Paul Pogba takes Man United top with win at Burnley

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 13, 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Manchester United's trip to Liverpool could not have come at a better time after moving top of the Premier League for the first time since 2017.

"It looked like we got our identity back", said Wilder.

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The win came at the 18th time of asking for Chris Wilder's side, which is still in last place - on just five points and nine points from safety - but there's at least a glimmer of hope of staying up for a team that was challenging for the European positions for much of last season. It gave United a three-point lead over Liverpool heading into their meeting at Anfield on Sunday.

"I'm happy we are playing well and happy we are at the top, but there is a long way to go and we have big games coming up".

"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", Solskjaer said.

It was a slog against Burnley, as it often is at Turf Moor, with the hosts defending diligently before being undone by a cruel piece of fortune in the 71st minute.

Pogba met a cross from Marcus Rashford with a first-time effort from the edge of the box that deflected off Burnley defender Matt Lowton and through the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope in the 71st.

At the other end of the table, Sheffield United ended a 20-game winless league run as Billy Sharp's penalty earned a 1-0 victory over 10-man Newcastle.

"I thought we were in control and confident on the ball and it was a deserved win".

Solskjaer believes United are "in a good position" going into the game against the reigning champions - having claimed a "hard-fought three points" against Burnley on Tuesday.

Six months later, they returned to Molineux and won 2-1 to climb into fourth place - the final Champions League qualification spot - and make it five victories from six games.

The last time Everton visited Wolverhampton, it lost 3-0 in July to drop to 11th place in the league and prompt a furious response from manager Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned his players' spirit in what he described as an "unacceptable" display.

This despite being deprived of 14-goal top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was out with a hamstring injury, and fellow forward Richarlison.

The Toffees took an early lead when Alex Iwobi converted Lucas Digne's cross but were pegged back when Ruben Neves levelled for Wolves.

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