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Probably for the first time this season, Paul Pogba has handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a headache he does not mind having to deal with.

The French midfielder capped a fine display against Burnley on Tuesday with a sumptuous winner for to take them top of the Premier League for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

It continued what appears to be a remarkable resurgence from the 27-year-old following comments from his agent Mino Raiola that his time at Old Trafford will be over at the end of the season.

Paul Pogba netted the winner for Manchester United at Burnley to take them top of the league

Paul Pogba netted the winner for at Burnley to take them top of the league

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His sweet goal capped another fine display in his return to form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

His sweet goal capped another fine display in his return to form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

His resurgence has come after agent Mino Raiola claimed his time at the club was over

His resurgence has come after agent Mino Raiola claimed his time at the club was over

Yet whether or not that assertion still stands, Pogba's main focus will now be the club's biggest game of the season so far, when they take on the team that they have just replaced at the top of the pile in arch rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

But despite his - and the club's for that matter - recent excellent displays, will Solskjaer think twice before opting to change tactics and add solidity rather than flair when facing the attacking menace of the Anfield side?

The team that the Norwegian put out in the 1-0 win at Burnley was designed for a specific purpose, to combat the physical game-plan employed by the hosts. It was a big United team. Eric Bailly was at the back, Pogba and Nemanja Matic occupied the middle, and Edinson Cavani was handed a start up top.

By the same merit, the Norwegian will have to ring further changes to help United counter the pace of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and the wizardry of Thiago Alcantara in the middle.

But the best manner in which to do that is not so immediately forthcoming.

Up next for United is Mohamed Salah and Liverpool who they have usurped at the top

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Up next for United is Mohamed Salah and Liverpool who they have usurped at the top

Solskjaer has played Pogba and Matic together recently but may try to add further solidity

Solskjaer has played Pogba and Matic together recently but may try to add further solidity

Scott McTominay - full of confidence after captaining and netting in the FA Cup third round win against Watford - and Fred could bring more energy to the midfield, and it is likely to be in addition to, rather than instead of, Pogba.

But that would in all probability lead Solskjaer back to the diamond formation that had mixed success throughout 2020, particularly when the pressure was on the Norwegian boss.

The system worked very well against RB Leipzig in the Champions League with a 5-0 thrashing, with United showing some signs of stability at the back while looking like they could score with most attacks.

But they were insipid and uninspiring a few days later in the home defeat by Arsenal, while a 1-1 draw at Everton last season was also another frustrating display which saw the faithful raise concerns about the diamond formation.

Against the German side, Matic occupied the base of the midfield well, something Fred was unable to do to the same effect against the Gunners having started on the right of the diamond against Julian Nagelsmann's men.

Bruno Fernandes would start as the most advanced midfielder if he reverts to a diamond

Bruno Fernandes would start as the most advanced midfielder if he reverts to a diamond

Pogba would fit in on the left but, like United, had mixed fortunes when playing there in 2020

Pogba would fit in on the left but, like United, had mixed fortunes when playing there in 2020

Pogba himself was positioned on the left-hand side of the diamond and

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