Manchester United are at the top of the Premier League for the first time since early 2017.(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
This is also the first time United have been top of the table in January since 2013. That year Sir Alex Ferguson went onto win his last title.
United have been stuck on 20 titles ever since. Now there is a slither of hope that number 21 could be on the way.
There is a long, long way to go. But it is a great position to be in at this stage of the season.
United beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor to go top after a volley from Paul Pogba, his fourth goal of the season.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand loved the strike. He posted on Twitter after the goal, and also took a swipe at VAR, after the referee had ruled out an earlier effort from Harry Maguire.
United held on for the win and go three points clear at the top. It was a tough one. United had to really battle for it.
Assistant coach Mike Phelan sent a message on Twitter after the win, commending Burnley for their competitiveness, and also making reference to the weekend’s match at Anfield.
Phelan knows what it takes to win titles, having worked previously as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant. He won’t let United’s players get carried away.
Title winning defender Gary Neville also expressed his excitement, and also apologised for his commentary.
Neville got a lot of stick from fans for his interpretation of a couple of VAR calls, with many feeling he was over-compensating to be critical of United to avoid claims of bias.
At the weekend Neville will make the trip to Anfield too and hopefully will leave with United still top of the league.
Another win can take United six points clear of Liverpool. There will still be a long way to go, but psychologically it will be important.
United pushed to get this game in hand played this week, and going into Anfield with a three game advantage may turn out to be a masterstroke for the players’ confidence.
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