Published: Wed, January 13, 2021
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Paul Pogba 'at his best' as Manchester United go top - Solskjaer

Paul Pogba 'at his best' as Manchester United go top - Solskjaer

Neville's underwhelming commentary didn't go down too well with United fans who slammed the Sky Sports pundit for his performance on Tuesday.

"It's been a really hard few years and there's been times when Manchester United have looked a million miles away from the top of the league so to be top and three points clear of a really good Liverpool side in January isn't something that was expected". "We are in good shape, good form, hungry, these boys want to get better and that's a test again".

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with the crucial victory over Burnley but it's likely he would've appreciated the bigger picture even more. Another win at the weekend will take United six points clear of their traditional rivals and confirm, if it were needed, that Solskjaer's team are firmly in the hunt for the title.

And if Pogba can finally produce consistent displays worthy of the then world record fee United paid for the Frenchman in 2016, there is reason for Solskjaer to believe he can end the club's eight-year wait for a league title. "He's getting better and better every game". But against a dogged Burnley team determined to make it tough for Solskjaer's side, United kept their patience and chiselled away until Pogba broke the deadlock in the closing stages.

Ruben Neves' volley in the 14th minute canceled out Alex Iwobi's first league goal for 17 months, in the sixth minute, in a lively start to the match at Molineux.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand loved the strike. A weird sequence of events which began with referee Kevin Friend waving play on after a Luke Shaw challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson was quickly followed by a foul on Edinson Cavani at the other end. But because the Shaw incident came first, Brady was let off the hook.

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"We knew if we won tonight we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool".

"We adapted really well to the characteristics of the players we had", said Ancelotti.

Pogba has now scored 27 Premier League goals for United, but this was only the third time one of them has decided a game where the margin has been one goal. "He's a good character in the dressing room, he's someone the lads look to, he's a world champion". That's how we improve, that's how we get better. They delivered at Burnley, though, and did what they had to do. Today was a difficult game and it's going to be harder and harder.

"We had to keep calm and focussed and we did this, we did well". We will see what is going to happen.

"It will be a lovely game for everyone", said Pogba.

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