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Solskjaer not carried away as Man Utd top Premier League table


Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to be carried away after his team took charge of the top spot of the Premier League.

Paul Pogba’s stunner from a spot-on cross from Marcus Rashford was the difference as United defeated Burnley 1-0 at the Turf Moor on Tuesday night as they moved to number one on the log for the first time in three years.

While the PL approaches mid-season, Solskjaer feels it is too early to get excited about his team being number one at the moment.

“We’re almost halfway through the season so it’s a little bit of an indication of where you’re at,” Solskjaer said.

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“But no-one will remember the league table on the 12th of January.”

The Red Devils face a daunting task at Anfield this weekend against their archrivals Liverpool who are three points on their tail.

“We’re looking forward to it. Of course, you enjoy being where we are at any time. If it’s the first game or the last game, it’s a big, big difference.

“But at the moment we are where we are. We’re going to go in there knowing that we play against the team that’s been by a mile the best in the country for the last year and a half.

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“They’re champions by right and we’re looking forward to it and it’s a great test of where we’re at against a good team.”

Fortunes have turned for Solskjaer’s men who started the season with a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, 1-0 loss to Arsenal and 6-1 thumping at the hands of their former manager, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

Liverpool last lost at home in April 2017 and should United break the streak, they will strengthen their charge to end their seven-year trophy drought since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Their best performance in the league since the post-Fergie era came in 2017-18 when Jose Mourinho’s men finished 19 points behind Manchester City.

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“Brilliant position to be in,” the Norwegian manager told Sky Sports after the hard-fought victory at Turf Moor. “We know we’re going to the champions, they’ve had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’re ready for it. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to play them.

“We’re in good shape, good form and we’re hungry. That’s a 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.”