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Gary Neville encourages Manchester United fans to ‘get carried away’ after going top of Premier League


Gary Neville has encouraged Manchester United to “get carried away” after they went top of the Premier League on Tuesday.

United’s 1-0 win over Burnley sent them three points clear of last year’s champions Liverpool and top of the Premier League table for the first time since their winning season in 2012/13 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Neville, a Sky Sports pundit and former United right-back, was shocked to see United unexpectedly go above Liverpool in the table following their slow start to the season and told fans to believe in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

He told Sky Sports: “I don’t think anyone is saying Manchester United will win the league but the fact that they are in a title fight… wow. I never would have imagined it.

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“It’s a strange season. Why shouldn’t Manchester United fans believe? Why shouldn’t this side believe? Look at the front three, look at that midfield four, look at Bruno Fernandes – they have some fantastic players.

“The other teams aren’t in great form. Man City are sitting there cool and calm, nobody is really talking about them, but they are hitting very good form and that is a real danger. But in the next few days it is time to have a little bit of fun. It won’t be a comfortable few days for Liverpool.”

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If United win at Anfield on Sunday in what is set to be a heated clash, they could end this week six points ahead of the champions.

Their away victory last weekend was sealed with Paul Pogba’s volley in the 71st minute, while Burnley had no shots on target.

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While Neville is aware there is a long way to go this season, he has actively encouraged United fans to dream following a tough couple of season.

“We know full well how quickly this season has turned around,” Neville added. “But it shouldn’t stop Manchester United fans get carried away in the next few days.

“Why shouldn’t they? It’s been a really difficult few years and there have been times when Manchester United have looked a million miles away from the top of the league. So to be top of the league, three points clear of a really good Liverpool side, in January, isn’t expected.”

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