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Pogba strike puts Man Utd top of the Premier League ahead of Liverpool showdown

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

Referee Kevin Friend ruled out a headed goal from United captain Harry Maguire in a VAR-dominated first half and the visitors were beginning to look frustrated before Pogba’s volleyed effort deflected in off Matt Lowton’s leg with 19 minutes remaining at Turf Moor.

James Tarkowski fluffed a golden chance to equalise for the Clarets before Anthony Martial had a shot denied by Nick Pope at the death and the Red Devils held onto their advantage to come away with all three points.

Solskjaer’s men are riding a outstanding run of form, having won nine of their last 11 matches, and they are now unbeaten in their last 15 games away from home.

The result ensures the Red Devils sit three points 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 manager.

Speaking to Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle, United’s matchwinner, Pogba said: ‘We know that the game today was very hard, very difficult and obviously we wanted to win.

‘We know it’s not easy to play here and we got the three points and we are happy for that.

‘But it’s still a long way and now we’re going to have to focus again until the end of the season.’

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