Burnley 0-1 Manchester United: Paul Pogba strike fires United top

The Red Devils had won their previous four visits to Turf Moor and knew a positive result would move them top at this stage of the season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as champion in 2012-13.

Pogba’s second-half strike was the difference as United secured the result their dominance deserved at Burnley, with the 1-0 triumph giving them a three-point cushion over Liverpool heading into Sunday’s mouth-watering Anfield encounter.

The video assistant referee provided the main talking point of a tense opening period, with last man Robbie Brady avoiding sanction for bringing down Edinson Cavani due to a Luke Shaw foul in the build-up.

The left-back, who was booked for his hefty challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, soon swung in a cross that Harry Maguire headed home from an acute angle, only to be ruled out for an apparent foul on Erik Pieters.

The United skipper was furious that the decision was not reviewed and his side flew out of the blocks in the second half.

Solskjaer’s men completely controlled proceedings and Pogba came up trumps in the 71st minute, firing home at end of a move he started via a slight Matthew Lowton deflection.

Tuesday’s match was played out in sub-zero temperatures in Lancashire, where the home side attempted to make things uncomfortable from the outset with balls into the box and dogged defensive play.

Cavani was angry to caught by the arm of Ben Mee as United looked to make early attacking headway, but it took 17 minutes for them to muster a shot and Nick Pope dealt with Bruno Fernandes’ attempt.

Anthony Martial saw an overhead kick blocked as United looked to find a way through, but Burnley were nearly gifted an opener by Fernandes.

Sean Dyche’s men pounced on the Portuguese’s uncharacteristically heavy touch and made a series of quick passes, resulting in a close-range Chris Wood shot that Eric Bailly blocked and sent looping over his own goal.

Martial bent over wastefully soon before controversy reigned at Turf Moor, where Shaw smashed into a challenge with Gudmundsson and launched a rapid break that ended with Cavani being brought down by last man Brady.

Referee Kevin Friend inexplicably only booked the Republic of Ireland international, leading both teams to fume at the official about the other side’s challenge.

There was a lengthy VAR review of the passage of play and a red card against Brady was ruled out after Friend went to the monitor, with that yellow rescinded and Shaw instead booked.

There was more controversy soon after when Maguire saw a headed opener ruled out for an apparent foul on Pieters when rising to meet Shaw’s cross.

Aggrieved United continued to push for an opener as half-time approached, with Martial’s curling effort bound for the top corner until Pope pushed over.

Shaw saw penalty appeals ignored and fuming Fernandes was handed a yellow card, with Maguire having a long chat with referee Friend at half-time.

United returned strongly and Cavani fluffed his lines shortly after the restart, with Marcus Rashford and Fernandes seeing low shots saved as pressure continued to mount on the Clarets.

Pope stopped a hopeful Fernandes strike and Cavani bent wide of the far post after wriggling free at a corner as it began to feel like one that would get away until Pogba’s 71st-minute strike.

The midfielder won the header that started a move he finished with aplomb, volleying home Rashford’s cross from the right as the ball flew home via a deflection off Lowton.

The relief was as palpable and United looked to add another, with James Tarkowksi producing an important last-ditch challenge on Martial.

Josh Brownhill struck wide and substitute Matej Vydra saw an effort deflected into the side netting by Bailly as Burnley launched a late attack, with the VAR checking a handball against Maguire in the box.

Things ended nervily as Tarkowski miscued a shot, with Shaw needing treatment and Martial wasting a later chance to put things to bed.

Paul Pogba linked with Manchester United exit in 2021

The French international has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after signalling his desire to leave the club back in 2019.

However, the Red Devils have resisted any attempts to manufacture an exit in the last 12 months as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought him back into his plans.

However, a report in the Sunday Mirror states Pogba remains determined to leave at the end of the campaign and the club will allow him to leave.

Real Madrid and Juventus are still the front runners to sign the 27-year-old and United could OK a £60m deal to avoid losing him for free in 18 months’ time.

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Marcus Rashford snatches dramatic Manchester United 1-0 win over Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were forced to wait until the 93rd minute to edge out Wolves as Marcus Rashford’s strike secured a huge three points at Old Trafford.

Nuno Santo’s side actually started the brighter of the two sides with Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves testing David De Gea.

United had to wait until well into the second half to carve out their best opening as Bruno Fernandes’ drive brought the best from Rui Patricio.

But just as this one looked to be drifting off to a boring 0-0 the chance began to fly at both ends.

Rayan Alt-Nouri’s deflected effort kept De Gea sharp in the United goal before Paul Pogba blazed over from Fernandes square ball.

And Fernandes was right at the heart of it as Rashford nicked it in added time.

His long ball released the England star in behind and his powerful drive deflected past Patricio for the win.

Full Time at old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 Wolves 0

Premier League: Manchester United vs Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could climb to 2nd place with a win, only 2 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils could be without star-man Marcus Rashford though after he aggravated a long-standing shoulder problem in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches whilst Wolves will be looking for only their second win in 6 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did show signs of promise, however, after a strong performance at the Molineux earned them a point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, despite going a goal down in the opening minute.

Meetings between the two sides don’t generally produce many goals, with only 3 in the last 4 outings but Solskjaer’s side are in fine goal-scoring form, netting 13 in their last 4.

United are likely to rotate heavily for the game, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani could all see returns to the line-up after starting from the bench on Saturday.

The game is a 20:00 pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday 29th December.

Premier League: Manchester United vs Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could climb to 2nd place with a win, only 2 points behind league-leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils could be without star-man Marcus Rashford though after he aggravated a long-standing shoulder problem in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

United will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches whilst Wolves will be looking for only their second win in 6 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side did show signs of promise, however, after a strong performance at the Molineux earned them a point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, despite going a goal down in the opening minute.

Meetings between the two sides don’t generally produce many goals, with only 3 in the last 4 outings but Solskjaer’s side are in fine goal-scoring form, netting 13 in their last 4.

United are likely to rotate heavily for the game, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani could all see returns to the line-up after starting from the bench on Saturday.

The game is a 20:00 pm kick-off at Old Trafford on Tuesday 29th December.

Premier League: Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford composed strike in the 23rd minute put his side in front and was the forwards 50th Premier League goal.

It was the first time this season that United have scored the opening goal in a Premier League away game, despite boasting a 100%-win record in those fixtures.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Harvey Barnes’ hammered effort from 18-yards-out flew into the bottom right-hand corner of David De Gea’s goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may have felt they deserved to be in front when the half-time whistle was blown considering Rashford missed what was arguably the easiest chance of the game only minutes in.

The second half of the Boxing Day fixture presented much of the same as the first, with both teams looking evenly matched until the visitors broke the deadlock.

Substitute striker Edinson Cavani turned playmaker as he played Bruno Fernandes in who, made no mistake in firing the Red Devils back in front with only 10 minutes to spare.

The game’s final twist was still to come however, as Jamie Vardy’s 85th minute effort deflected in of the knee of Axel Tuanzebe to rescue a point for The Foxes.

The results means Leicester City remain in 2nd place in the Premier League, one point in front of 3rd-placed Manchester United.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City v Manchester United

The Foxes edged out a 2-0 win over Tottenham last time out and boss Brendan Rodgers is set to stick with the majority of his team against United.

Star man Jamie Vardy did go off in the final minutes against Spurs, but he should be OK to play with the returning Christian Fuchs in line to replace Timothy Castagne in defence.

For United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to make too many changes to his own winning team after they thrashed Leeds 6-2.

Scott McTominay was the goal scoring hero against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but a groin injury will keep him out of this one, with Donny van de Beek set to fill in and Alex Telles replacing Luke Shaw at left back.

And it’s an early start on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium with a 12.30pm kick off.

Manchester United hammer neighbours Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford

An early brace from Scott McTominay coupled with first half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof ensured a dominant three points for Solskjaer.

Leeds have established a reputation as fast starters this season, but the tables were turned in Manchester as McTominay smashed home twice inside the first five minutes.

With Leeds still settling into the surroundings they cheaply lost the ball in midfield, Fernandes slipped in McTominay and he arrowed one past Illan Meslier.

And with the confidence soaring through him, McTominay repeated the trick two minutes later as he latched onto Anthony Martial’s pass to make it 2-0.

United then simply laid siege to Leeds’ goal before the break as Fernandes swept home a loose ball and Lindelof sharply fired home from a corner.

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper did nod home a glimmer of hope for Marcelo Bielsa before the break, but it was a mountain to climb in the second half.

But any team built by Bielsa will always fight back against the odds and David De Gea was forced to make a point blank stop from Raphinha on 56 minutes.

And any slim chance of a dramatic turnaround was ended by the hosts with 25 to play as Dan James netted his first of the season.

McTominay turned provider this time round, with a driving run and ball into the Welshman, who confidently tucked away past Meslier.

But the rampant hosts were not finished there as Fernandes tucked home from the spot for six before Stuart Dallas smacked home another consolation.

United did almost match Liverpool’s seven goals from yesterday, as Meslier denied Edinson Cavani late on, but in the end Solskjaer was forced to settle for a sexy six.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 6 Leeds United 2

Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester United

Chris Wilder’s side are rooted to the bottom of the table after a dozen games, six points of adrift of West Brom who sacked Slaven Bilic on Wednesday, and haven’t won a league game all season.

But Wilder isn’t worried for his future despite speculation recently, in a week where he was publicly backed by the club’s owner. He has however insisted the club’s slump is his responsibility and is not shying away from trying to turn fortunes around.

In order to do that, Wilder will be hoping to call upon the services of Oli McBurnie, who will be monitored in the run-up to kick-off after injuring a shoulder in the 3-0 defeat to Southampton. Lys Mousset scored in this fixture last season and is available to deputise, as are Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick.

Jack O’Connell is out for the majority of the season with a knee ligament injury, and one of Phil Jagielka, Ethan Ampadu, Enda Stevens or Jack Robinson will play in Wilder’s usual back three formation.

The Blades boss spoke about his system in Wednesday’s press conference, insisting his players suit the system as pressure to ditch it increases from corners of the media.

In the opposing dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has almost all of his squad available, with only Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani missing. Cavani was described as a risk by the Norwegian, so is unlikely to make the trip to Sheffield.

United are on a run of nine Premier League consecutive wins away from home, and a win would see them become only the fourth side in history to make it ten in a row. They’ll be hoping to stop a run of conceding first on their travels though, as they’ve came from behind in all of their five away games this season so far to win.

A win for Solskjaer would see his side leapfrog Chelsea in the table and keep up the pressure on the front runners as the festive period begins, with the Red Devils also still having a game in hand after their delayed start to the season.

Sheffield United take on Manchester United on Thursday, December 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Manchester City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed some of his most memorable results as United against City but the Norwegian needs a big result now more than ever.

United’s Champions League exit against RB Leipzig has ramped up the pressure on him ahead of this weekend and he is expected to rotate.

Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are both back in training and Solskjaer is expected to include at least one of them from the start in this game.

Donny van der Beek and Juan Mata could also be drafted in by Solskjaer as he looks to add experience and defensive grit to his midfield.

For City, Guardiola is boosted by some vital returns ahead of the cross-city clash with Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gudogan both back fit.

Guardiola has hinted that Aguero won’t start against the old enemy but given his record against United means we should see him at some stage this weekend.

And with all eyes on Manchester tomorrow, kick off in this is set for 5.30pm on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo offered Sheffield United exit option

According to reports from the Sheffield Star, Chris Wilder has earmarked Rojo as a replacement for Jack O’Connell, with the Blades skipper still sidelined through injury.

Rojo has vanished from United’s plans in the last 12 months and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to sell him next month.

The main stumbling block appears to be if Wilder can put together a financial package to complete the deal.

Rojo’s deal with Man United expires at the end of the campaign, meaning this deal is set to start with a six month loan.

But Solskjaer will need to put his hand in his pocket to supplement wage payments if he wants Wilder to complete a deal.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt against including Paul Pogba in his matchday squad for the crunch Champions League group stage game at RB Leipzig on Tuesday

United need a draw or a win against Leipzig to qualify for the last 16 of this season’s competition, but the German side are also in with a shout of progressing.

The Bundesliga club are level on points with both the Red Devils and PSG in a fascinating Group H equation.

However, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba may not be a part of the matchday squad for the showdown with Leipzig.

The Frenchman has travelled to Germany for the game, but after recent comments made by his agent Mino Raiola, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may feel the right option is to leave Pogba out.

Raiola, who is known as a ‘super agent’ and has clients such as Erling Haaland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his stable, was speaking to Italian outlet Tuttosport and claimed:

“Paul is unhappy at Man Utd.

“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scenery.”

Raiola also said that Pogba doesn’t intend to extend his stay at Old Trafford – his current contract expires in the summer of 2022 – and claimed a transfer in the next summer window is the best outcome for all parties.

Furthermore, there were even suggestions that the Frenchman’s United career is “over”, as well as shots fired at Solskjaer’s management of the player.

With such an important Champions League game on Tuesday, as well as the Manchester derby in the Premier League at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a big decision to make as to whether to involve a player whose agent has landed the club some seriously unwanted PR – as well as taking a few swipes at the Norwegian’s managerial ability as well.