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Sport Manchester United is top of the Premier League after New Year for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired

13:38  13 january  2021
13:38  13 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Michael Carrick, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer standing on a football field: Paul Pogba scored the only goal as United beat Burnley on Tuesday. Getty/Matthew Peters © Getty/Matthew Peters Paul Pogba scored the only goal as United beat Burnley on Tuesday. Getty/Matthew Peters
  • Manchester United is top of the English Premier League in January for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
  • Paul Pogba scored the only goal as United beat Burnley on Tuesday to send the club three points ahead of reigning champion Liverpool.
  • United face Liverpool on Sunday in a huge tie.
  • "Now it is the big moment," Pogba said of the upcoming clash with Jurgen Klopp's side. "It's a big game coming up so let's get ready for it."
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Manchester United is top of the English Premier League in January for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday night.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was the man who masterminded the triumph in the inaugural Premier League season, in 1992/93. That title set a new record for the English top flight of 19 in total, but United were made to wait for the 20th after missing out in the 2011/12 season by the most agonising of

Man Utd go top after beating Burnley. Sheffield United pick up first league win. United are top of the Premier League table after the turn of the year for the first time since In the seven seasons since Ferguson retired , United have never been higher than second at this stage of the season.

Paul Pogba scored the only goal in an otherwise drab affair at Burnley's Turf Moor to hand his side victory and move it three points ahead of reigning champion Liverpool.

The last time United found itself at the top of the table after the New Year was in the last of Ferguson's 26 seasons in charge of the club in 2012/13, when it went on to win the title.

"When you get three points in the Premier League, it always makes you smile. It was a hard-fought three points though, it always is up here," Solskjaer said after his team's win.

"We've had a knack of getting the result over the line. And even though it could have been more comfortable at the end, because I thought we played really well in the second half and we should have had a second or third goal, still you can see the spirit and how much it means to the boys when we defended that ball at the end."

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Manchester United have played 207 Premier League matches since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-2013 season. Now, for the fourth time in less than six years , they are looking for a new manager. It is a remarkable situation given United used to be the template

Twenty years ago Manchester United lost 3- 1 to Southampton. Sir Alex Ferguson made his side Twenty years ago Manchester United famously changed their kit at half- time in a Premier League Two days after the debacle at the Dell the shirt was retired , never to be worn again as United , in

United next go head-t0-head with title rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, a clash for which Solskjaer has said his players are more than ready.

"Of course we know we're going to the champions, they've had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons so we know that's going to be a difficult game for us but we're ready for it," he said.

"I think we couldn't have asked for a better time to play them, because we're in good shape, in good form, we're hungry - that's the big thing, these boys are hungry. They want to get better and that's a test again, a test of character and a test of quality."

Pogba and Matic are ready to rise to the occasion

Pogba, whose recent good form has been played huge part in United's ascension to the top of the table, told BBC Sport: "We knew if we won tonight we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool.

"We have to keep calm, now it is the big moment. We will see what is going to happen. It will be a beautiful game for everyone. It's a big game coming up so let's get ready for it."

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Sir Alex Ferguson retired but where would their 66 points put them at this stage in other years ? Manchester United have spent 10 days top since Sir Alex Ferguson left Leicester currently have 66 points after 31 games in the Premier League have spent 97 days top of the Barclays Premier League this season.

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Midfielder Nemanja Matic likened the upcoming clash with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool to a cup final.

"We played 17 games [and] we are top of the table. That shows something," he told the club's website. "We didn't play five or six games and you can say maybe it's lucky. But after 17 games, definitely it is not lucky, definitely there is quality.

"But we cannot relax, we need to be concentrated until the end - to go game by game. In football, the next one is always important; the next one is the biggest final, and we will see."

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