La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, p. a10
London. With a goal from Frenchman Paul Pogba in the final leg of the game, Manchester United took a 1-0 win at Burnley to become the new leader of the Premier League.
At minute 71, the French midfielder caught a volley from the edge of the area to achieve the only goal of the match, corresponding to the first day of the English championship and which was postponed at the time by United’s participation in the Europa League.
We are happy to have achieved all three points, but the road is still long and we must be very focused until the end of the season, Pogba told Sky Sports television.
It was neither a good nor an easy game for the team led by Norway’s Ole Gunnar Solksjaer against a club on an upward trajectory that has won 10 points out of the last 15 possible.
Despite having possession of the ball, United collided again and again with the defense and the Burnley goalkeeper, including a clear chance by Uruguayan Edinson Cavani at the start of the second half (51), until Pogba found the fault in the Rival rearguard, although he was also lucky, as his volley shot was deflected by a defender.
With this result, which allows the Red Devils to maintain their good streak away from Old Trafford this season (7 wins and a draw in eight games), United added 36 points, three more than Liverpool.
Next Sunday, in matchday 19, ManU will visit Liverpool at Anfield, a clash between the two top contenders for the title, at least for now.
We know we are going to the champion’s house, which has been an incredible three and a half seasons, but we couldn’t be in a better time to go, Soslkjaer said.
Yesterday there were also two matches played on date 18 of the Premier, which will be played between this week and the next that will be interspersed with matchday 19.
Everton won 2-1 on the Wolverhampton court and that allows James Rodríguez’s team (who played 86 minutes) to get into the Champions League zone with 32 points, the same as Leicester.
Alex Iwobi (6) and Michael Keane (77) were the authors of the Toffees goals, while Rubén Neves (14) scored for the Wolves, who still cannot count on Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez.
Sheffield adds his first three points
Previously, Sheffield United had to wait until today to score their first win of the season, beating Newcastle 1-0.
The bottom of the Premier League managed to take all three points thanks to a penalty converted by Billy Sharp in the 73rd minute against Newcastle who played the entire second half at a disadvantage due to the expulsion, for a double yellow card, of Ryan Fraser shortly before the pause (45).
Despite the victory, the Blades still have a long way to go in their goal of achieving permanence, as they only have five points in the standings, 11 behind Burnley, the first team outside the relegation zone.