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Manchester United go clear at top after Paul Pogba volley sees off Burnley

Manchester United are top of the Premier League at this stage of the season for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign which they ended by claiming a 20th title.

For this they can thank Paul Pogba, the midfielder crowning a fine display with a sweet 71st-minute winner. This came when the Frenchman won an initial flick-on, the ball went to Bruno Fernandes and he found Marcus Rashford along the right. The No 10 crossed and there was Pogba to smash in a volley that beat Nick Pope via a Matthew Lowton deflection.

Victory means United go to 36 points and overtake Liverpool, with 33 – this having last been achieved after the same number of games when beating Sunderland 3-1 on 15 December 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The upturn in United’s fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjær is further underlined by the changed circumstances as they head to Anfield on Sunday: before last term’s corresponding fixture United were 27 points behind.

A delighted Solskjær stated that meeting will be difficult and praised Pogba. “He is a good character in the dressing room, he is always the one the lads look to and he’s a world champion of course. He’s at his best at the moment,” the manager said.

Pogba said: “I am always happy when I win and we are top [but] there is still a long way to go, there are big games coming up so we have to focus on that.”

Credit: The Guardian

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