For the first time since August 2018, Manchester United tops the table in the Premier League. That after Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men beat Burnley away on Tuesday.
This means that United are now up to 36 points after 17 league games and are three points ahead of Liverpool who stand with 33 points. The two teams meet at Anfield on Sunday.
Paul Pogba became the big hero for the away team with his goal in the second half.
The star has had a turbulent United career, with many rumors of a possible transfer to both Juventus and Real Madrid, but lately he has played great for the club.
Journalist James Robson points out, however, that Pogba has lost much of his luster among many fans and that more want him away from the club after the season.
– Pogba seems to be thriving again. United fans can rightly ask themselves why they have not seen more of this – and many of them still want to get rid of him this summer. But in this form, he can quickly have a say in the team in the second half of the season, he writes on Twitter.
Bruno Fernandes miss
It was a rather fragmented first half at Turf Moor, where the referee team came into focus more than the big goal chances, even though both teams had their opportunities.
The hosts in front first and in the seventh minute Ashley Westwood won a duel in the box and got the head down to namesake Ashley Barnes. But in a duel with Harry Maguire, they were just about to get the Burnley striker to poke the ball into the net.
About 20 minutes were played when Anthony Martial introduced himself. The Frenchman tried a brass variant after foreplay by Bruno Fernandes, but it was blocked.
Shortly afterwards, the home team got their biggest chance in the round. Fernandes lost the ball in his own half and the ball was sent to Chris Wood. The striker fired from 14 yards out, but Eric Bailly got on the ball and steered it just outside.
After just under half an hour, there was a VAR bonanza. First Luke Shaw went hard against Johann Berg Gudmundsson on one half of the field, before Robbie Brady left Edinson Cavani on the ground at the other end of the field illegally.
Both VAR and the referee assessed the situation and came to the conclusion that the first zeroed the second and thus it ended with a yellow card to Shaw after much though.
Burnley were given a gift! The referee had no alternative but to show him another yellow card and send him from the pitch. The next attempt went to Brady, who hit it into the box, but past everyone.
Maguire goal canceled
In the 36th minute, Maguire thought he had sent United in the lead. But while the stopper was celebrating by going down on his knees, the message came that the goal had been canceled.
The TV pictures showed that Maguire used his arms in the duel at the back post and although this often happens in the Premier League, the referees chose to crack it down this time.
Just before the break, Martial was close to scoring. The Frenchman clinked from a distance and the ball had a good direction, but goalkeeper Nick Pope was averted to the corner.
Thus, it was 0-0 after the first 45 minutes in Burnley.
Manchester United took the initiative in the match after the break and although Burnley in the usual way worked well defensively, the hosts now created little forward.
The guests from Manchester created some dangers now and then, and Edinson Cavani got a couple of good opportunities to net during the round.
After about 70 minutes, Paul Pogba got through on the right and was very close to equalizing for the home side, but didn’t get the shot away. Marcus Rashford got the ball out on the right and found Pogba at the 16-meter mark. The Frenchman hit on half volley and put the ball in goal via an opponent.
Burnley woke up a bit after the goal and created two good opportunities towards the end of the match, but United kept away and got all the points.
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