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.

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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.

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.

Manchester United battle back to win 3-1 away at West Ham

United struggled to get going at the London Stadium but the half time introduction of Bruno Fernandes inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a fourth straight league win.

It was the confident hosts who made the better start in East London with Pablo Fornals forcing a brave early stop from Dean Henderson.

The Spaniard continued to pose a threat, as his poked effort came back off the post, before Tomas Soucek deservedly put the Hammers in front.

Declan Rice flicked on Bowen’s corner and the Czech midfielder held off Alex Telles to scramble home from close range.

David Moyes’ side were then presented with a perfect to go in 2-0 up at half time, but Sebastien Haller lost hit nerve at the crucial moment.

Both sides looked busy after the restart, as Bowen was inches away from converting Vladimir Coufal’s cross, and Scott McTominay powered wide.

But with the visitors slowly edging themselves into the game, Paul Pogba produced a fantastic equaliser on 65 minutes.

Henderson’s sweeping clearance released Fernandes and his pull back was expertly swept home by Pogba.

That goal successfully tipped the balance in United’s favour as Mason Greenwood netted a quick-fire second shortly after.

Telles’ driven cross evaded a string of Hammers defenders and the teenager showed a Solskjaer-esque touch to slot past Lukasz Fabianski.

That strike opened the floodgates for a rampant United, as Marcus Rashford scuffed an effort against the post.

But the England international was not to be denied his big moment as he wrapped up the fight back with a superb finish from Juan Mata’s cross field pass.

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Premier League: Southampton vs Manchester United

Saints are unbeaten in their last six, winning four of those games, and are fifth in the table going into the weekend, as whispers of a finish in the European places begin to grow on the South coast.

Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hoping his side can continue to manage without top scorer Danny Ings, with Theo Walcott netting his first goal for Southampton in almost 15 years against Wolves last week in his absence.

Walcott is set to continue his partnership with Che Adams when United come to town, as Southampton have no new injury worries from that game at Molineux.

Will Smallbone may come back into contention after missing the draw with a hamstring problem, but Nathan Redmond won’t make it due to a hamstring injury. Defender Mohamed Salisu is back training with the team but not expected to be part of the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without Paul Pogba, who is struggling with a swollen ankle. The injury kept him out of the win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the week and he is rated at 50/50 for the visit to St Mary’s. Donny Van De Beek should continue in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Jesse Lingard continues to self-isolate after coming into contact with a COVID positive person, while defensive trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are both longer-term absentees.

Solskjaer is hoping Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka shake off back and ankle injuries in time for selection, after both were withdrawn early the Champions League win on Tuesday night.

A fourth straight win would further ease the pressure on the Norwegian manager, after rumours of his sacking intensified earlier this month, and move his side closer to the pack chasing Liverpool and Tottenham at the top of the league.

Southampton could leapfrog Chelsea with a win ahead of their game with Spurs later on Sunday afternoon, and continue their dream start into the congested Christmas period.

Southampton take on Manchester United on Sunday, November 29th. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Manchester United boss Solskjaer hoping for Paul Pogba availability

Having featured for France during the international break, the midfielder was conspicuous by his absence from the squad for Saturday’s 1-0 win against West Brom.

Solskjaer said Pogba had been struggling with a knock but expects to be able to pick the United midfielder for Tuesday’s Group H clash.

“We hope he’s going to be available,” Solskjaer said. “He trained this morning. See if there’s any reaction when we report tomorrow.

“Still Luke Shaw is out, Phil Jones is out. Jesse is still self-isolating after being in contact with a positive (coronavirus) case.

“There’s one or two little things we need to look at in the morning but hopefully everyone else is available.”

United lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Turkey at the start of November, meaning their qualification hopes need a shot in the arm on Tuesday.

“We started well with two wins,” Solskjaer said of the results against Paris St Germain and RB Leipzig. “Disappointed losing the last game in Istanbul.

“We need at least 10 points to go through definitely. But maybe, even likely that you have to have 12 points.

“We’re going to go into this game trying to win it, of course, and try to win it well with a good performance because we’ve got games coming thick and fast.

“Getting to 10 points as quickly as you can was the main point but that defeat was a big blow.”

Dean Henderson made his European debut against Istanbul Basaksehir and has since gone onto make his senior England bow.

But the 23-year-old is the clear back-up to David De Gea, potentially putting his progress and European Championship hopes in jeopardy.

“I’ve been very happy with the competition that Dean has provided for David and the response from David,” Solskjaer said.

“Dean’s not really put a foot wrong and he’s developing and he’s maturing along the way, which I’m very, very happy with.”

Solskjaer would not confirm Tuesday’s starter but says Henderson will continue to get opportunities this season at United.

“Dean wants to stay at Man United and play for Man United,” he said.

“I can’t see the logic in (suggestions there is) only one potential appearance left before Christmas. Do you know how many games we’ve got?

“I disagree completely. Dean’s come back in, he’s training really well, he’s maturing. He’s had some games.

“He’s training with, for me, one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He’s got potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

Manchester United sweating on fitness of Victor Lindelof

The defender was forced off in the 67th minute whilst playing for Sweden against France in a Nations League game on Tuesday.

The Swedes eventually lost 4-2 to the World Cup winners at the Stade de France, with United’s Paul Pogba playing the full 90 minutes and fellow teammate Anthony Martial on the bench.

It has been revealed that Lindelof’s substitution was due to a back issue, something the centre-half is said to have been suffering with for a while.

Manchester United face relegation-threatened West Brom in the Premier League at the weekend and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the defender comes back from international duty in good enough shape to feature against the Baggies.

United have not enjoyed their start to the Premier League season and are currently 14th in the table having endured their worst beginning to a league campaign for a number of years.

To make matters worse for Solskjaer, there is still confusion over the availability of Brazil full-back Alex Telles, who tested positive for coronavirus for a second time whilst away with his country.

The new Old Trafford signing had already missed two weeks of action before the international break due to self-isolation and it is currently uncertain as to whether he’ll be available against West Bromwich Albion.

Telles did feature on the bench for the Selecao in their recent game against Uruguay but never came on – despite allegedly contracting Covid-19 for a second time.

Arsenal end Old Trafford hoodoo with 1-0 Premier League win at Manchester United

On a night of few clear chances for either team a second half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a crucial three points for the Gunners.

Neither side created much in the early stages on a rainy night in Manchester before a chance apiece just before the break.

United striker Mason Greenwood wriggled away from Gabriel inside the box but Bernd Leno reacted smartly to block his effort.

Arsenal’s best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to Bukayo Saka but the teenager could only head over from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

The visitors picked up the initiative after the break with Alexandre Lacazette releasing Aubameyang to release Aubameyang who curled just wide.

With neither really able to take charge of the game, the match turned on a decisive moment on 65 minutes.

Bellerin collided with Paul Pogba inside the box and despite the Frenchman’s protests, referee Mike Dean pointed straight to the spot and Aubameyang confidently slotted past David De Gea.

United almost pinched a point in the closing stages as Donny van de Beek’s effort deflected onto the post but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to stage a big finale.

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Crystal Palace seal shock 3-1 Premier League win at Manchester United

Palace rode their luck after the break, but a below par United can have few complaints about losing their first game of the new season.

The visitors looked to stay compact and hit United on the counterattack in the early stages, and that paid off perfectly after just seven minutes.

Mamadou Sakho’s pass fed Jeff Schlupp in behind the United defence and his low cross flew across the box with Townsend arriving on cue to tuck home at the far post.

That early setback rocked United, with Paul Pogba’s long range effort their only chance inside the first 45 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood after the break, but the teenager wasted a brilliant chance to equalise on the hour mark.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s cross was perfect for the England international, but his free header flashes wide of the post.

That miss was to prove crucial for United, as Palace were handed an early season present by VAR with twenty minutes to go.

Referee Martin Atkinson chose to go with the technology and award the softest of soft penalties against Victor Lindelof.

United were initially handed a reprieve as David De Gea saved Jordan Ayew penalty, but Atkinson firmly removed himself from Solskjaer’s Christmas card list by ordering a retake.

Zaha pulled rank on Ayew for the second spot kick as the former United man fired past De Gea.

The hosts did look to rally in the closing stages, as debutant Donny van der Beek slotted home, but
Palace’s pace and power on the counter proved the difference once again.

With United pushing high up in the Palace half, a long ball out of defence released Zaha yet again and he held off Lindelof to seal all three points.

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