Manchester United were held to a scoreless draw against newcomers Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday despite having a slew of chances.
United had 37 shots in the game, the majority of the possession, and several grade A scoring chances. But it wasn’t meant to be as former United goalkeeper Tom Heaton had a phenomenal game in net for the visitors against his old club. Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Mark Clattenburg after protesting a missed penalty call by the referee. United went down to 10 men in the second half as Ander Herrera was sent off after picking up two yellow cards. Mourinho refused to speak to the media after the match, and handed the responsibility over to his assistant Rui Faria.
“I think we were the better team on the pitch,” Faria said. “We controlled the match, even with 10 men, I think you couldn’t feel there was one player less [when Ander Herrera was sent off] because of the mentality, the attitude, the concentration, the belief and the fight of the players. People could see that they gave everything until the last second and that is a very difficult thing to build. In this moment, we have that in this team.
“We need to congratulate the players for their fight and for their belief, for their will and desire to win. They did it until the last second. We are not happy. We created a lot of chances, we couldn’t score. It is important to score and we didn’t, but we created. If we don’t create then we should be more worried. We did very well. We tried and we are not happy. I repeat, the players were fantastic, they did a great job and they deserve to be congratulated.”