Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic key as Manchester United go top

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic key as Manchester United go top

Despite continued speculation over his future, Pogba has played an increasingly important role in United's first serious title challenge since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

The central defender's 77th-minute header at the far post lifted Everton back into the top four, four points behind new leader Manchester United.

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walks to the pitch prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Manchester United in Burnley, England, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. "We are in good shape, good form, hungry, these boys want to get better and that's a test again".

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.

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.

Nights when the French midfielder made a match-winning contribution in a big game which resulted in the club moving to the top of the Premier League table.

Solskjaer went on to praise Sean Dyche's side before crediting Pogba for a "well executed finish".

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Solskjaer insisted back then that his players would need time to get going and he's since been proven right. He [Maguire] jumped before, he headed it, it was a attractive goal.

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.

"But when you look at Man United, the improvement from them certainly defensively".

"We knew if we won tonight we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool". If this is the start of something along those lines, it could be the difference between United being title challengers and a team that can actually go and win it. "He's a good character in the dressing room, he's someone the lads look to, he's a world champion". They delivered at Burnley, though, and did what they had to do. We will see what is going to happen.

"It's hard but you have to be professional", said Pogba to Sky Sports when asked if VAR proved unsettling to the United players.

"It will be a lovely game for everyone".

This time, the visitors came away back in the top four after a fifth win in six games to underline their progress.

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