Manchester United will go to Anfield three points clear of the Premier League champions after a Paul Pogba-inspired victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
United made wholesale changes from the team that started against Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Eric Bailly the only player to keep his place in the side as he started alongside captain Harry Maguire in the centre of defence.
An action-packed first half saw a VAR check for possible red cards against players from both sides carried out, with Luke Shaw and Robbie Brady both under the microscope, but neither man was dismissed, before Harry Maguire’s headed goal was harshly chalked off for a supposed foul.
United were the dominant side after the break and Pogba proved the difference as his volley from Marcus Rashford’s cross deflected past Nick Pope in the Burnley goal.
Next up: Merseyside, and a chance to go six points clear of Liverpool.
Follow our blog below for reaction to United’s win.
United unsung hero
Shaw was quietly good tonight for United.
The United midfielder, who impressed tonight, gives his reaction to BBC Sport:
“It was exactly what we expected and we did a great job and deserved the points. We are top of the table and we are happy.
“We are exactly where we belong. Burnley are a good side and to win here is not easy.
“We know that we go game by game. This one was a final and now we focus on the next one in the same way against Liverpool.”
Pogba on VAR and Maguire goal
The United matchwinner spoke to Sky Sports after the game about the impact of VAR decisions and Harry Maguire’s disallowed effort:
“Obviously it’s hard but you have to be professional and we know it wasn’t going to be easy with the decision of the referee which I didn’t agree with. But I’m not the boss on the pitch so we just have to keep calm and keep focused and of course we scored and won the game.”
“It was a goal for sure – I don’t know what happened. It was a beautiful goal and the referee decided that it was not. It was a strange decision but we got the result we wanted so we’re happy.”
WATCH: Picture highlights from Turf Moor
United are top, three points clear. Yep.
United ratings vs Burnley
Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly are among the most highly rated players in that United victory over Burnley.
We’ll have all the reaction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on this live blog, plus our ratings, report and more analysis.
So don’t go anywhere.
That’s it. All over. Martial missed a late chance to make it 2-0 but that doesn’t matter now. He was actually replaced by Tuanzebe after he started limping.
But it’s a huge win for United and they go three points clear a the Premier League summit.
It’s been a while since we said that. Paul Pogba’s goal has done it at Turf Moor tonight.
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Clash of heads
A clash of heads between Luke Shaw and Ben Mee means another delay, in added time. Both went for it and need some treatment.
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We’re into four added minutes now.
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McTominay replaces Fernandes for United.
It’s now about seeing this out for Solskjaer’s side.
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VAR checking a possible handball by Maguire… nothing doing there.
United can breathe.
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Burnley not done
Matic has been good tonight and does some important defending once again in front of the back four.
Burnley trying to lift long balls into the United box in these final stages, with Jay Rodriguez their next change. Vydra with a chance, into the side netting via Bailly.
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Brownhill with a shot from range as Burnley create something out of nothing. It was never going on target, but United have been warned.
They need to focus here.
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Martial gets in a good position but takes one touch too many. It was a good ball from Pogba to find him but the United No.9 let the Burnley defence get back.
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Burnley also made a substitution, bringing on Matej Vydra for Wood.
Into the final 10 minutes, is it now about United managing this game, or do they need a second?
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Barnes battled with Matic there to try and slip Wood in but there’s nobody else in that Burnley attack to help out.
Rashford is the man replaced by Greenwood.
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De Gea catches Lowton’s cross and United can break away through Martial. So much space in that midfield is opening up now.
Brownhill with a rash challenge on Pogba, as Greenwood prepares to come on.
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A well timed challenge by Maguire comes at a good time, with Burnley pressing down their right. The United captain has been really good tonight.
Cavani throws his arms in the air after being dispossessed.
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Home team fighting
No surprise to see Burnley taking their free-kicks long, but Cavani gets back to nod the latest one away.
The Clarets are fighting, as you’d expect them to.
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Can Burnley respond?
Is that the goal that gives United a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, heading to Anfield?
There’s a heck of a long time left in this, and Burnley will have to push up and produce a response.
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Pogba deserves it
It was slightly deflected but Pogba gets the crucial goal and he has deserved to score.
Even more patience being shown by United as they probe from one flank to another.
Pogba scores! A superb volley from the Frenchman.
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Martial with a backheel towards Cavani, as Pogba went down looking for a penalty.
VAR looked at it but nothing doing.
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Cavani curls wide
Cavani creates some space in the box after the ball drops following a United corner but bends his effort just wide.
United getting closer but not close enough.
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Burnley bring on former United academy man Dwight McNeil, Brady going off.
United fans will all be calling for Solskjaer to make a sub of his own.
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Good defending from Bailly to get across, using his pace.
Rashford is flagged offside after ghosting into space.
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May need a forward change
Some United attackers have struggled.
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United on top
United are really starting to turn the screw now. Burnley still a threat on the counter, and their defence is a tough nut to crack, but the visitors look favourites to grab the vital first goal.
Pogba and Rashford try to combine but the final ball is lacking.