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)
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