Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said his side are “looking forward” to Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after taking the lead in the Premier League table.
United can move six points away from the champions with the win after beating Burnley on Wednesday.
Indeed, they would also consolidate their position at the summit in doing so. The Red Devils leaped Liverpool thanks to Paul Pogba’s volley in the second half at Turf Moor.
Speaking after his side’s last win, Solskjaer insisted his side now face their toughest test of the season.
“We are looking forward to it,” said the Norwegian. “Of course you like to be where we are at all times. Whether it’s the first game or the last game, that’s a huge difference.
“But for now, we are where we are. We are going to go there knowing that we have been playing against the team which has been by far the best in the country for a year and a half.
“They are legal champions and we can’t wait to be there and it’s a great test of where we are against a good team.
United had to score their three points at Burnley after an incident rich game which, for some time, played out against the visitors.
Harry Maguire had a header ruled out for a foul and there were also two controversial tackles.
Luke Shaw faced Johann Berg Gudmundsson and then received the yellow. However, referee Kevin Friend only waved Shaw’s card after dealing with Robbie Brady’s tackle on Edinson Cavani a few moments later.
Solskjaer highlights Man Utd’s frustrations
“We’re almost halfway through the season so it’s kind of an indication of your situation,” added Solskjaer.
“But no one will remember the January 12 league table. The frustrations were clear to everyone and it affected our performance so we can’t let this happen.
“We just have to accept every now and then that the decisions will go against you and that Harry’s goal was perfectly good, so it’s a decision we shouldn’t be sitting there talking about.”
“The fault against Cavani and the red card (which could have been handed to the last man Brady), of course you come back to the fault of Luke. Haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t really comment on this one.
“But half-time helped us. I thought we were out in the second half and had played really well and deserved the win.
“Then the performance of Paul, I think he and Nemanja [Matic] in the midfield have played as players who know what it is and these games are on point.
Solskjaer went further by hailing the performance of French international Pogba.