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Manchester United face Burnley with prospect of leading Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will emulate his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, if he steers Manchester United manager to the top of the English Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will emulate his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, if he steers Manchester United manager to the top of the English Premier League. AFP/File
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Manchester United take on Burnley on Tuesday night with the chance to go top of the English Premier League for the first time in more than three years.

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If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men triumph at Turf Moor they will boast 36 points after 17 games - three more than the defending champions Liverpool.

“Where you are in the table doesn’t matter at the moment,” said Solskjaer. "March and April are the months when the title is won."

Jose Mourinho was the last manager who took United to the top of the tree.

His side set the pace in September 2017 but fell away as rivals Manchester City took command with an 18-game winning streak to claim the title in May 2018 by 19 points.

Challenge

United are unbeaten since 1 November 2020 and have taken 26 points from the last 30 available to rocket up the table.

"We've won more matches, scored more goals, played better football, so obviously it's positive," added Solskjaer.

"Against Burnley it will be a question of delivering a good performance and taking the points and not letting them slip away to other teams.”

But despite the euphoria of the surge up the Premier League, there have been disappointments.

United were bundled out of Champions League after defeats to Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.

And they lost last week in the League Cup semi-final to Manchester City.

Burnley are light years away from such setbacks. They sit five points above the relegation zone with 16 points from 15 games after an uncharacteristically mediocre start to the season from a Sean Dyche side.

Repeat

But with two defeats since October, Burnley have pulled clear of the three relegation places.

“We’re on a good little run ourselves,” said Dyche who called on his players to seek inspiration from their 2-0 victory at Old Trafford last January.

“The win we got at Old Trafford was from a very good performance from our players," said Dyche.

“They maybe had a quieter game than usual one but we were very good. We’re going to have to be very good again tonight. That one’s not rocket science.

“To beat the top players and the top teams then you’ve got to play well so that’s the minimum we hope to do - to play very well.”

 

 

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