On Tuesday, Manchester United paid a visit to Turf Moor where they took on Burnley knowing that a point would be sufficient to propel them to the summit of the Premier League standings for the first time in 8 years as they took advantage of slip-ups by the rest of their fellow title contenders.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men started the game well and kept Burnley on the back foot for the majority of the first half. They thought they had scored when captain Harry Maguire headed in from a Like Shaw cross, but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build up. The first half ended with Burnley keeper, Nick Pope making a fine save to deny Manchester United striker, Anthony Martial. When the second half resumed, Burnley’s resistance was finally broken. Marcus Rashford received the ball on the left wing before sending a cross back to the edge of the box where Paul Pogba crashed in a volley through the keeper’s legs with the aid of a slight deflection. The lone goal was all Manchester United needed to win the game 1-0.
The win now moves Manchester United into first place on the standings, three points ahead of Liverpool in second place, who they face at the weekend at Anfield in what is a top of the table six pointer. Both teams will be looking to pick up the three points in what is the most open title race in a long time.