FT: Man United 2-1 Tottenham. United win - and what a win for Solskjaer! Rashford was absolutely superb, scoring twice, and that scoreline flatters Spurs as Mourinho tastes defeat on his Old Trafford return.
- 2nd Half
- SissokoLo Celso85'
- Rashford (P)49'
- 1st Half
Manchester United - Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League - 4 December 2019
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A swivelling Alli makes a good connection on his snapshot but De Gea makes a strong save.
Shaw looks to have released Rashford, but he's forced wide by the curve of the ball, hesitates and then sees his shit blocked.
Fred carries the ball clear from the corner and then plays in Shaw, but he is foolishly offside.
Wan-Bissaka blocks a cross but concedes a corner.
Four added minutes.
Son is finally getting into the game, but this time his cross is blocked.
De Gea saves a low shot from Ndombele that never had enough power to trouble him.
- OffJesse LingardManchester United
- OnLuke ShawManchester United
Shaw on, Lingard off.
- OffMoussa SissokoTottenham Hotspur
- OnGiovani Lo CelsoTottenham Hotspur
Lo Celso is Mourinho's last roll of the dice.
Aurier now crosses straight at De Gea.
McTominay loses the ball in a bad area and Spurs break, but Aurier ends up shooting straight at De Gea.
- OffMason GreenwoodManchester United
- OnAndreas PereiraManchester United
Greenwood - unspectacular but nonetheless commendable tonight - is replaced by Pereira. That should add a body in midfield.
Son makes room with a couple of step-overs and unleashes a pacy cross, but it;s too high for Aurier at the back post.
The game has lost its way in the last 10 minutes or so. That probably suits Spurs, but they are still far from dominant.
McTominay angrily bumps into Gazzaniga, leading the referee to have a word.
- OffHarry WinksTottenham Hotspur
- OnTanguy N'DombeleTottenham Hotspur
Winks makes way for Ndombele.
SPurs break from said corner and have a numbers advantage, but Sissoko slices a raking cross and that allows De Gea to claim.
With Wan-Bissaka on the overlap, James elects to shoot and Gazzaniga saves. United do win a corner though.
Winks is down after twisting his ankle.
- OffLucas MouraTottenham Hotspur
- OnChristian EriksenTottenham Hotspur
Moura, who has been quiet, makes way for Eriksen.
A teasing Aurier cross goes through the box without anyone getting a touch.
Old Trafford calls for James to shoot from range and he obliges, although Gazzaniga saves his curling effort with ease.
Mourinho has got to make a change, surely? Spurs being outplayed yet again this half.
Wan-Bissaka, Lingard and Greenwood are all involved in a beautiful and swift move, but Rashford's final ball is just a little too far ahead of James.
An amazing drought for a club like Man United.
Winks' poor delivery wastes a rare Spurs corner.
Son collects Moura's cross, delays the shot as he tries to find space and then sees his effort blocked by Fred when he does pull the trigger.
- Goal by penaltyMarcus RashfordManchester United
GOAL! Man United 2-1 Tottenham (Rashford pen). After a long wait, Rashford goes to the goalkeeper's left - Gazzaniga having started to go the other way - and the Red Devils are back ahead.
PENALTY! Rashford runs past Aurier and then Sissoko, who kicks outs and brings down the United man. That was an easy decision for the referee.
We're back underway.
HT: Man United 1-1 Tottenham. The hosts have produced one of their best halves of football this season but go in level after a piece of magic from Alli cancelled out Rashford's opener.
Three added minutes. Can United restore their lead before the interval?
Rashford os haring after a through ball but Gazzaniga gets there first. Rashford stays down after they collide, but will be okay.
VAR concludes there was no handball in there so the goal stands. Four goals in four games for Alli now since Mourinho took charge.
- GoalDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Man United 1-1 Tottenham (Alli). United look to have got away with it as De Gea saves with his legs from Aurier, but Alli beats two defenders with a sensational first touch which takes the ball over his head and he then pokes home! Brilliant.
As the Red Devils attack down the right, McTominay is fed the ball, carries it into the box and skips past a defender, but Sissoko is on hand to clear.
Tottenham have established something of a foothold in the game in the last few minutes, but are yet to turn possession into a chance.
Rashford is the difference and has been the best player by a country mile so far.
Kane looks to carry the ball forward and give his side some respite but Lindelof makes an excellent tackle to stop him in his tracks.
Lingard tries to bend one into the top corner but cannot quite wrap his foot around it. United are all over Spurs at the minute.
Rashford gets the ball in the box once more. Everyone knows he's going to shoot, this time curling an effort towards the back post, and Gazzaniga beats it away.
And again! A long way out, Rashford goes for goal and his dipping effort is tipped onto the bar by Gazzaniga.
Gazzaniga redeems himself with a great save! Lingard gets on the end of a low cross and lays the ball off for Greenwood, who hammers it goalwards but cannot beat the Argentine, who saves with his legs.
The hosts have a free-kick around 25 yards out. Rashford takes and goes for the post Gazzaniga is stationed closest to, hoping to catch the goalie out, but the ball fizzes narrowly wide. Gazzaniga had it covered as well.
James, back on the pitch, knocks the ball past Vertonghen and into the box, where Alderweireld is quickly across to snuff out the danger.
I would agree with this. Rashford struck it like a knuckleball free-kick - always going to be hard to stop from that range.
- Yellow cardHarry WinksTottenham Hotspur
Winks slides in late on James, who falls onto Mourinho and then tumbles down the little hill that surrounds the Old Trafford pitch. Winks is booked and James is being thoroughly checked.
Kane wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal, takes it and fails to hit the target.
Alderweireld prods a James cross away from danger. United had started promisingly, but that goal came from nowhere really.
Don't give up hope, Spurs fans.
- GoalMarcus RashfordManchester United
GOAL! Man United 1-0 Tottenham (Rashford). The ball breaks for Rashford inside the box and he has time to set himself. The angle is tight, but he unleashes a vicious strike and the ball bounces just in front of Gazzaniga, beating him at the near post!
Rashford runs at the Tottenham defence for the first time and moves the ball on to Lingard, who loses possession inside the opposition box.
Greenwood has started as United's central striker and Rashford is on the left.
Tottenham get the game started.
Alli and Kane have both scored three goals in Mourinho's first three games.
Paul Tierney is our referee.
Both teams will be in their traditional colours this evening.
The two managers share a handshake and friendly embrace in the tunnel. Not long to go now!
A Lucas Moura brace helped Tottenham win 3-0 here last season. United won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Wembley.
Central midfield has been a suspect area for United this season, so that battle will be an interesting one to watch this evening. McTominay has established himself as on the team's more consistent performers, so his return is a boost, but the inclusion of Winks by Mourinho suggests he thinks Spurs can dominate possession.
No Tottenham manager has ever won their first three Premier League games with the club. Mourinho could change that tonight.
A man with a foot in both camps, Dimitar Berbatov is at Old Trafford tonight.
Managerial drama aside, this game is a significant one in the race for the top four. The chasing pack is bunched up, with the teams in fifth and 11th separated by just three points, and the Red Devils - currently 10th on 18 points - will leapfrog Spurs if they win. Depending on the Wolves result, a Tottenham will could see them return to 5th. Despite their poor start to the campaign, they are only six point off a Champions League place.
Rashford has eight goals in his last 10 games for club and country. That doesn’t include his effort against Villa last time out.
Mourinho was in a philosophical mood in his pre-game press conference, attributing a quote to Nelson Mandela that he almost certainly did not say and insisting “I am Tottenham.”
Tottenham have gone nine Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet. On their travels, it's 14 league matches without a clean sheet.
Lacas Moura, Spurs' hero here last season, is one of two changes Mourinho has made to the Tottenham team. Harry Winks is the other man who comes in, with Christian Eriksen again left on the bench. This looks like a team with plenty of pace to hit United on the break and not one designed to stop the opposition playing - maybe he has changed after all.
TOTTENHAM: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Moura, Kane. Subs: Austin, Rose, Foyth, Dier, Ndombele, Eriksen, Lo Celso.
With that in mind, Solskjaer makes four changes to the team that drew with Aston Villa last time out. The headline inclusion is 18-year-old Mason Greenwood, who replaces the injured Anthony Martial, while fit-again Scott McTominay, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard also come into the team. Featuring just the two central midfielders, it's a fairly attacking line-up.
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, Fred, McTominay, James, Lingard, Greenwood, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Williams, Garner, Pereira, Mata.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham Hotspur's trip to Old Trafford, where there will be as much attention paid to the touchline as the pitch as Jose Mourinho faces Manchester United for the first time since he was sacked by United last season. As if that wasn't enough narrative to accompany a game between two top-four rivals, the spectre of ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino looms large over United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose future is far from certain.