Jose Mourinho watched from the stands in the second half as Manchester United endured a goalless draw in the English Premier League on Saturday, despite 37 attempts on goal, with ‘keeper Tom Heaton helping Burnley snatch a point against his former club.
United bounced back from a humiliating defeat at Chelsea with an English League Cup derby win against Manchester City midweek, but hopes of a follow-up victory in the league were thwarted by Heaton, a United academy graduate.
Heaton left United six years ago without a first-team appearance to his name and, now 30, returned to haunt United on Saturday, producing a stunning display in the Burnley goal as a pulsating match ended 0-0.
Referee Mark Clattenburg gave Ander Herrera a harsh-looking second yellow card, having already sent off Mourinho.
United manager Mourinho was furious at his side not receiving a penalty after Jon Flanagan’s challenge on Matteo Darmian just before halftime. Mourinho settled in the directors’ box after hopping around seats near the dugout.
With Mourinho passing notes down, United lost a player in the 68th minute when Herrera – booked in the first half for a challenge on Dean Marney – was given a second yellow for catching the Burnley midfielder again. It looked harsh, considering the Spaniard seemed to slip.
Wayne Rooney could have secured three points for United in second-half injury time but sent his shot from the center of the box narrowly over the bar.
It was an entertaining draw that Antonio Valencia was forced to miss, because he was having an operation on a broken arm.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic got away United’s first shot after 24 seconds, with Paul Pogba and Juan Mata following up during a promising opening.
Ibrahimovic volleyed over before an attempt to direct home was denied by Heaton, with stand-in captain Mata seeing an attempt pushed wide.
Jesse Lingard brought a wonderful one-handed save out of Heaton, who then tipped a fizzing Pogba strike over the bar.
After the break, United’s Luke Shaw got back superbly to deny Andre Gray, and Scott Arfield wasted a clear chance.
United was denied once more in the 61st, with Heaton spreading himself superbly to stop an acrobatic strike from Ibrahimovic.
A Mata snap shot come back off the post, and Ibrahimovic’s looping header hit the crossbar, before United lost Herrera.
After 10 games, United is hovering above mid-table and trails rival and league leader Manchester City by eight points.