Ten-man United held by Burnley

Manchester United were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Burnley in their English Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday.

  • Man United 0 Burnley 0
  • Heaton impresses in goal
  • Clash remains goalless till HT
  • Mourinho sent to the stands
  • Herrera sent off in the 67th minute
  • United enjoy 75% possession 
  • No goals for home side despite 37 shots at goal

Match summary

Manchester United had manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Ander Herrera sent off as they failed to break down Burnley and lost more ground on the pacesetters at the top of the Premier League.

On a frantic afternoon at Old Trafford, the Premier League giants were left frustrated by a series of unsuccessful penalty appeals, an inspiring performance by Tom Heaton, and the woodwork.

Full report

Tom Heaton produced a Man-of-the-Match performance as he helped Burnley hold the Premier League giants to a goalless draw at the Theatre of Dreams.

Sean Dyche's side's last win away to the Red Devils came in the early 60's, and before the fixture he admitted they were up against one of the best managers and teams in the world.

The intentions were clear as the Clarets got men behind the ball from the first whistle and United enjoyed over 70% possession for the full game – despite playing close to a half hour with ten men.

With 37 shots at goal, 11 on target, and 19 corners at the full-time whistle, Mourinho was visibly livid as his side wasted another opportunity to surge up the Premier League table.

In the absence of Chris Smalling, Juan Mata wore the armband and produced a great performance behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, although both attackers were consistently frustrated by the incredible reflexes of a former United youth product.

? Acrobatics from @IAmZlatanIbrahimovic, but Heaton's there yet again. #MUFC

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Heaton kept his former side at bay to a point where their boss Mourinho lost control of his temper after a penalty appeal by Matteo Darmian on the stroke of half-time.

The former Real Madrid boss argued with the fourth official and was sent to the stands, but the tempo of the game was not affected in the second half.

The Clarets had the odd chance on the counter, but their goalkeeper kept his consistency – with the best moment coming on the hour mark.

Zlatan was almost wheeling away in celebration as he hooked a volley towards the Burnley goal at the far post – but Heaton appeared out of nowhere to block with his left hand in an unorthodox fashion.

The towering Swede then hit the woodwork a few minutes later, before Herrera received his second yellow for an accidental lunge as he slipped before a tackle in midfield.

In the last roll of the dice from Mourinho, the out-of-favour Memphis Depay was brought on, with Marcus Rashford hauled off, but to no avail as Burnley and Heaton held on to frustrate the home side and pick up a valuable point away from home.

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