It is not news that Paul Pogba is one of the most vilified players at Old Trafford, but it was the French playmaker’s second half volley that made the difference at Turf Moor on Monday night as Manchester United pipped Burnley to climb to the top of the Premier League table for the first time since 2018.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men clearly proved the reason why they cannot be discounted among the title contenders having secured a hard-fought victory to put them three points clear over Liverpool heading into Sunday’s mouth-watering encounter at Anfield.

The video assistant referee provided the main talking point of a tense opening period, with last man Robbie Brady avoiding sanction for bringing down Edinson Cavani due to a Luke Shaw foul in the build-up.

The left-back, who was booked for his hefty challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, soon swung in a cross that Harry Maguire headed home from an acute angle, only to be ruled out for an apparent foul on Erik Pieters.

The United skipper was furious that the decision was not reviewed and his side flew out of the blocks in the second half.

Solskjaer’s men completely controlled proceedings and Pogba came up trumps in the 71st minute, firing home at end of a move he started via a slight Matthew Lowton deflection.