Manchester United fail to silence negative opinions in the stands during Burnley draw

In a week when Manchester United gagged journalists for airing a negative opinion, they could not silence their supporters after a negative result.

There were boos during this stalemate and boos at full-time. A Burnley analyst beat the desk sorrowfully at full-time. The second-from-bottom team racked up 16 efforts on the United goal and had as many memorable opportunities as their hosts. Burnley also completed 40 more passes.

Two draws and one win (excluding penalty shootouts) against the two poorest teams in the Premier League and a Championship side is an unflattering look for United and their embattled manager.

Mathematically, they could still qualify for the Champions League. United would have to win all of their remaining games, Aston Villa would have to lose all of theirs and there would have to be a 20-goal swing.

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Erik ten Hag was possibly the only person inside Old Trafford who would have started Antony over Amad. Ten Hag can feel a sense of vindication, if not celebration at the outcome. Antony claimed his first Premier League goal in 377 days.

It was shaping up to be another unconvincing United win. Four players eschewed the celebrations for Antony's goal in the 79th minute, such was the relief. That was short-lived as Burnley became the umpteenth team to score within ten minutes of United scoring this season.

Andre Onana got away with one in the opening game of the season but the Video Assistant Referee was not as forgiving when it reviewed his clumsy collision into Zeki Amdouni. United have conceded four penalties in their last five games.

Kobbie Mainoo's removal was loudly booed, with supporters possibly perplexed he made way over the lethargic Christian Eriksen. That has happened before this season with Rasmus Hojlund.

Hojlund also made way for Amad yet supporters were understanding of that. Hojlund struggled for a chance on a day United had plenty of them. Mainoo's withdrawal was unpopular. Supporters belatedly addressed their manners by applauding the teenager as he approached the touchline.

United were again reduced to desperate measures against fodder. Alejandro Garnacho engineered contact with Sander Berge in the first half and Casemiro dived in the second. Garnacho threw himself to the ground in the 76th minute.

Ten Hag demanded to know if Garnacho, limping early in the second half, needed to be substituted. Garnacho soldiered on while the returning Mason Mount limbered up on the touchline.

The Burnley analysts agonised over the erratic end product of Lyle Foster, who had a glaring three chances alone in the first half. Vincent Kompany had reminded his players they beat United in two behind-closed-doors matches and they channelled that belief into a creditable performance.

Bruno Fernandes is not prone to apologising but held his hand up when he failed to sense the danger in the 58th minute. Mainoo, at only 19, felt emboldened to offer some pointers that the United captain accepted.

John Murtough was back in the Old Trafford directors' box less than three weeks after he left the building. The Burnley fanatic Alastair Campbell was also there, possibly as a guest of United rather than the visitors amid their unconvincing spin of the fortuitous progression to the FA Cup final

Burnley intended to target Casemiro and David Fofana held him off inside 20 seconds but shot straight at Onana. Christian Eriksen, fortunate to be starting again, dawdled on the ball and was soon robbed of it, much to Ten Hag's chagrin. Harry Maguire thwarted Wilson Odobert as he shaped to shoot.

In an enterprising first 20 minutes from United, Garnacho, Eriksen, Mainoo and Antony had good openings, with the former an errant finisher again. Fernandes smacked the post.

Burnley were encouraged by Sheffield United scoring twice in midweek and fashioned better opportunities. Andre Onana sensationally thwarted Foster once and then again in a one-on-one. Harry Maguire waved his arms, essentially urging teammates to operate at his level.

Vincent Kompany was on his knees at Foster's shanked shot and he had two even better chances. Belief does not permeate throughout Old Trafford these days and the crowd once fell so silent the derisive 'shhhh's from the away end were audible. There were 21 attempts at goal in the half and Burnley contributed nine.

Onana went spare at Garnacho, who slowed down the closer Foster approached goal in the opening seconds of the restart. Garnacho then struggled to move freely and Amad was instructed to warm up. Ten Hag continues to only call upon Amad whenever United are drawing or losing. This was the eighth time.

He was soon joined by Scott McTominay. The Stretford End had only just started chanting McTominay's name, more as an instruction than in reverence, and he was almost immediately called back to the technical area by Ten Hag. Garnacho actually improved.

McTominay beat the turf in agony after a challenge and was forced off. There was a 33rd goal beyond the 80th minute in United's games this season, only it went to Burnley.

Cue the boos.