Manchester United’s frustrating start to the season continued after a 0-0 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.
Having survived an early scare, Louis van Gaal’s side dominated possession but failed to capitalise on some good opportunities, with Robin van Persie going closest for the Reds just after the break when his shot was cleared off the line by Dean Marney. United also had two strong penalty appeals overlooked by referee Chris Foy, when Ashley Young was seemingly shoved over in the area and late on when the same player’s shot hit namesake Ashley Barnes on the arm.
Angel Di Maria was named in the United starting line-up to make an immediate debut following his British-record transfer from Real Madrid earlier in the week, with Wayne Rooney captaining the Reds on his 400th start.
The vociferous Turf Moor crowd was almost celebrating a goal as early as the third minute, after Phil Jones brought down Lukas Jutkiewicz on the edge of the area. Former United midfielder David Jones stepped up to take the resulting free-kick, and saw his curling effort come crashing back off the bar.
Jutkiewicz was the Clarets’ most potent threat early on, and found himself one-on-one with David De Gea just seconds later, but the Spaniard stood tall to avert the danger.