Man Utd boss Solskjaer urged to listen to Paul Pogba in order to overtake Liverpool
Man Utd: Solskjaer previews Burnley clash
Manchester United will struggle against Burnley if they do not listen to Paul Pogba’s advice about set-pieces, according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol. United can go top of the Premier League tonight if they avoid defeat at Turf Moor. However, Nicol believes Sean Dyche’s side have a chance of causing an upset.
Following the Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City last week, Pogba complained about the two goals his team conceded from set pieces.
“It is details,” Pogba told MUTV.
“Details make the difference all of the time and now when it is big games like this, it is details and at set-pieces we lost.
“We have to learn and we have to learn, because it is not the first time.”
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And Nicol says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to heed Pogba’s advice or they will struggle against Burnley in particular.
“Absolutely, yeah there’s a chance [United] don’t win this game,” Nicol told ESPN FC.
“Listen, Burnley don’t give points away. I think they lost a few to City and they lost a few to Chelsea, but every other game they’ve had – the losses and the wins – have been 1-0, and of course they’ve had some draws that have all been 1-1.
“So they don’t generally give an awful lot away so yes [they have a chance].
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“We were talking last week about a statement Pogba made about how Manchester United need to be better on set pieces, well I’ll tell you what, if there’s one team you don’t want to be giving set pieces away to is Burnley.
“So yeah, Man United absolutely are favourites but this is no foregone conclusion.”
Burnley beat United 2-0 at Old Trafford 12 months ago but Solskjaer’s side have come a long way since then.
A point tonight would make them outright leaders ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.
But Nicol reckons it would not be a big surprise if the Red Devils were still second following tonight’s match.
He continued: “Honestly, if Burnley win this game, is it really a huge shock? I don’t think so.
“It’s not a huge shock, it wouldn’t be a huge shock. It would be a bit of a surprise but it wouldn’t be like headline news: ‘Burnley beat Man United’.
“A team in Burnley that either wins 1-0 or loses 1-0 tells you they don’t give anything away and every game is a slog against them.
“They’ve lost two games by more than a goal all season and you’re going to say that it’s going to be a huge shock? Come on.”
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