EPL: Paul Pogba stunner sends Manchester United top with win at Fulham

Manchester United reclaimed pole position in the Premier League, as Paul Pogba's stunning second-half strike earned them a 2-1 victory at Fulham on Thursday (NZ time).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had been leapfrogged by Leicester City on Wednesday, and then Manchester City earlier on Thursday, but responded with an eighth away win of the season.

United moved to the top with 40 points from 19 games, two points above City, who have played a game less, and Leicester. It is the first time for eight years they have been top at the halfway stage of the season.

It had not looked good when Ademola Lookman rewarded the hosts for a bright start by firing home after five minutes.

But United, sluggish to begin with, came to life though and Edinson Cavani equalsied from close range in the 21st minute after a mistake by Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola.

A rejuvenated Pogba earned United a vital in the 65th minute when he cut in and arrowed an unstoppable shot past Areola.

Earlier, Manchester City claimed a sixth successive Premier League win, as they beat Aston Villa 2-0 in a pulsating clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City have now won nine straight games in all competitions as part of an unbeaten run stretching back 16 games.