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Premier League Table: Man Utd take command with Burnley win

Manchester United are three points clear at the top of the Premier League after Paul Pogba's winner at Burnley.

12:10am on Wednesday 13th January 2021
Paul Macdonald

Manchester United are top of the Premier League table following their 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

It is the first time that the Red Devils have been at the summit of the standings, excluding the opening day of the season, since 17th September 2017.

A draw against the Clarets would have been enough to lift them to that status, but thanks to a 1-0 victory, sealed by Paul Pogba's strike, they will go into Sunday's big clash with Liverpool three points clear of their big rivals.

The top of the standings, however, remain tight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are out in front on 36 points, three clear of Liverpool, but beyond that things are tight.

Leicester and Everton both sit on 32 points, while Tottenham lead a group of three clubs on 29. Crucially, Spurs have a game in hand over their rivals, while Manchester City, another of the trio just outside the Champions League places, have two games in hand.

Even Aston Villa, back on 26 points, are within striking distance of the top four as they have played two games fewer than many of their rivals.

At the other end of the standings, meanwhile, Sheffield United saw a chink of light thanks to a 1-0 victory over Newcastle. Their run of 17 games without a win at the start of the campaign was, however, an unwanted Premier League record.

Things also look bleak for Sam Allardyce's West Brom, who have only eight points to their name, six short of safety.

Fulham are the top club in the relegation zone, boasting 11 points. Scott Parker's men, however, have two games in hand over 17th-placed Brighton, who are three marks better off.

Meanwhile, Burnley are not yet out of danger on 16 points and even Newcastle on 19 points could be drawn into the relegation battle if they do not improve.

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