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The Red Devils took three points away from the Premier League champions with a win at Burnley, setting up Sunday’s clash at Anfield to perfection.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says this weekend’s trip to Liverpool will be a “great test” of his team’s title ambitions after Tuesday’s victory at Burnley saw them outperform their greats. rivals to the top of the table.
A 71-minute goal from Paul Pogba was enough to give United a valiant 1-0 victory at Turf Moor and put them three points clear on top.
It is the first time United have topped the table at this stage of the season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, raising hopes of a sustained title challenge.
Next is a trip to Anfield, where Manchester United have not won since March 2016. However, Solskjaer says his team can go there with confidence.
“We are looking forward to it, we enjoy being where we are at any moment,” he told reporters.
“Right now we are where we are, we go there knowing that we are playing with the best team in the country for a mile in the last year and a half, they are champions by right.
“We are looking forward to it and it is a great test of where we are against a good team.
“We are getting better and better. We are almost halfway through the season and it’s a small indication of where we are, but no one will remember the league standings on January 12. “
Reflecting on Burnley’s game, Solskjaer said he was pleased with the way his team showed spirit to fight to victory, particularly when some key decisions by the referees were against him in the first half.
“The frustrations were there for everyone to see and affected our performances,” added the Norwegian. “We can’t let that happen, we just have to accept from time to time the decisions go against us.
“I would rather win 4-0 because it is much more comfortable towards the end. In 1-0 you have to see great moments and we did it. We were a bit lucky, you expect it here at Turf Moor. They put bodies in the box but we stuck our heads in like Luke [Shaw] did. I am very satisfied with the spirit. “