Alan Shearer explains why Manchester United have overtaken Liverpool in Premier League

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Manchester United’s togetherness and organisation has deservedly catapulted them to the top of the Premier League table, according to Newcastle legend Alan Shearer. United moved three points clear of rivals and reigning champions Liverpool on Tuesday with a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley.

It has been some turnaround for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with many calling for his head earlier this season.

United are unbeaten away from home in the league this term ahead of Sunday’s trip to Anfield to play Liverpool.

Shearer says an attitude change from the Red Devils’ players has led to the rise up the table.

“They’re the in-form team,” Shearer told Premier League Productions.

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“Man City are playing well and getting the right results and scoring goals.

“But when you look at Man United, the improvement from them, I think certainly defensively.

“When you look at where they were against Tottenham Hotspur at home and where they were in that game, to where they are now.

“Togetherness, I think the willingness to fight and scrap for each other, they certainly look far more organised to me than they have been in a while, and they look like a team.

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“They look like a team that wants to work and scrap for each other and that’s what they deserve, they deserve to be where they are.

“And I don’t think even the biggest of Man United supporters would have said they would have been in this position eight or nine weeks ago.”

Solskjaer is excited to play Liverpool this weekend, claiming it is the best time to face Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And he is even more pleased to be heading to Merseyside clear at the top.

“It’s a brilliant position to be in,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“Of course we know we’re going to the champions, they’ve had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons so we know that’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’re ready for it.

“I think we couldn’t have asked for a better time to play them, because we’re in good shape, in good form, we’re hungry – that’s the big thing, these boys are hungry.

“They want to get better and that’s a test again, a test of character and a test of quality.”

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