Man Utd ‘hungry’ to beat Liverpool warns Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after sending title message

Burnley v Man Utd: Match in pictures

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United go to Anfield on Sunday at the perfect time after leapfrogging Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table on Tuesday night. A 1-0 win over Burnley saw the Red Devils move three points clear at the summit and showcase their title credentials after grinding out a tough victory.

Paul Pogba’s deflected second-half volley was enough for the Red Devils to end the day top of the Premier League standings for the first time since the final day of the 2012-13 season.

United head to reigning champions Liverpool, who are unbeaten at home in the league since April 2017, knowing victory would move them six points clear of the Reds.

And Solskjaer has warned Jurgen Klopp’s side – who are winless in their last three top-flight outings and lost to Southampton last time out – that United travel to Merseyside “hungry” and full of confidence.

“Brilliant position to be in,” the Norwegian manager told Sky Sports after the hard-fought victory at Turf Moor.

“We know we’re going to the champions, they’ve had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’re ready for it. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to play them.

“We’re in good shape, good form and we’re hungry. That’s a big thing. These boys are hungry, they want to get better and that’s a test again. A test of character and a test of quality.”

On the win, he added: “When you get three points in the Premier League it makes you smile. It was a hard-fought three points. It always is up here.”

Goalscorer Paul Pogba meanwhile reflected: “We got the three points and we’re happy for that but there’s still a long way and now we focus again until the end of the season.

“You can see that the game was going both ways, it’s very hard to play here. They have a style of play, very strong and we knew it would be difficult.

“We had to keep our heads calm and just focus on ourselves and hope the goal would come and it did come. It was a great performance from everyone, good focus.

“Always happy when I win – today we won and I’m happy we play well. Still a long way to go and we have big games to go so we have to focus on that.”

While midfield partner Nemanja Matic said: “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.”

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