Man Utd move three points clear of Reds

English Premier League

Manchester United surged to the top of the Premier League standings with a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Edinson Cavani was restored to the line-up after serving a three-game ban while Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba recovered from injuries to make the side.

Robbie Brady had the game's first chance inside the first minute, but the Burnley winger sent his first-time volley wide of David de Gea's post.

United had to wait until the 26th minute for their first opening after Anthony Martial surged towards the box before sending an effort just wide.

Ten minutes later, the visitors had the ball in the back of the net through Harry Maguire's towering header, but the goal was ruled out for a foul by the United skipper on Erik Pieters.

Martial went close to putting United ahead just before the halftime break with a curling effort from distance that forced Nick Pope into a superb save.

After waves of attack in the second half, United eventually took the lead on 70 minutes with a first-time volley from the edge of the box that deflected past Pope.

Matej Vydra went close to pulling Burnley level on 86 minutes but his close-range effort deflected into the side-netting.

James Tarkowski should have sealed a point for Burnley in second-half stoppage time, but the defender scuffed his volley from close range as United held on for the win to move top ahead of Sunday's clash against Liverpool.

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