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Manchester United got here away from Burnley with all three factors because of Paul Pogba’s...
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Manchester United got here away from Burnley with all three factors because of Paul Pogba’s deflected strike (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United top the Premier League desk after New Year’s Day for the first time since they final received the title in 2013, with Paul Pogba’s second-half strike securing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet victory at Burnley on Tuesday night time.

Referee Kevin Friend dominated out a headed purpose from United captain Harry Maguire in a VAR-dominated first half and the guests had been starting to look pissed off earlier than Pogba’s volleyed effort deflected in off Matt Lowton’s leg with 19 minutes remaining at Turf Moor.

James Tarkowski fluffed a golden probability to equalise for the Clarets earlier than Anthony Martial had a shot denied by Nick Pope at the demise and the Red Devils held onto their benefit to return away with all three factors.

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United midfielder Pogba discovered the web with 20 minutes remaining at Turf Moor (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer’s males are using a excellent run of kind, having received 9 of their final 11 matches, and they’re now unbeaten of their final 15 video games away from dwelling.

The consequence ensures the Red Devils sit three factors clear at the top of the English top flight ahead of their crunch match with second-placed Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

It’s the first time United have claimed top spot in January since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as supervisor.

Harry Maguire heads home in the first half at Turf Moor
Maguire had a purpose disallowed in the first half (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to Sky Sports shortly after the ultimate whistle, United’s matchwinner, Pogba mentioned: ‘We know that the recreation at this time was very onerous, very troublesome and clearly we wished to win.

‘We know it’s not straightforward to play right here and we bought the three factors and we’re completely happy for that.

‘But it’s nonetheless a great distance and now we’re going to need to focus once more till the finish of the season.’

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The France midfielder felt United had been robbed of a purpose earlier than the break after Maguire was adjudged to have shoved Erik Pieters in the again.

‘It’s not what I really feel, it was a purpose. For positive,’ Pogba mentioned.

‘He simply jumped earlier than, he headed it and it was a gorgeous purpose. Then the referee determined that which was type of unusual.

‘But we got the result we wanted so we have to be happy.’