By David Awopetu
For the first time in three years, Manchester United is back to top of the Premier League table, this is courtesy of Paul Pogba’s deflected winner which saw off a dogged Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Tuesday.
The win makes it the first time since August 2018 that Manchester United will be top of the EPL.
It is also the first time United have topped the table this many games into the season since December 2012, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final, title-winning campaign.
In the seven seasons since Ferguson retired, United have never been higher than second at this stage of the season.
But they were already well adrift of Manchester City during that 2017-18 campaign under Jose Mourinho.
Surprisingly, in points terms, the nearest they have been to the top at this stage was under David Moyes, when they were eighth but only eight points behind the leaders after 17 games.
The win also ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain the only team still unbeaten away from home in the EPL this season and are also unbeaten in their last 15 away league games on the road.
United now lead defending champions Liverpool by three points ahead of a top-of-the-table encounter between the two most successful sides in English football history at Anfield on Sunday.