Manchester United maintained their unbeaten away form at Turf More to claim the top spot in the Premier League table. The Red Devils are seeing themselves at the top after the first 17 games in the league. They now have 3 points lead over Liverpool.
Manchester United took on Burnley for all three points yesterday. In the first few minutes, Burnley was dominating the game. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man quickly adapts to the situation and dominate the game afterward. The first half ends in a 0-0 draw with some VAR controversies. Harry Maguire’s goal was disallowed as well.
In the second half, Manchester United started to ask more questions to the home team. In the 71st minute, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba broke the deadlock with an excellent volley from Marcus Rashford’s cross.
After the game, 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. We got the three points and we’re happy about that but there’s still a long way and now we focus again until the end of the season.”
“I’m always happy when I win – today we won and I’m happy we play well. Still, a long way to go and we have big games to go so we have to focus on that.”
The French midfielder also admitted that the decision made by the VAR and officials went against them yesterday. He said, “Obviously it’s hard but you have to be professional and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the decision of the referee which I didn’t agree with.” “But I’m not the boss on the pitch so we just have to keep calm and keep focused and of course we scored and won the game.”
On Maguire’s disallowed goal he said, “It was a goal for sure – I don’t know what happened. It was a beautiful goal and the referee decided that it was not. It was a strange decision but we got the result we wanted so we’re happy.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also disappointed with the VAR decisions. Ole said, “You’ve got to calm them down at half-time because emotions are running high because they disagree with the things that happen out there.”
“So, we have to take back control and we played really well in the second half and we held out at the end.”
“I’ve not watched any of the decisions so I can’t really say. Might’ve been a foul by Luke apparently so that’s probably the right decision, definitely not a foul for Harry for his goal. If you can’t jump and head it in like this, I don’t believe that’s anywhere near a foul. Delighted with the response after a bit of a tough first half-hour.”
The Norweigan also delighted with Paul Pogba’s performance. He said, “I’ve always said Paul is a big player for us, he’s a good character in the dressing room, he’s someone the lads look to, he’s a world champion.”
“We’re seeing the best of Paul at the moment – he’s been injured and he’s had COVID so it’s natural to need to get back to fitness after that.”
Manchester United are now top of the Premier League table after the new year for the first time since 2013. That was the last season of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United went on to lift the title that season.
The Red Devils will face the defending champion, Liverpool, on Sunday. But Solskjaer is hoping to get a good result from Anfield as well.
He said, “Of course we know we’re going to the champions. They’ve had an unbelievable three seasons so we’re ready for it.”
“But we’re ready and we’re excited, we’re hungry for it and it’s a test of character and quality again. We’re in a good position going into it.”