David de Gea and Harry Maguire’s pleas to Marcus Rashford before Man Utd winner

Manchester United jumped ahead into top spot in the Premier League table after a Paul Pogba volley earned them a 1-0 lead against Burnley on Tuesday night, with Marcus Rashford providing a superb assist.

The young winger collected the ball on the right flank with Erik Pieters baring down on him.

His first cross hit the first man and came back to him, before he beautifully curled the ball over the edge of the box to Pogba, who struck the ball first time into the back of the net.

Rashford had a fairly quiet game beforehand, but goalkeeper David de Gea could be heard encouraging him before the goal came.

The Manchester Evening News claims de Gea shouted “Come on, Rashy! Come on!” as he collected the ball.

The report also notes the last time he was heard shouting that was against Wolves, when Rashford scored an injury time winner at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire was also apparently heard shouting encouragement to Rashford as he collected the ball.

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He apparently called on Rashford to “take him on” instead of whip in the cross, which he ended up doing.

It is the first time United have been top of the Premier League past the Christmas period since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, and Gary Neville believes fans have every reason to get excited.

He explained to Sky Sports that he thinks fans should start getting excited.

Neville said: "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," said Neville.

"It's a strange season. Why shouldn't Manchester United fans believe? Why shouldn't this side believe? Look at the front three, look at that midfield four, look at 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."

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