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Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has urged his teammates to take advantage of their game in hand over rivals Liverpool and secure top spot in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are currently level on points with Liverpool but behind them on goal difference.

However, they will go top of the table if they avoid defeat against Burnley on Tuesday and they will then make the trip to Anfield on Sunday for a crunch clash with the defending champions.

"We want to be top of the league, you know, and this is the time to do it," Tuanzebe said after helping keep a clean sheet in United's 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup third round.

Defender Axel Tuanzebe impressed in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup third round
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"Two games that can really cement our position at the top and we just bounce on from there."

The 23-year-old started the game alongside Eric Bailly but the Ivorian international was forced off before the end of the first-half after colliding with goalkeeper Dean Henderson, sparking fears of a concussion.

When asked about Bailly, Tuanzebe replied: "He’s fine .He’s alright, that’s the main thing. It’s good to see that he’s alright.

Eric Bailly was substituted in the first-half after a collision with Dean Henderson
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"He’s a warrior, that’s what he does for us. He gets in the way of things so good to see that he’s alright and should be training in the next week or so."

The game against Watford was Tuanzebe's first start since the Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Everton in December and saw the defender get some much-needed minutes under his belt before a busy run of games.

"Sometimes games like this are scrappy," he added. "A lot of changes to the team, so it’s hard to have a rhythm, a pattern of play, but job done.

"I’m feeling alright. I would obviously love to get more minutes, so I can constantly keep my performances up.

"Obviously the team are doing well so the only way in is really to force myself in by playing well in the chances that I do get.

"Sometimes they can just come out of the blue but the main thing today is that we kept a clean sheet and we won the game."