23 clearances, 17 duels won: Burnley star excels in United draw

Burnley drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday, and one defender in particular shone for Sean Dyche's team.

Burnley's 0-0 draw with Manchester United was very much a team affair.

Sean Dyche's players excelled throughout and their passion and teamwork was clear for all to see.  But while for many David Jones was the man-of-the-match, a 30-year-old defender was the undoubted unsung hero of arguably the performance of the day.

Jason Shackell made a total of 23 effective clearances during the match - 14 with his feet and nine with his head.  He also won 10 duels, seven aerial duels and one interception.

In short he was gargantuan and a huge reason that United failed to score the single goal that would have won them the game.

Shackell's fellow defenders also impressed, with Ben Mee regularly thwarting Antonio Valencia's efforts to carve out chances from the right wing and both Kieran Trippier and Michael Duff putting their bodies in the line of fire time and time again.

But it was Shackell who deserves the majority of the plaudits for a set of statistics that prove just why he was the thorn in United's side all afternoon.

  Won TackleEffective ClearanceEffective Head ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterception WonMins
Michael Duff 1 4 2 3 1 3 90
Ben Mee 1 8 6 5 1 2 90
Jason Shackell 1 14 9 10 7 1 90
Kieran Trippier 0 3 3 7 3 0 90

Shackell will be called on to repeat his heroics on many more occasions as Burnley attempt to remain in a league that is all the better for their presence.

Their players have heart, talent and focus, while their manager is one of the most exciting young bosses in the game today.

In Shackell, Burnley have a player who represents Dyche on the pitch; a warrior who goes about his job quietly and skillfully.  

One thing is for sure, United's front-line will be glad to see the back of him.

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