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Jan 12, 2021 at 8.15pm UK
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Nemanja Matic: 'We are ready to compete for Premier League title'

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United head to Anfield on Sunday boasting a three-point cushion over rivals Liverpool.

Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United showed their title credentials by beating Burnley to go top of the Premier League on merit heading into Sunday’s mouth-watering clash at rivals Liverpool.

Paul Pogba’s second-half volley fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ever-improving side to their ninth win of an impressive 11-match unbeaten league run, with Tuesday’s 1-0 victory propelling them above Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champions.

United had to dig deep, remain patient and regain their composure after frustration threatened to bubble over at the end of the first half to win at Turf Moor, where they went top at this stage of the season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s victorious farewell 2012-13 season.

“I think that this kind of win shows that we are ready to compete for (the) title,” Matic, a two-time Premier League winner during his time at Chelsea, said.

“You have to be patient, not to panic, because when you have that much quality during 90 minutes one situation will decide (the game) and it was exactly what we did today.

“I’m happy. I’m happy for the team, for the team performance, for our team spirit and let’s see Sunday against Liverpool.

“It’s the biggest derby in England. We go there to compete with them, to see where we are (against) one of the best teams in the league, so I think that we are ready.”

United head to Anfield on Sunday boasting a three-point cushion over their nearest rivals – a far cry from the 30-point gap that Klopp’s men opened up over the Red Devils when they last met in January 2020.

“But we can’t relax. We have to be concentrated until the end – to go game by game.

“Always in football the next one is the most important, the next one is the biggest final. We’re going to take like that and we will see.”

Matic was among United’s best performers at Burnley but Pogba was the star man, capping a fine display with his match-winning volley.

“I think that Paul in the last couple of games he showed a maturity,” the Serbian midfielder told MUTV. “He shows exactly the way how he needs to play.

While United prepare for a big clash at Liverpool, Burnley focus on Saturday’s trip to West Ham – a club heavily linked with Clarets centre-back James Tarkowski last summer.

“I know the result is disappointing, but as a group we are in a good place,” the defender said after Tuesday’s loss to United.

“West Ham have had a good season so far, so it’s a real tough test for us again but we are in a good place with plenty of bodies coming back so we’ll look forward to it.”

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