Updated: August 30, 2014 22:36 IST

EPL: Manchester United F.C. Held to 0-0 Draw by Burnley in Angel Di Maria's Debut

Manchester United's frustrating start to the season continued after they failed to score and gain three points against Burnley.

Angel Di Maria in action during his EPL debut for Manchester United.

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British-record signing Angel di Maria was unable to inspire Manchester United to victory on his debut as they drew 0-0 at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday. (Fernando Torres joins AC Milan on two-year loan deal)

A £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) acquisition from Real Madrid, Di Maria started the game, but despite some probing passes and darting runs, he could not illuminate United's path to goal against Sean Dyche's promoted side. (Daniel Agger leaves Liverpool)

Having seen his team beaten by Swansea City and held by Sunderland before being humiliated 4-0 by third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup, new United manager Louis van Gaal has now gone four competitive games without recording a win. (I am one of the World's best: Mesut Ozil)

United's frustrations were compounded in the last five minutes when Spanish playmaker Juan Mata had to go off after appearing to injure his hamstring.

Di Maria came into the United team in central midfield alongside Darren Fletcher and saw Burnley twice go close to taking the lead inside the first five minutes at a sunny Turf Moor.

Burnley's former United trainee Dave Jones curled a free-kick against the bar and visiting goalkeeper David de Gea then had to save alertly after Lukas Jutkiewicz seized on a miscued back-pass by Jonny Evans.

Di Maria produced his first moment of quality in a United shirt in the 15th minute with a raking 50-yard pass for Robin van Persie, who chested the ball down, only for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton to parry his shot.

Dave Jones worked De Gea from 25 yards at the other end, while United felt they should have been awarded a penalty after Burnley right-back Kieran Tripper appeared to push Ashley Young over in the area shortly before half-time.

Van Persie threatened twice for United around the hour, seeing a volleyed cleared off the line by Dean Marney and heading over, before Di Maria was replaced by Anderson with 20 minutes to play.

Van Gaal also sent Danny Welbeck into the fray, but with newly appointed England captain Wayne Rooney heading wide and Burnley substitute Ashley Barnes surviving a penalty-box handball claim, the Dutchman had to content himself with a point.

Later on Saturday, champions Manchester City host Stoke City, while the late game sees Chelsea visit Everton.

Elsewhere, Neil Warnock begins his second stint as Crystal Palace manager away to Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers welcome Sunderland to Loftus Road, Swansea host West Bromwich Albion, and Southampton visit West Ham United.

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