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Paul Pogba fires Man Utd back to Premier League summit

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Paul Pogba produced a moment of magic as Manchester United came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 and reclaim the Premier League lead on Wednesday, ending Manchester City’s short stay at the top.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form team started the match third in the table after 24 hours of chopping and changing at the summit.

The win sent the Red Devils two points clear and equaled the club record of 17 Premier League away games without defeat set by the treble-winning side of 1999.

United were forced to dig deep after Ademola Lookman punished them for an untidy start before Edinson Cavani pulled them level with a poacher’s goal later in the first half.

Pogba — back in the starting line-up in recent weeks after a spell on the periphery of Solskjaer’s team – put United in front with a stunning left-foot curling effort from outside the area in the second half.

United have now won seven Premier League games after going behind this season.

“Fantastic goal by Paul and we had some other chances to finish the game but of course when it is just one goal, and the players they put on, it is going to be like heart in your mouth,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.

But the Norwegian refused to be drawn on a title challenge, even though United are top at the halfway point of the season.

“It is always going to be talked about when you are halfway through and top of the league but we are not thinking about this,” he added. “We just have to go one game at a time. It is such an unpredictable season.”

The Premier League race is shaping up to be a thriller, with just eight points separating United from seventh-placed West Ham.

United knew it had to respond after City beat Aston Villa 2-0 earlier on Wednesday to leapfrog Leicester, who topped the table after their 2-0 win against Chelsea the previous evening.

De Gea was forced to make a smart save with his legs from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who blasted another chance over the bar.

And United had its hearts in their mouths when Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header deflected off Eric Bailly and inches wide of the post deep into time added on.

Defeat for Fulham leaves the club third from bottom, four points from safety.


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