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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels Manchester United are “getting better and better” after beating Burnley 1-0 on Tuesday to rise to the top of the Premier League.
Paul Pogba made the breakthrough at Turf Moor with 19 minutes remaining to leave United three points clear of Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash between bitter rivals.
It is the first time the Red Devils have topped this season since December 2012 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last campaign in charge.
United are heading to Anfield as the division’s only undefeated team in their travels this season, winning seven of eight, while further back they are 15 without losing away from home in the league.
And after seeing his team win for the ninth time in 11 unbeaten matches overall in the top flight, Solskjaer wants his team to face the reigning champions without fear.
“We are getting better and better. We are almost halfway through the season, but no one will remember the league table on January 12, “he told BBC Sport.
“We feel very confident going into the games. Away from home we have done really well. We have to believe in ourselves and we do.
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“We have done a great job, these are good times for us. It will be a test against the champions, who have been fantastic. It is a great test for us ”.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer added: “They have had three incredible seasons so we are ready for it.
“But we are ready and excited, we are hungry and it is a test of character and quality again. We are in a good position to do it. “
Despite their impressive road form, the clean sheet against Burnley was United’s first in their travels this season in the league, conceding 11 in their previous seven outings.
The visitors dominated a game in which their opponents failed to register a single goal attempt, although it looked like it could be a frustrating day until Pogba converted a cross from Marcus Rashford.
A couple of controversial calls from the VAR were against United in the first half, including Harry Maguire’s header which was nullified by a perceived challenge on Erik Pieters.
That made the final victory even more enjoyable for Solskjaer, even if the score was tighter than he would have liked.
“The frustrations were there for everyone to see; they affected our performance,” he said. “We cannot allow that to happen. Harry’s aim was perfectly good. Half time helped us. We came out very well in the second half and we deserved the victory.
“I prefer to win 4-0, it is much more comfortable. With 1-0 you have to see one or two great moments. They linked us, that’s what you hope. But we put our body on the line, of course the mindset is improving. I am very satisfied with the spirit. “
Pogba’s last seven Premier League goals have all been away from home, and this latest goal has brought his season tally to four in all competitions.
“I’ve always said that Paul is a great player for us,” Solskjaer said. “He’s a good character in the locker room, someone the guys look for, a world champion.
“We’re seeing the best of Paul right now – he’s been injured and he’s had COVID, so it’s natural to have to get back in shape after that.”