PLAYER RATINGS: MANCHESTER UNITED VS BURNLEY

Manchester United might have managed 37 shots against a resolute Burnley, but they could not put a single one in the back of the net as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League.

United are now eight points behind joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, and the pressure is ever-increasing on manager Jose Mourinho and his grossly under-performing star players.

Burnley meanwhile were excellent in defence as they kept a clean sheet despite having only 28 per cent possession at Old Trafford.

Here is how the ratings stack up”:

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)

David De Gea 6 – Spaniard was a virtual spectator even when United went down to 10 men. Hardly had a save to make.

Matteo Darmian 6 – Impressed in place of the injured Valencia, but guilty of going down too easily to try and win a penalty just before half-time.

Daley Blind 7 – Marshalled the defence well in the absence of Bailly, Valencia and Smalling. Hardly put a foot wrong all game.

Marcos Rojo 6 – Faced the physhical challenge of Vokes on first Premier League start of the season but handled it well on the whole.

Luke Shaw 6 – Improved as the game wore on again. Great sliding challenge on Gray stopped the striker going through on goal.

Paul Pogba 5.5 – Showed flashes of inspiration in the final third but still needs to do so much more to live up to expectation.

Ander Herrera 6 – Unlucky to be sent off when he slipped into Marney having already been booked for a late challenge on the Burnley No.8.

Jesse Lingard 6.5 – Will wonder how he didn’t score. Denied by great fingertip save from Heaton in the first half, and hit the post in the second.

Juan Mata 6.5 – United’s captain for the day so nearly added to his midweek winner against City but thwarted twice by Heaton.

Marcus Rashford 6 – Plenty of effort down the left flank but lacked penetration and was replaced as United sought a breakthrough.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5 – How didn’t he score right at the end? Wasn’t afraid to go for goal but now on his worst barren run in the league for nine years.

Subs: Rooney (for Lingard 73, 6), Fellaini (for Mata 73, 6) Depay (for Rashford 82)

BURNLEY: (4-3-3)
Tom Heaton 9 – Former United keeper kept his team in the game, producing wonderful saves from Ibrahimovic (twice), Mata (twice) and Lingard.

Matt Lowton 7 – Had his work cut out against Rashford at times but was part of a quite magnificent defensive effort.

Michael Keane 8 – Left Old Trafford a boy and returned as an established Premier League defender. Kept his composure in the face of a storm.

Ben Mee 7.5 – Clattered Lingard in the opening minutes and was never far from the thick of the action after that. Outstanding display.

Stephen Ward 6.5 – Forced off before half-time with a hamstring injury after a solid performance on the left side of Burnley’s defence.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson 6 – A handful for Shaw and had Burnley’s best chance only to sidefoot straight at De Gea from 15 yards.

Jeff Hendrick 6 – Overrun in central midfield at times as United attacked at will, even with 10 men. But kept going to the end.

Dean Marney 6.5 – Relished the heat of battle and was on the end of the two challenges that saw Herrera sent off.

Scott Arfield 5 – Made little impression on the left against Darmian as Burnley struggled to break out of their own half.

Sam Vokes 6.5 – Physical presence caused Blind and Rojo problems. Had few chances apart from one effort drilled well wide from 20 yards.

Andre Gray 6 – Looked lively on his return from a four game ban but ran out of steam towards the end and was replaced.

Subs: Flanagan (for Ward 44, 7), Barnes (for Gray 59, 6) Boyd (for Gudmundsson 85)

culled from dailymail.co.uk

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