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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Liverpool ‘worry’ came true but now Man Utd have responded

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Whisper it quietly but Manchester United are starting to be talked about as genuine Premier League title contenders this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s men sent a message to their rivals on Tuesday night by climbing above reigning champions Liverpool to the top of the table.

Paul Pogba ‘s second-half goal was enough to give United a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

They began the evening just behind Liverpool on goal difference, with a game in hand, but are now three points clear. And with impeccable timing, United take on Jurgen Klopp ‘s side in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield this weekend.


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Of course, we are still only in January and there is a long way to go – but it is a strange season, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool have been hit by injuries – losing key defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to lengthy lay-offs – so who knows what could happen from here?

United fans will not need reminding that they have not won the league since 2013, when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the helm.

Sir Alex has previously spoken about his admiration for the job Klopp has done at Liverpool, who themselves ended a 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England last term.

“He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm,” the Scot said of Klopp back in 2016.

“It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.

“You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year. You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline, I’m convinced his work in training is similar.

“He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club. I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us.”

Of course, Sir Alex’s fears would ultimately prove well-founded, as Liverpool romped to the 2019-20 title. They finished 18 points clear of runners-up Manchester City – and a whopping 33 clear of third-placed United.

The gap has closed dramatically this time around – and it looks like being a much tighter race for the crown in 2020-21. Although United suffered Champions League disappointment as they were knocked out in the group stage, they are now unbeaten in 11 league matches.

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Manchester United secured a vital 1-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday night to go top of the Premier League.

Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal in a hard-fought contest at Turf Moor, meaning United are now three points clear of Liverpool — who they face this weekend at Anfield.

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Liverpool, meanwhile, have failed to win in their previous three league outings, taking only two points from a possible nine.

They were held to draws by lowly West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, and then lost 1-0 at Southampton.

Whatever happens from here, under Solskjaer, United have certainly gone some way to addressing Sir Alex’s worries.

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