Burnley and Manchester United faced each other at Turf Moor in a do or die situation. The Clarets have yet to win a match in the current Premier League season to avoid relegation.
The Red Devils lost to Swansea City and drew against Sunderland in a struggle to maintain relevancy. The situation for Manchester United resulted in the transfer of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for $99m.
The first half got underway with the Red Devils in possession of the ball and terrain. Di Maria, Wayne Rooney, and Robin Van Persie were able to attack and defend with precise passing of the ball.
The Clarets were not going to allow themselves to be sidelined and fought back by blocking passes from United. There were avoidable errors on the part of Manchester United as Darren Fletcher was cautioned for apparently pulling an opponent’s shirt.
The first half ended with no goals on both sides.
Both teams started the second half with United in possession but both teams not producing. There were kicks and passes but lack of coordination and discipline.
Danny Welbeck seemed distracted during the match while Ashley Young did a handball. The referees did not see Young’s infraction or let it slide which reflected on their poor performance in the match.
Both teams substituted but the match remained scoreless to the end and no resolution. Louis Van Gaal must restructure the team and release those who cannot produce results.
He should sign more defenders and midfielders to complete the team. There should be more cohesiveness on the part of United and the supporters must be patient.
It remains to be seen whether this can occur or whether Manchester United can be turned around. Burnley at least can say that they did not lose and held United to a scoreless draw.
Regardless, the Clarets must make a cohesive plan to avoid relegation and this is difficult. The most valued players in this match were Di Maria, Rooney, and Van Persie.
Di Maria deserves the honor for his debut and attempting to attack with precision in spite of not scoring. Rooney and Van Persie deserve the honor for the same intent as Di Maria.
Van Gaal said in a press conference [appreciated in a You Tube video courtesy of Full Time Devils] that he will succeed at Burnley. It remains to be easier said than done with no solution in sight.