Paul Pogba urged new league-leaders Manchester United to “keep calm” for the “big moment” when his side face champions Liverpool on Sunday.
United are top of the Premier League table for the first time since they last won the title in 2012/13 and could move six points clear with a victory at Anfield.“It will be a beautiful game for everyone,” Pogba told BBC Sport.
“It’s a big game coming up so let’s get ready for it.”
Pogba’s deflected volley gave Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side three points at Burnley to put them back on top and set up a huge game at the weekend.
A year unbeaten on the road
United are now unbeaten in 15 Premier League away fixtures, winning 12 of them, with their last defeat on the road coming at Anfield a year ago. Goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah on that occasion left United 30 points behind Jürgen Klopp’s side, so it’s been quite a turnaround in a year.
In fact, it’s been quite a turnaround in just a few months. United were down in 15th place at the beginning of November, when Arsenal won at Old Trafford.
Since then, nine wins and two draws have pushed the former perennial winners back to the top. Solskjær has seen a few ups and downs in his 25 months in charge, with #OLEOUT being seen as much as #OLEIN, but he now has his side in formidable form.
He continually batted away questions of a title challenge at Turf Moor, but acknowledged that his team head to Anfield – where they last won five years ago – in fine spirits.
“We feel very confident going into games,” he told BBC Sport.
“Away from home, we have really done well. We have to believe in ourselves – and we do. We’ve done a great job, it’s good times.“It’s a test on Sunday against the champions who have been fantastic. That’s a great test for us.”‘
'Six weeks ago, they were nowhere'
Solskjær may have been reticent to discuss it, but former United captain Gary Neville says they are in the title race and it’s a challenge that nobody saw coming.
“To go top of the league before Sunday, it feels like a big moment,” he told Sky Sports.
“Six to eight weeks ago, you didn’t think they would be anywhere near. Now something is building, a spirit is growing, you can see the togetherness.
“Eight weeks ago, Liverpool were everyone’s certainties. No one is getting carried away. It could easily turn the other way, but the fact that they are in a title race … wow. You have to give credit to the players.
“It is a strange season. Why shouldn’t Manchester United fans believe; why shouldn’t this team believe? They have some fantastic players. I don’t think it will be a comfortable few days for Liverpool. They didn’t expect this.” – BBC.com