Burnley vs Man United: Pogba strike lifts United to top

Paul Pogba’s thunderous strike against Burnley on Wednesday saw Manchester United go three points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The win at Turf Moor saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games and move atop the PL for the first time this late in a campaign since December 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The home side stood tall for the entire first half and managed to keep Manchester United attacks at bay. The team went into halftime without opening the scoresheet. It was just before halftime that Nick Pope parried away an Anthony Martial shot. Early Maguire’s header was denied due to an offside.

VAR ruled a foul on Johann Gudmundsson by Luke Shaw and the latter was shown a yellow card, canceling a caution to Burnley’s Robbie Brady at the other end for a foul on Edinson Cavani.

It was Frenchman Paul Pogba who broke the deadlock in the 71st minute with a venomous volley to send the ball past Pope. Pogba rocketed the goal from a Marcus Rashford assist with a first touch. It was the midfielder’s first goal in all competitions in his last eight games.

Pogba said post-match, “We know that the game today was very hard, very difficult and obviously we wanted to win. We know it’s not easy to play here. We got the three points and we’re happy for that, but there’s still a long way and now we focus again until the end of the season.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports, “When you get three points in the Premier League it makes you smile. It was a hard-fought three points; it always is up here.”

“Paul [Pogba] is a big player for us, he’s a character in the dressing room, is always one that the lads look to, he’s a world champion. We’re seeing the best of Paul at the moment; he’s getting better and better every game,” he added.