Paul Pogba’s deflected strike earned Manchester United a hard-fought 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday to move three points of clear of Liverpool, who have failed to win in their last three league games.
With the win United moved into first place for the first time at this stage of the season since Alex Ferguson was in charge of the title-winning 2012-13 side.
Fans on Twitter though wanted Premier League to ‘stop the count’ with Manchester United on to the Premier League points table, invoking the same rhetoric when US President Donald Trump wanted to stop the count of votes when he was ahead in the 2020 US Presidential elections.
— Syed Jaffer Ali (@stupendousjaffu) January 13, 2021
Good morning to all Manchester United fans out there 😭😭😭😭🔥🔥🔥Stop the count!!
— Pfano (@Pfano02) January 13, 2021
STOP THE COUNT! ✋🔴
— Ngaruiya Kamande (@NgaruiyaKamande) January 13, 2021
— Sushant Anaokar (@ThyOldMonk) January 13, 2021
— Cornel✠ (@KoneMoheavy) January 13, 2021
Stop the count. Manchester United is on top of the table. Stop the count. pic.twitter.com/QbNz22df4z
— Author Sakwah Ongoma (@CSakwah) January 12, 2021
Manchester United are top of the Premier league. Stop the count 😂
— Hajia ba Kofi (@KofiKyei__) January 12, 2021
— sumitsarker_ (@thesumitsarker) January 12, 2021
Manchester United top of the EPL table for the first time since 2013! I love the look of this table. Stop the count😂😂😉 pic.twitter.com/e6FBLa9Wnu
— the Kidd is always fresh💦 (@DaKiddIsFresh) January 12, 2021
Even though Trump lost that count, Manchester United fans would hope that their team can go onto hold the lead at the top and win the Premier League title that they last won in the 2012-13 season.
Pogba met a cross from Marcus Rashford with a first-time effort from the edge of the box that deflected off Burnley defender Matt Lowton and through the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope in the 71st
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his side’s visit to defending champions Liverpool on Sunday could not have come at a better time after moving top of the Premier League for the first time in three years.
“It’s a brilliant position to be in,” said a smiling Solskjaer, whose future as manager had been under threat just a few months ago after a slow start to the season and group stage exit from the Champions League.
“We know we are going to the champions, they’ve had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons, we know that’s going to be a difficult game, but we’re ready for it.
“We couldn’t be going there at a better time to play them because we are in good shape, good form, hungry, these boys want to get better and that’s a test again.”
(With inputs from Agencies)