Later News Jan 13

Fans’ favourite scapegoat Pogba sends Manchester United top ahead of Liverpool clash


Barely a few months ago, Manchester United fans were baying for Paul Pogba to leave their club after the French midfielder’s agent, Mino Raiola, helped his client publicly send love notes to Real Madrid like they were teenage schoolboys.

 

But this morning (SGT), United fans were left thanking their lucky stars that Pogba decided to stay faithful to the Red Devils – for now, at least – as the 27-year-old scored the solitary goal in United’s 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

 

On another day, Pogba’s winning goal in the 71st minute might mean nothing more for United than just a scrappy three points against a team battling relegation.

 

This morning, however, the three points moved United to the top of the table – the first time since December 2012 that they have been top of the league after 17 games.

 

More significantly, it meant that United’s arch-rivals and reigning Premier League champions, Liverpool, were bumped down to second.

 

This also means that United fans now have bragging rights over their Liverpool counterparts from now to at least next Monday morning (SGT), when the two teams meet in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield.

 

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So, have at it, you long-suffering United fans – go tell your Liverpool supporting friends how you really feel about their club now.

 

Intriguingly, United’s last defeat on the road in the Premier League came at Anfield in January last year. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s last defeat at home in the league came nearly four years ago, in 2017.

 

It all sets the scene nicely then for a boring 0-0 draw on Monday, although United’s matchwinner Pogba believes the two teams will play out a “beautiful game”.

 

“We knew if we won (against Burnley) we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool,” said Pogba. “It will be a beautiful game for everyone…so let’s get ready for it. We have to keep calm, now it is the big moment. We will see what is going to happen.”

 

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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also sounded excited when talking about the upcoming match against Liverpool.

The Norwegian said: “We feel very confident going into games. Away from home we have really done well. We have to believe in ourselves and we do. We've done a great job, it's good times.

 

“It's a test on Sunday against the champions who have been fantastic, that's a great test for us.”

 

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