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Manchester United will travel to Anfield with a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, courtesy of Paul Pogba.
Paul Pogba scored the winning goal and Manchester United rose to the top of the Premier League by winning 1-0 at Burnley.
United needed just one point on Tuesday to overtake champion Liverpool ahead of the two teams’ decisive clash at Anfield this weekend.
But the resurgent Pogba converted a Marcus Rashford cross with 19 minutes to go to ensure United took three points away from their great rivals.
Burnley defended well but failed to get a single shot on goal, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team had a Harry Maguire goal in the first half disallowed.
Obtain. In. There.
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The hosts were close early on when Eric Bailly made a key block to deflect Chris Wood’s effort away from David de Gea’s goal.
Anthony Martial fired wide when Nemanja Matic gave him a presentable opportunity before the VAR took center stage.
After a lengthy review, Robbie Brady’s foul on Edinson Cavani just outside the box was disallowed and Luke Shaw was booked for a foul on Johann Gudmundsson early in the play, with Burnley calling for a red.
Maguire headed impressively off a Shaw cross only to be fouled for his duel with Erik Pieters. Nick Pope then impressively knocked out a martial curler to ensure the first half was goalless.
A golden opportunity was begging for after the break when Cavani launched a close-range effort directly at Burnley’s goalkeeper Pope after Martial crossed his path.
Rashford had been enduring a quiet night on the right until he picked Pogba on the edge of the penalty area just when it looked like United would have to settle for a draw.
Pogba held on to him and launched a magnificent volley, with a deflection from Matthew Lowton that ensured that Pope had no power to keep him out.
There were a couple of late scares for United, with James Tarkowski blowing an opportunity and Maguire not penalized amid handball claims, but they held on with only late injuries from Martial, who had a last-minute shot saved by Pope, and Nemanja Matic . moistening the mood.