quickfacts
Angel Di Maria made his debut for Argentina in a 1-1 World Cup Qualifier draw with Paraguay at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires on the 6th of September 2008.