EPL 2016-17: Manchester United 0 – 0 Burnley – Five Talking Points
There were some interesting points that rose out of Man United's tie with Burnley. We talk about them!
37 attempts on goal. 20 corners. One shot that smacked the post. Another that looped off the bar. Manchester United played some absolutely incredibly football at times, but that finishing touch never followed. They did run into an inspired trio of Heaton, Keane, and Mee as they pulled off stunning save/block after stunning save/block. That is as close as any side will go to scoring without actually doing the dirty.
That Ander Herrera sending off was a sucker-punch, and by the looks of it, more than a tad unfair.
Sean Dyche's men deserved the point, though, for their incredible bravery and full-blooded commitment. They might even have nicked it - especially after Herrera got sent off - but they lacked that touch of finishing class that often marks the difference between 3 points and 1.
Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, has an almighty task ahead of him to keep morale up - with the team, the board, and the supporters. It's how he handles this that will define his legacy
We look at the key talking points from the entertaining encounter at Old Trafford
#1. Tom Heaton, Micheal Keane, and Ben Mee have blinders
Tom Heaton made eleven saves today. ELEVEN. Four of those coming against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The English keeper was in inspired form today as he kept the rampant home side away with a series of saves that included everything from your run-of-the-mill to the outright spectacular (that save from Lingard and the starfish save off Rashford spring to mind). He exuded a calm air of authority and dealt with the aerial bombardment that 20 corners bring with it very well.
The interesting thing is that Heaton ONLY had to make eleven saves tonight. I add the 'only' because of the excellence of the center back pairing in front of him.
Ben Mee and Micheal Keane put in inspired, John Terry-esque performances – alternating between throwing themselves at the ball and timing some excellent tackles to perfection.
Heaton and Keane had a point or two to prove.
Why you ask?
Manchester United had decided that the two Mancunians were both excess for their needs, and had sold them.
Some homecoming, this!