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Manchester United won the game 1-0 with a 71st minute goal scored by Paul Pogba but both managers were able to take positives from the game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always going to having seen his team go three points clear at the top of the league and after the game he had a smile across his face as he said: “When you get three points in the Premier League, it always makes you smile. It was a hard fought three points though, it always is up here.

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“We’ve had a knack of getting the result over the line, and even though it could have been more comfortable at the end, because I thought we played really well in the second half and we should have had a second or third goal, still you can see the spirit and how much it means to the boys when we defended that ball at the end. Luke sticks his head in, the ball flies and it’s like pinball in there, and it’s one of those where you breathe a sigh of relief after when it’s over.”

He questioned the disallowing of Harry Maguire’s first half goal. “You had to be calm and not be too emotionally attached because you can argue every single decision,” he said. “And the goal that Harry scored was perfectly good, it should never have been disallowed of course but there’s nothing we can do about it when he’s made up his mind.

“It might have been a foul by Like apparently, so then that’s probably a right decision because it’s in the same phase of attack. It was definitely not a foul by Harry for his goal. If you can’t jump and head it in like this, I don’t believe that’s anywhere near a foul.”

He added: “Burnley are so well organised and there are not many spaces, but we did look at some of the spaces. It was a great cross, a very well executed finish. Then we could have had one or two more goals to calm the nerves towards the end, but we jus like to do it the hard way.”

Despite a first home defeat since Chelsea beat us back in October, Sean Dyche was pleased with the way we played. “It was a tight game and we are pleased with the fact we made it a tight game against a top side,” he said. “I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. More than that, actually, I thought it was a good performance.

“We’ve been improving as the season goes on. We’ve been growing with our performance levels and the fitness of the side, which will be important to us over the season, and there were some really good individual performances against a top side who are going well.

“We stayed resolute with our shape and the collective mentality was good, so I am pleased with many things and performances are important because if you get those right over a season. and that’s one of my many obsessions, it pays you back.”

He added: ” They had chances, but not golden chances. After half time they had a good 20-25 minutes because they are a top side. You have to make sure you’re defending properly, which we did, and then they score a goal from a deflection, which is tough on the keeper because I thought we defended very well all night.

“We got back on the front foot, responded well and created a few ourselves, particularly at the end. We are still trying to find those true moments of quality at the right end and we nearly got there tonight to earn us a point. But I’m pleased overall, because the mentality is growing.

“We had a tough start and many different reasons why that affected our group. As we have got fitter and stronger, our form and our points tally has grown. We’ve got to continue with that mentality and physicality, but equally the play, because some of our play was decent tonight.”

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