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West Ham did take the lead midway through the opening periof though when Michael Duff brought down Cheikhou Kouyate in the penalty box, resulting in a spot kick for the hosts, which Mark Noble converted, as well as a red card for the Burnley defender

The home side could have opened the scoring 10 minutes in when Aaron Lennon was brought down in the box, giving Everton a penalty, but Ross Barkley’s spot kick lacked power, leaving Tom Heaton with a comfortable save

Burnley have shown that they are capable of fighting for their place in the top flight in recent weeks, following up a win over Manchester City last month, with a goalless draw against Spurs, but they were narrowly beaten by Arsenal last weekend

City, meanwhile, remain five points behind Chelsea at the top of the table, having played two games more, and their season now arguably hangs on their return leg against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday

Both teams are in vital need of the points for their respective causes as City pursue Chelsea at the top of the table and the Clarets aim for an unlikely survival campaign

The Blues took a 1-0 lead and looked to be on course for their 13th home victory of the season until Nemanja Matic was shown a straight red card in the 70th minute and Burnley capitalised with 10 minutes remaining

New boy, Di Maria, was one of the few bright sparks for United on his debut as chances were at a premium before van Persie saw a second-half effort blocked on the line by Dean Marney