Burnley 0 Manchester U 0

Angel Di Maria

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.

 

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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.

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