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Record-breaking Solskjaer: 'We came to attack Spurs'

13/01/2019 at 18:57Updated 13/01/2019 at 19:08

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his side came to Wembley to attack Tottenham Hotspur.

The win for United represented a number of records for Solskjaer, who has the job at least until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The Norweigan is the second manager for the club to win his first five league games in charge, equalling Sir Matt Busby's record.

His run of six consecutive victories in all competitions, however, is his record and his alone.

That has allowed him to cut the deficit he inherited of eight points behind Arsenal to nothing, as the club aim for a Champions League finish, and the win against Spurs represented United's first win of the season against the Big Six - including rivals Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Solskjaer told BBC Sport: "We could have scored a few as well but we had a good back four and David de Gea in behind them was unbelievable.

"When you have pace up front and Jesse Lingard is so clever in between the lines the goal was great - it was something we worked on.

"We created enough chances to put the game away on the break, but if you don't score you will be under pressure. We defended fantastically.

"De Gea - he should have held a couple! I've played with a few fantatsic goalkeepers, we have a tradition of having them and he has grown and grown, he deserves that man of the match today.

"You expect to win every single game at Man United. You won't, but you must go in thinking that. Thet's the mentality of this group."

Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer explained they came to London to attack: "Results wise, to come away here and beat Tottenham is fantastic.

"We hung on in the second half and we never got to grips with it when they changed the system, but you are allowed to have a good goalkeeper.

"When you have the pace of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and the cleverness of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, the plan was to attack with pace. Marcus took his goal brilliantly and the pass from Paul was half of the goal.

"We have seen Spurs play and we thought that would be the right plan and it's good we have different plans for different teams. I thought we showed we were here to compete, in particular, the first half."

Manchester United's goalscorer Marcus Rashford explained the new manager has made the side work harder: "That's the most difficult game, the hardest we have had to work for a result [under Solskjaer] but we put the work in. It doesn't matter, we got the points.

"The near post save form the corner was the best one! We played a different system against a team like this. This is what we have to do to beat the top teams.

"It's a good responsibility to be the main striker but everyone has chipped in. It was the keeper today."

Paul Pogba contrasted his form with that under Mourinho, stating: "I am enjoying playing my football now. I like to be more attacking, I had to defend too much before and that is not my best attribute. This is my position.

"The manager tells me to get into the box and score goals. The best example is Frank Lampard."