Man Utd players sense this could be special season, says Neville
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Manchester United players can sense they have a chance to make this a special season, says Gary Neville.
Paul Pogba scored a volley with 19 minutes remaining on Tuesday to give United a 1-0 away victory over Burnley.
That moved them top of the Premier League, three points clear of champions Liverpool ahead of the two teams’ crunch clash at Anfield on Sunday.
Former United captain Neville believes Liverpool are in for an uncomfortable few days and urged fans of the Red Devils to relish their return to the summit.
The last time United were top at this stage of the season was in 2012-13, Alex Ferguson’s last season which ended in title glory.
“I believe these players feel they can have a really special season,” Neville said to Sky Sports.
“It’s odd, it’s changing every single week, you don’t know what is going to happen – there’s an element of unpredictability and Manchester United could exploit that.
“It’s a big win, to go top of the league before Sunday feels like a big moment. Six to eight weeks ago you wouldn’t have thought Manchester United would have been anywhere near this position.
“Yet, now, they find themselves with something building, the spirit is growing as you could see with the way they celebrated with each other.
“Some performances haven’t been great all the time away from home but they have won when they haven’t been at their best. It’s a little bit more exciting and l am going to enjoy these next three or four days!
“I don’t think anyone is saying Manchester United will win the league but the fact that they are in a title fight – wow! I never would have imagined it.
“It’s a strange season. Why shouldn’t Manchester United fans believe? Why shouldn’t this side believe? Look at the front three, that midfield four, Bruno Fernandes – they have some fantastic players.
“The other teams aren’t in great form. Man City are sitting there cool and calm, nobody is really talking about them, but they are hitting very good form and that is a real danger.
“But in the next few days it is time to have a little bit of fun. It won’t be a comfortable few days for Liverpool.”
Neville added: “We know full well how quickly this season has turned around: it was Chelsea four weeks ago and Man United looked dead, but it is all turning around again.
“It shouldn’t stop Manchester United fans get carried away in the next few days. Why shouldn’t they? It’s been a really difficult few years.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted United are ready for the challenge of facing Liverpool.
“It’s a brilliant position to be in,” said the United manager.
“Of course we know we’re going to the champions who have had an unbelievable three-and-a-half-seasons, we know it’s going to be a difficult game for us, but we are ready for it.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better time to play them because we are in good shape, good form and hungry. These boys want to get better and that’s the test of their character and quality.
“Of course, we enjoy being [top of the league] at any time, be that the first game or the last game, which is a big, big difference. We’re looking forward to it, it’s a great test of where we’re at.
“We’re almost halfway through the season so it’s a little bit of an indication of where you’re at, but no one will remember the league table on January 12.”