Man Utd go top with win at Burnley


Paul Pogba’s goal against Burnley was just his second in the Premier League this season

Paul Pogba’s second-half volley was enough to give Manchester United victory at Burnley and send them three points clear at the top of the Premier League.

United dominated a contest in which Burnley failed to register a single shot on target until stoppage time.

But they were struggling to make a breakthrough until Marcus Rashford picked Pogba out with an excellent cross to the edge of the area.

The Frenchman’s connection was perfect, although it took a deflection off Matthew Lowton to ensure the ball went past Nick Pope and into the Burnley net.

Although Burnley had three decent chances in a frantic ending, United secured the win to head the table after 17 rounds of matches.

It is the first time that has happened this many games into the season since December 2012, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final, title-winning campaign.

New territory for post-Ferguson United

In the seven seasons since Ferguson retired, United have never been higher than second at this stage of the season.

But they were already well adrift of Manchester City during that 2017-18 campaign under Jose Mourinho.

Surprisingly, in points terms, the nearest they have been to the top at this stage was under David Moyes, when they were eighth but only eight points behind the leaders after 17 games.

They made hard work of their ninth win in 11 Premier League games. On his return from a three-match ban, Edinson Cavani wasted two excellent chances and Bruno Fernandes fired a first-half effort straight at Nick Pope.

Anthony Martial was off target with two first-half chances before failing to convert in the final seconds after he had been sent clean through.

None of this matters now though and, while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to say nobody remembers what the table looks like in January, Pogba’s clenched fist as Burnley’s last chance went begging indicated the importance of these three points.

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Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

  5. Squad number23Player namePieters

  6. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  9. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  10. Squad number9Player nameWood

  11. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  1. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  3. Squad number27Player nameVydra

Manchester United

  1. Man Utd go top with win at BurnleySquad number11Player nameGreenwood
  2. Man Utd go top with win at BurnleySquad number38Player nameTuanzebe
  3. Man Utd go top with win at BurnleySquad number39Player nameMcTominay

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 18WestwoodBooked at 62mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 12BradySubstituted forMcNeilat 65′minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forVydraat 80′minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forRodriguezat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
  • 41Benson

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 3Bailly
  • 5Maguire
  • 23ShawBooked at 32mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 31Matic
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 80′minutes
  • 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcTominayat 89′minutes
  • 9MartialSubstituted forTuanzebeat 90+5′minutes
  • 7Cavani

Substitutes

  • 8Mata
  • 11Greenwood
  • 17Fred
  • 21James
  • 26Henderson
  • 27Telles
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 39McTominay

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