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The match was a low-scoring and hard-fought affair, as forecast by Tom Carnduff who backed under 2.5 goals at 6/5 and correctly went for a 1-0 away win with his score prediction.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men ground out an important victory to win for a fifth successive time at Turf Moor, having known ahead of kick-off that a positive result would move them top at this stage of the season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as champion in 2012-13.
Pogba’s volley was the difference as United secured the result their dominance deserved, with victory giving them a three-point cushion over Liverpool heading into Sunday’s mouth-watering Anfield encounter.
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.