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Solskjær & Pogba react to going top of the league

Manchester United are top of the Premier League after the turn of the year for the first time since 2013 – the clubs last title winning season.

Burnley’s constant kicking and unlawful play seemed to have got to United in the first half and couple of contentious decisions that went against Solskjær’s side made it hard for the Reds to form any kind of consistent play before the break.

A terrific second half, with Paul Pogba being the difference maker once gain, ensured that United won all three points from a cagey affair at Turf Moor.

“It was a goal, it was a goal for sure,” Pogba said on the ridiculous decision to rule out Maguire’s first-half header. “It was a beautiful goal and the referee decided it was not, a strange decision.”

“For sure [there’s a lot to be happy about]. We know 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 are happy for that.

“[There’s] still a long way and we’re going to have to focus again until the end of the season.

“Obviously it’s [dealing with VAR] hard but we have to be professional. We have to know that it’s not going to be easy and the decision of the referee, which, for me, I didn’t agree [with]. But I’m not the boss, he’s the boss on the pitch.

“You can see that the game was going both ways, it’s very hard to play here. They [Burnley] have a style of play, very strong and we knew it would be difficult. We had to keep our heads calm and just focus on ourselves.

“I’m always happy when I win – today we won and I’m happy we play well. Still a long way to go and we have big games to go so we have to focus on that.”

The manager echoed Pogba’s claims that Harry Maguire’s goal should have stood and it’s hard to blame him.

“Definitely not a foul by Harry [Maguire] for his goal,” Solskjær said after guiding United to top of the Premier League table. “If you can’t jump and head it in like this, I don’t believe it’s anywhere near a foul.”

“I’ve always said Paul [Pogba] is a big, big player for us. He’s a good character in the dressing room. He’s always one that the lads look too. He’s a world champion of course.

“We’re seeing the best of Paul [Pogba] I feel. Getting better and better every game. He’s been injured and had Covid. It’s just natural that he needed some time to get fit.”

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