Solskjaer delighted for Man Utd matchwinner Pogba

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2021

He said: 'You've got to calm them down at half-time because emotions are running high because they disagree with the things that happen out there so we have to take back control and we played really well in the second half and we held out at the end'.

'We couldn't have asked for a better time to go there.

Paul Pogba's deflected strike earned United a hard-fought 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday to move three points clear of Liverpool, who have failed to win in their last three league games. Eight weeks ago, they were probably everybody's absolute certainties to win the league.

The great Alex Ferguson was still in charge the last time United led the standings this deep into a league campaign. He's a good character in the dressing room, he's always one that the lads look to, he's a world champion of course and we're seeing the best of Paul at the moment.

Solskjaer believes United are "in a good position" going into the game against the reigning champions - having claimed a "hard-fought three points" against Burnley on Tuesday.

The manner of victory against a Burnley side that had not lost at home since October also suggests United have the ability of champions to grind out a result when they need to.

Shaw, who was booked for his hefty challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, soon swung in a cross that Harry Maguire headed home from an acute angle, only for it to be ruled out for a push by Maguire on Erik Pieters as he climbed.

"We're ready, we're excited, we're hungry for it", Solskjaer said, "and it's a test of character and quality again".

The visitors upped the pressure in the second-half and got their reward 19 minutes from time when Pogba's volley from Marcus Rashford's cross deflected off Matt Lowton and through the legs of Nick Pope to head to Anfield leading Liverpool.

Everton won despite being without 14-goal top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin and fellow forward Richarlison because of injury.

Ruben Neves' volley in the 14th minute canceled out Alex Iwobi's first league goal for 17 months, in the sixth minute, in a lively start to the match at Molineux.

"We adapted really well to the characteristics of the players we had", said Ancelotti.

A 1-0 victory over 10-man Newcastle was secured by Billy Sharp's 73rd-minute penalty and came as a huge relief for Chris Wilder's side, which is still in last place - on just five points and nine points from safety - but at least has a glimmer of hope of staying up now.

"We knew if we won tonight we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool".

The Magpies could yet find themselves dragged into a relegation battle as they remain eight points above the drop zone in 15th, but have played two games more than Fulham in 18th.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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