Five things we learned from Manchester United's draw with Burnley

Burnley FC - Turf Moor

Manchester United failed to win again today after their 0-0 draw with Burnley, but what did we learn about Louis van Gaal's side?

Manchester United remain without a Premier League win this season after a 0-0 draw with Burnley this afternoon.

Following a defeat to Swansea City on the opening day and a draw with Sunderland last week left Louis van Gaal with just one point from his first two Premier League games in charge of the Red Devils, and today's trip to Turf Moor didn't improve matters.

A goalless draw saw United pick up a point against the newly promoted Clarets, but what did we learn about van Gaal's men this afternoon?

United's crossing has to improve

United CrossesThis was an issue for United under David Moyes, and it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same in this case. United put in 30 crosses today, completing only three - as seen on the image above - as Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young continue to be wasteful down the flanks. The service in to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie wasn't good enough, and van Gaal has to be concerned that that the lack of quality in to the box. The arrival of Angel di Maria may improve things, but United certainly need Luke Shaw or Daley Blind down the left to supply the front line.

Right wing back could more of an issue than first thought

So far, fans and pundits have been crying out for United to sign central defenders and central midfielders, but right wing back may need to be added to the ever growing list of positions that United need to strengthen. Antonio Valencia featured there again but turned in a dreadful display, and with Rafael largely out of the picture of the last 12 months, it may be a position of concern for van Gaal. Could a bid for Juan Cuadrado be back on the cards before Monday's transfer deadline?

Angel Di Maria possesses the quality that United need

Whilst it was far from Angel Di Maria's finest display of his career, he flashed the ability that United have been desperate for in midfield. Full of running and energy as ever, Di Maria got forward well and even occupied a deep lying playmaker role at times, which included a stunning long pass to Robin van Persie, but the Dutchman couldn't beat Clarets stopper Ben Heaton.

United still need a holding midfielder

Whilst Di Maria had a decent game, he was too often bombing forward alongside Juan Mata, leaving Darren Fletcher exposed in the middle of the park.The likes of William Carvalho and Nigel de Jong have been linked with late transfer window moves from Sporting Lisbon and AC Milan respectively, and both possess the physicality and defensive awareness to protect the United back four.

An experienced centre back is STILL needed

Marcos Rojo should play well as a left sided centre back, but Jonny Evans struggled once again today, showing that United still need a top class centre back in the heart of their defence to replace the departed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. Missing out on Mehdi Benatia looks like a terrible transfer blunder now, with few defender of his ilk available with just two days to go until the transfer deadline.

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