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Rashford and De Gea the heroes as United stun Spurs at Wembley

13/01/2019 at 17:21Updated 14/01/2019 at 10:21

Premier League, Wembley Stadium – Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester United 1 (Rashford 44’)

Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer with an impressive 1-0 success over Tottenham at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford struck the only goal of an entertaining contest with a low drive into the far corner after Paul Pogba had sent him free with a sublime through pass on the stroke of half time.

The result sees Solskjaer become the first ever Red Devils boss to win his opening six matches in all competitions. It also moves sixth-placed United level with Arsenal and within six points of Chelsea in fourth.

Spurs failed to test David De Gea at all in the first half, but it was a completely different story after the break as the inspired Spanish stopper produced a series of magnificent saves to somehow keep Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Co at bay.

The hosts will feel their overall display merited at least a draw but they were ultimately made to pay for their profligacy and the sloppy error from Kieran Trippier that led to United's goal. Mauricio Pochettino's men remain third and nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

Next weekend, United will be hoping its seventh heaven when they entertain Brighton while Spurs will aim to bounce back at Fulham.

TALKING POINT

Solskjaer passes his first big test. There has been plenty of talk about how Solskjaer has rejuvenated United, but he knows his side would have been expected to win his opening five fixtures in all competitions. This was the big test against a manager widely tipped to be on United's radar to take the hot-seat on a permanent basis - and the Norwegian passed it with flying colours. It's not just the results that have given United fans reason for real optimism. Solskjaer has brought a return of the attacking verve and relentless threat on the counter attack that was a staple under Sir Alex Ferguson. The caretaker boss has also impressed with the way he has conducted himself in the media, demonstrating his awareness of the United way and the traditions of the club. There is still a long way to go, but this was a real barometer of the improvements he has made in a short period of time. Every player is willing to work tirelessly and Pogba's dramatic improvement since his arrival is a case in point. There are 16 league games to go and some big cup games ahead, but on this evidence United look very capable of turning around a season that seemed to be a write-off as recently as December 16 when they were put to the sword at Liverpool.

MAN OF THE MATCH

David De Gea. (Man United). On another day Pogba would have got the nod for a superb display at the heart of the midfield, but De Gea's contribution in the second 45 won the game. Only the Spain keeper knows how he managed to claim consecutive league clean sheets for the first time this season. He was a spectator for much of the first period, but made save after save in a one-sided second half - many with his feet - to keep his new gaffer's perfect run intact.

PLAYER RATINGS

SPURS: Lloris 8, Trippier 6, Alderweireld 7, Vertonghen 7, Davies 7, Sissoko 7, Winks 6, Eriksen 7, Alli 6, Son 7, Kane 7. Subs: Lamela 6, Llorente n/a.

MAN UNITED: De Gea 9, Young 7, Jones 7, Lindelof 7, Shaw 7, Matic 7, Herrera 7, Lingard 7, Pogba 8, Martial 7, Rashford 8. Subs: Lukaku 6, Dalot n/a, McTominay n/a.

KEY MOMENTS

9' - TOTTENHAM CHANCE! Spurs rip through United's defence for the first time. Son dances in from the left and slips a delightful pass in-behind for Winks who fails to find the far corner from a narrow angle.

44' - GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Man United. Pogba benefits from Trippier's poor pass and wastes little time sending Rashford clear. The forward takes one touch before fizzing a low shot across Lloris and into the far corner.

49' - TOTTENHAM CHANCES! Kane bursts free following a neat Spurs move, but De Gea is there to deny him with his feet. The Spaniard is then called into action again just seconds later when he pushes away Alli's downward header.

56' - MAN UNITED CHANCE! Pogba powers through the middle once again. The Frenchman follows up on his deflected shot to try and stab it over the advancing Lloris, but the French keeper gets fingers on it to ensure it drops just over the bar.

63' - MAN UNITED CHANCE! Martial does well on the left before teeing up Pogba who sees his first-time deflected effort from the edge of the box pushed to safety by the full-stretch dive of Lloris.

66' - TOTTENHAM CHANCE! Alli races clear into the right side of the box. He steadies himself but then sees his low effort thwarted by De Gea once more.

70' - TOTTENHAM CHANCE! Alderweireld meets Eriksen's right-wing corner on the volley but De Gea reacts brilliantly to kick it clear at his near post. The United keeper has been sensational in this half.

86' - TOTTENHAM CHANCE! Kane turns superbly in the box but sees another shot diverted to safety by the feet of De Gea.

KEY STATS

Rashford scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in his career.

The only top-flight league match in which David de Gea has made more saves than he did versus Tottenham Hotspur today (11) was against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on December 2nd 2017 (14).

No player has been involved in more Premier League goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjær became caretaker manager at Manchester United than Paul Pogba (eight - four goals, four assists).

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