Frustration grows at Man Utd as Burnley hold tight for draw
Manchester United aren’t the first side to be irritated by Sean Dyche’s Burnley this season, and they are unlikely to be the last.
At the moment, that consolation counts for little at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils still searching for a league win.
It has now been four Premier League outings since Jose Mourinho’s men last collected three points and, having fired a whopping 37 shots on Burnley’s goal here, will certainly feel they should have ended the run against the Clarets.
Although this was a goalless encounter, it was far from dull. Ander Herrera was sent off in the second half, Mourinho was banished to the stands and visiting goalkeeper Tom Heaton was inspired form.
Victories for Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal mean there are now eight points between United and the leading pack for the league title.
It looks as though this will be another year where finishing in the top four will have to be considered an achievement at Old Trafford.
We make the Red Devils 7/4 to land in the Champions League places this term and there is a five-point gap to make up if that is to become a reality.
Mirroring United’s run of woe is their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now in the midst of his longest scoreless run for nine years.
The Swede has failed to find the net in his last six league outings, matching the drought he suffered with Inter Milan all the way back in 2007.
Although the former Paris Saint-Germain skipper and his new club couldn’t find a way through Burnley and Heaton, it wasn’t for the want of trying.
Their 37 shots were their most in a Premier League game since a 2003/04 encounter with Fulham.
Of course, they aren’t the only team to have found Dyche’s side hard to beat, after Liverpool lost 2-0 to the Championship winners despite having 81 per cent of possession.
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