Manchester United have gone top of the Premier League table ahead of rivals Liverpool. United beat Burnley on Tuesday night to go three points clear ahead of their clash at Anfield on Sunday. Paul Pogba’s goal was the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 win at Turf Moor.
The result takes the Red Devils top at this stage of the season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out with the league title in 2012/13.
The video assistant referee provided the main talking point of a tense opening period, with last man Robbie Brady avoiding sanction for bringing down Edinson Cavani due to a Luke Shaw foul in the build-up.
The left-back, who was booked for his hefty challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, soon swung in a cross that Harry Maguire headed home from an acute angle, only to be ruled out for an apparent foul on Erik Pieters.
The United captain was furious that the decision was not reviewed and his side flew out of the blocks in the second half.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side completely controlled proceedings and Pogba came up trumps in the 71st minute, firing home at end of a move he started via a slight Matthew Lowton deflection.
After the game, Solskjaer said it was a “brilliant position to be in” going to Anfield as the league leaders.
“We know we are going to the champions,” he added.
“They have had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons, so we know that is going to be a difficult game for us.
Sunday, January 17
Aston Villa vs Everton (12pm)
Sheffield United vs Tottenham (2pm)
Liverpool vs Man Utd (4.30pm)
Man City vs Crystal Palace (7.15pm)
Monday, January 18
Arsenal vs Newcastle (8pm)