BACK on the top and ready for the big one.
Paul Pogba’s thumping 71st minute volley at Burnley implies Manchester United take a trip to Anfield on Sunday three points ahead of champs Liverpool and ready for a title tussle.
The 2 most effective club’s in English football history combating it out for the greatest domestic reward again.
They have 39 titles between them, United on 20, however Liverpool are the holders.
Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emulate Sir Alex Ferguson and knock them off their perch again?
Obviously, Manchester City will have their say come the final numeration.
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After going peaceful at the start of the season the neighbours are loud once again.
However United are showing the sort of consistency that makes champs.
This is 11 league video games unbeaten and 9 of them wins after victory here at Ice Station Grass Moor.
They can win well, and they can dig in and battle as they had to on Tuesday night.
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It was clear from the start that Burnley were out to obstruct and irritate and normally break United up, but the visitors never gave up and got their reward.
It was tough for extended periods and Edinson Cavani was getting especially irritated on his very first game after a three-match suspension.
He was at the centre of the very first half’s most controversial moment when he burst through but was transported down by Robbie Brady.
The referee provided a complimentary kick simply outside the location however as the last male should a red card not follow for Brady?
But wait, back at the other end referee Kevin Buddy had actually missed Luke Shaw following through on Johann Gudmundson.
So if that was a nasty it negated the Cavani event and after seeing various replays he chose appropriately that it was and Shaw was lucky to simply be booked.
United’s frustrations grew when it looked like they were harshly rejected an objective in the 38th minute.
Shaw, who was constantly up and down that left flank, provided the cross, Harry Maguire rose at the far post and headed back past the goalkeeper and into the far leading corner.
United commemorated but their happiness was temporary as Maguire was adjudged to have actually fouled Erik Pieters as he increased.
However to get the header in it was difficult not to reach the static Burnley player.
So United went once again.
Anthony Martial, peaceful for most of the half, tried to make a development right before the interval with a curling shot to the far top corner which Nick Pope tipped away.
United stayed on the front foot and were much more dominant in the 2nd half with some slick one-touch football.
One sweeping move from back to front ended when Cavani scuffed his possibility.
Fernandes had 2 goes from outside the location but both were directly at the goalkeeper.
Burnley were getting the job done they were asked, United might not find the cutting edge to finish some fine build-up play.
Then Pogba stepped in. He had actually been running the show second-half and began and ended up the relocate to make the breakthrough.
Leaping to win a header simply over half method he then triggered to the edge of the area as Fernandes found Rashford.
His cross was ideal for the French World Cup winner to angle his body and capture volley on the full that went past Pope with the aid of a deflection off Lowton.
The happiness and relief were apparent as Pogba summoned over his team-mates for a huddle.
There is a spirit in this United side that is obvious in how they play, how they combat and how they celebrate and support each other.
Not considering that Sir Alex Ferguson’s last campaign have they stood on top at this stage of the season.
The question is can they keep it up and challenge to the end?
The swings and roundabouts have actually been spinning more than ever in this strangest of Premier League seasons.
When United last lost in the league on November 1 at home to Toolbox they stood 15th with 7 points after 6 games.
Their worst start given that David Moyes prospered Sir Alex.
Quick forward two and a bit months and here they are.
They last lost away in the league nearly precisely a year earlier and at Anfield.
They entered into that video game 27 points behind Jurgen Klopps’s side.
Now 12 months on there has actually been a swing of 33 points as they go three ahead.
Yes this is a very various United. A better one. A United all set to win a title again.