Burnley 0 Man United 0: Player ratings as Angel di Maria makes debut

Burnley 0 Man United 0: Player ratings as Angel di Maria can't inspire Louis van Gaal's side to victory

Trevor Murray
By Trevor Murray
Man United


Tom Heaton A deserved clean sheet for Burnley’s custodian. He stood tall to help his side earn a point and came out the other side smiling. 7

Ben Mee Wasn’t all that troubled by United’s attacking attempts. Relatively comfortable overall, even as the visitors grew more into the game. 8

Jason Shackell Was composed on the ball. Stood up well to what United offered. His double denial of Van Persie and Mata on the half-hour mark underlined his great play. 8

Michael Duff Apart from a few incisive passes from United’s new signing, Di Maria, the Burnley back four held their own well and shut out most of United’s attempts on goal. 8

Kieran Trippier Got forward down the right flank on a number of occasions and was secure at the back. Nutmegged Rooney. 8

Scott Arfield Almost scored in the 26th minute with a headed effort but it flashed wide of the post. Was hungry for goals. Beat Blackett on the right-hand side mid-way through the first half before unleashing a dangerous shot that resulted in a corner. 8

Lukas Jutkiewicz Capitalised on some poor defending on his left flank to set up Arfield in the first period. Worked hard and crafted a few openings. 7

Matt Taylor Like his team-mates, Taylor was brimming with energy. Not only that, though, he continued to use his head with some smart touches and movement off the ball. 7

Dean Marney (Man of the match) In the 57th minute, Marney burst a lung as he arrowed to reach a pass spread wide to the corner flag and, under pressure, he beat his man and won a corner. It was a snapshot of his endeavour that continued all afternoon, much to the delight of the boisterous home support. Cleared a Van Persie shot off the line on the stroke of the hour. Received a yellow card for a foul on Young. 9

David Jones Hit the crossbar in the third minute with an excellently placed free-kick. Again, he tested De Gea 22 minutes later with a cracking long-range effort. 7

Danny Ings Busied himself with putting some pressure on a shaky looking United back three, particularly in the first half. 7


Ashley Barnes Was drafted in for Ings for the final 12 minutes of normal time. N/A

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Manchester United

David De Gea The Spain international is sure to have a turbulent season under Van Gaal until Marcos Rojo gets his work permit sorted and some other reinforcements get brought in. Dealt well considering his defenders left him exposed on countless occasions. 7

Phil Jones Conceded an early free-kick that the hosts almost scored from. Had a torrid time trying to organise the defence. 6

Jonny Evans Was nervy and looked very uneasy on the ball coming out from the back. A real weak link on the day. Shocking. 4

Tyler Blackett Another uninspiring display from the youngster. Granted it will take time to grow into his new role, he could certainly do with an experienced head offering more vocal support and advice on the pitch. Received a yellow card for a foul on Ings. 5

Antonio Valencia Offered little on the offensive. United need him to give more if they are to revive an already lacklustre season. 5

Darren Fletcher His passing was far from polished and he allowed himself to get pressured far too easily. He did, however, loft in a dangerous ball to Van Persie who was lurking inside the box as United enjoyed a brief spell of dominance in the second half, but the result was an off-target header. Got himself in the book with a silly tug-back to stall a Burnley counter-attack. 5

Angel Di Maria Floated around the field, keen to get on the ball. In the 15th minute we saw a glimpse of his talent as he punted an accurate pass into Van Persie. His energy and passion was clearly visible, and it’s clear his skill will help the Red Devils offer more going forward. A really smart buy. 7

Ashley Young Had a shout for a spot-kick as the first half was nearing the 45th minute, but it wasn’t given and rightly so. Showed positive levels of industry on the left, but he just didn’t look like the type of world-class player United fans are used to seeing. 6

Juan Mata The game really seemed to pass him by. Van Gaal’s system just doesn’t seem to suit him. 4

Wayne Rooney An average afternoon involved getting nutmegged by Trippier in the early stages of the first period, and it didn’t get a whole lot better for the England captain as the tie grew older. Had a free header at the back post in the 78th minute, but he failed to direct it on target. Frustrating. 6

Robin van Persie Benefited from the addition of Di Maria to United’s set-up as it was his pass the fed him for United’s first clear-cut chance, but Tom Heaton denied him superbly. 5


Anderson Was introduced for Di Maria in the 70th minute. Took charge of free-kicks and corners. 6

Danny Welbeck Came on for RVP in the 73rd minute. N/A

Adnan Januzaj Came on in the 87th minute for Mata. N/A

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