Burnley 0-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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Manchester United’s poor start to the 2014/15 campaign continued at Turf Moor, where hosts Burnley secured a 0-0 draw against the Premier League giants.

Louis van Gaal, who replaced David Moyes earlier this summer, is still looking for his first competitive victory as Manchester United manager.

Angel di Maria, the most expensive footballer in British football history, started the match - but how did he and his teammates rate on another disappointing afternoon for the Red Devils?

David de Gea: 6

Good early stop to spare Jonny Evans’ blushes, and made another decent save from David Jones midway through first half. Kicking wasn’t up to scratch today, but will be delighted to have kept his first clean sheet of the season.

Phil Jones: 7

Strong in the tackle, good in the air, another impressive display from the England international who has arguably been United’s best player at the start of this season.

Jonny Evans: 4

Made a dreadful early mistake which almost gifted Burnley an early opener and the sloppiness continued throughout the match. Awful against MK Dons; tonight’s performance was only marginally better.

Tyler Blackett: 5

Too ambitious with his long-range passing again at times and nutmegged in the first half, but a reasonable performance from the youngster. United need better, though.

Antonio Valencia: 4

So predictable. The frustrating Ecuador international was prepared to run all afternoon, but his final ball was often terrible. Still hasn’t learned how to put in a decent cross.

Ashley Young: 5

Not great down the left. Often looked for the safe option, but was a little unfortunate not to win a penalty in both halves.

Darren Fletcher: 5

Looked great in pre-season, but struggled with the pace of the match again today. Could find himself replaced by Daley Blind in central midfield after the international break.

Angel di Maria: 7

Encouraging display from Manchester United’s record signing. Superb inside the opening 20 minutes, but tailed off as the match wore on. Eventually substituted for Anderson in the second half, much to the bemusement of those inside Turf Moor.

Juan Mata: 5

Failed to make an impact during the match. The Spaniard could find himself out of the starting line-up after the international break unless his performances pick up.

Wayne Rooney: 5

Not an afternoon to remember for Manchester United’s captain. Rooney’s best chance came with a second-half header, which he really ought to have scored.

Robin van Persie: 5

Should have scored after being played through by Di Maria early on. Overall, a very poor display from the Dutch striker, who is still working his way back to full fitness.


Anderson: 5

The much-maligned Brazilian whipped in a dangerous corner which should have been converted by Rooney after replacing Di Maria in the second half.

Danny Welbeck: 6

United looked more dangerous with Welbeck on the pitch, yet again. Will he be sold before Monday’s transfer deadline?

Adnan Januzaj: N/A

Barely got a touch of the ball after replacing the injured Juan Mata in the closing stages of the match.

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