Mour­inho ban­ished, Heaton frus­trates Man Utd

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Tom Heaton’s saves frus­trated his for­mer club Manch­ester United as Burn­ley drew 0-0 at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day to se­cure a first Pre­mier League away point of the sea­son.

Heaton dived to palm away a Jesse Lin­gard header and spread him­self to block a pow­er­ful Zlatan Ibrahimovic vol­ley against a United side who fin­ished with 10 men as mid­fielder An­der Her­rera was sent off.

United man­ager Jose Mour­inho was sent to the stands at half-time for protest­ing too ve­he­mently to the of­fi­cials, hav­ing seen Mat­teo Darmian de­nied a penalty af­ter be­ing caught by Jon Flana­gan’s trail­ing leg.

The draw means that United have gone four Pre­mier League matches with­out vic­tory and have fallen eight points be­hind the lead­ers.

Wayne Rooney, back from a thigh in­jury, ap­peared as a sub­sti­tute for the fi­nal 17 min­utes, but could not in­spire a vic­tory, blast­ing over from Da­ley Blind’s low free-kick deep into stop­page time.

For­mer Manch­ester United youth goal­keeper Heaton was in­spired on his re­turn to Old Traf­ford. He had al­ready made a cou­ple of straight­for­ward stops from Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata when he raced off his line to block the for­mer Swe­den for­ward, who had latched onto a well-judged through pass from the Spa­niard.

Burn­ley, whose de­fence in­cluded an­other United academy grad­u­ate in Michael Keane, were well or­gan­ised as they frus­trated the home side. But they were in­debted to Heaton as United started to find gaps in the later stages of the first half.

He dived to his right to push the ball aside af­ter Mata had dug out a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area. Heaton was grate­ful to see for­mer Manch­ester City de­fender Ben Mee throw his head in the way of Ibrahimovic’s shot af­ter a lovely drag-back flick from Paul Pogba set up the chance.

But the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional was in­spired as he palmed away a pow­er­ful Lin­gard header from Her­rera’s right-wing cross, be­fore tip­ping over a 25-yard Pogba drive mo­ments later.

Burn­ley lost left-back Stephen Ward to in­jury just be­fore half-time and his re­place­ment Flana­gan es­caped a strong penalty shout within two min­utes of com­ing on.

The Liver­pool loa­nee seemed to clip Darmian’s trail­ing leg right on the edge of the area, but ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg dis­missed the home side’s ap­peals.

Mour­inho protested too strongly dur­ing the in­ter­val and be­gan the sec­ond half in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand. Hav­ing taken a seat near the front of the stand, the man­ager was then or­dered to move fur­ther back.

As that drama un­folded off the pitch, United briefly lost their fo­cus on it.

A Pogba er­ror al­lowed An­dre Gray a run at goal, al­though Luke Shaw man­aged to usher the striker into a wide po­si­tion be­fore mak­ing a chal­lenge to snuff out the threat. Scott Ar­field then fired over with the visi­tors’ best chance of the af­ter­noon.

But United were soon press­ing to­wards the Burn­ley goal once more. Heaton stopped Mata’s close-range shot from an Ibrahimovic cut-back, then got his body in the way bravely to block the Swede’s thun­der­ous vol­ley.

When Mour­inho’s side beat the goal­keeper, they were still de­nied, as Mata hit the post with a clever shot on the turn and Ibrahimovic looped a header against the bar.

United then lost Her­rera to a red card. The mid­fielder, booked for a first-half foul, was shown a sec­ond yel­low card and sent off for a late chal­lenge on Dean Mar­ney.

The game be­came scrappy, with Burn­ley striker Sam Vokes and United full-back Darmian see­ing penalty ap­peals re­jected in quick suc­ces­sion.

Ash­ley Barnes, on as a sub­sti­tute, had a chance late in the game to se­cure the visi­tors’ first win at Old Traf­ford since 1962, glanc­ing just wide from a Jo­han Berg Gud­munds­son cross.

United fin­ished on the at­tack, with Blind, Shaw and Ibrahimovic all go­ing close, but the win­ning goal would not come. — AFP

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