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37 shots for Man Utd but no goals as Heaton frustrates old side

Man Utd v Burnley

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 fractious afternoon at Old Trafford, United were left frustrated by a series of unsuccessful penalty appeals, a string of saves by inspired Clarets keeper Tom Heaton and the woodwork.

Mourinho, who was incensed when Jon Flanagan was not punished for a challenge on Matteo Darmian inside the Burnley box, paid the price for allowing his frustration to boil over at half-time.

He sat in the main stand behind the dug-out at the start of the second half but was quickly moved to the directors' box, with a go-between running up and down the stairs to pass on his instructions to his assistants.

Herrera got his marching orders in the 68th minute, with referee Mark Clattenburg showing him a second yellow card for a challenge on Dean Marney, although the United player appeared to slip as he made the tackle.

That eased some of the pressure on Burnley, who had needed an inspired performance from goalkeeper Heaton to keep United at bay.

The former United keeper made a string of spectacular stops, with the pick of them being a Peter Schmeichel-style scissor save that saw him spread himself brilliantly at the back post to keep out a Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley.

When Heaton was beaten, United's frustrations continued with Juan Mata's shot hitting the outside of a post and Ibrahimovic's looping header coming back off the bar. They had 37 efforts at goal in total but none were successful.

United have won only one of their last seven league games and are now eight points behind Manchester City and Arsenal, who both won on Saturday.

Man of the Match - Burnley's Tom Heaton

Only one candidate. The pocket of Clarets fans at Old Trafford chanted "England's number one" throughout the game in recognition of a brilliant performance by their goalkeeper.

What next?

United travel to Turkey to take on Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday, then go to Wales to play Swansea on Sunday in their next Premier League game. Burnley are at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 36Darmian
  • 17Blind
  • 5Rojo
  • 23Shaw
  • 21HerreraBooked at 68mins
  • 6PogbaBooked at 84mins
  • 14Lingard