Manchester United draw a blank against Burnley

Angel Di Maria picks up injury on debut as goal drought continues for Louis van Gaal’s side

 Angel di Maria of Manchester United shoots past Dean Marney of Burnley during the Premier League match  at Turf Moor. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Angel di Maria of Manchester United shoots past Dean Marney of Burnley during the Premier League match at Turf Moor. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 14:55

Burnley 0 Manchester United 0

Louis van Gaal’s problems mounted at Turf Moor as Angel di Maria hobbled off injured in Manchester United’s uninspiring 0-0 draw with Burnley.

Van Gaal, who watched his team get hammered by MK Dons in midweek, stretched his winless streak to four matches after another poor display – this time at the home of the Premier League newcomers, who were torn apart here by Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season.

Robin van Persie’s second-half shot was cleared off the line, but otherwise United had very few chances despite the fact that they had the Dutch striker, Di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata on the pitch for most of the match.

Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia were guilty of making potentially costly defensive errors and David de Gea also had to make a few impressive saves to deny the Clarets, who picked up their first point of the campaign.

Until he went off, Di Maria was by far United’s best player. The British record signing speared a number of long passes from deep, but Van Persie and Rooney both had off days up front and could not convert, and his pace caused problems too.

The sight of the former Real Madrid man hobbling off clutching his right leg in the second half will be a concern for Van Gaal, who paid €75 million for the Argentina international four days ago.

United announced they had agreed a fee with Ajax for Daley Blind before kick-off, but, on this evidence, it will take much more than one new player to reinvigorate the Red Devils.

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