Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a Wembley masterclass as meantime manager Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer made it six wins out of six to hurt Tottenham’s Premier League title ambitions.
Marcus Rashford’s low carry out from Paul Pogba’s astonishing spin on the stroke of 1/2-time stretched Solskjaer’s flawless originate – however the Norwegian had De Gea to thank for a fascinating portray as Spurs laid siege to United’s goal after the rupture.
The Spaniard made a succession of major interventions, Eleven in complete, at the side of many along with his ft, as Spurs tried in ineffective to guide clear of a defeat that makes their job of retaining lumber with Liverpool and Manchester City even extra arduous.
United confirmed wide resilience to relieve up their early sure ability but it no doubt turn into De Gea who broke Spurs’ hearts by denying Harry Kane on a couple of times, as properly as Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld.
The dwell consequence leaves Spurs 9 capabilities within the relieve of leaders Liverpool and United diploma on capabilities with fifth-positioned Arsenal as they revive their top-four hopes.
Solskjaer staking his claim
Few would prefer positioned Solskjaer as a famous contender on any list to replace Jose Mourinho when he turn into sacked as United boss in December.
And whereas he may presumably presumably now not be the front-runner but, he has done every little thing asked of him and this victory towards a team in title competition – and with a manager in Mauricio Pochettino who many regard as approved to be next within the chair at Frail Trafford – turn into the finest assertion of his credentials but.
Gather no mistake, Solskjaer relied hugely on De Gea’s brilliance as he fashioned a one-man barrier to defy Spurs to stable this come by, but he moreover arrived with a undeniable mindset and team different that assign United beautiful within the game and resulted in them getting that 1/2-time lead via Rashford’s goal on the counter-attack.
This turn into his sternest test after a relatively marvelous introductory fixture list and, with the help of De Gea, he turn into in a position to complete it efficiently.
Solskjaer has given a disaffected squad solidarity of motive as soon as extra, with Pogba seemingly at as soon as rejuvenated by Mourinho’s departure, and this trudge of wins has rebuilt fractured self assurance and belief.
The percentages on may presumably presumably moreover but be towards Solskjaer claiming the job permanently as other names, much like England manager Gareth Southgate and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, are talked about, but if he’s endeavor an audition, wins like this carry out his potentialities no hurt.
Spurs pay for lack of modern
De Gea gave an sufficient demonstration of goalkeeping – exhibiting that ft may presumably presumably moreover be utilised as efficiently as hands when the occasion demands – but there turn into moreover valid reason for frustration for Spurs.
Pochettino’s aspect created probability after probability after 1/2-time handiest to be thwarted by De Gea, captain Kane his sufferer on a couple of times.
No-one may presumably presumably moreover request Spurs’ coronary heart or application but they could presumably presumably moreover feel they could presumably presumably moreover – and can serene – like done better with a quantity of their alternatives, in overall giving De Gea the possibility to make a selection up the saves when extra correct finishing would prefer left him with out a hope.
This consequence is a bitter blow to Spurs as they fight to help lumber with Liverpool and Manchester City and the glimpse of Kane limping carefully and accompanied by a physio after the ideal whistle is an added anguish for Pochettino.
Spurs like had unfavorable residence defeats to Wolves and now United in recent weeks – they can’t afford many extra within the event that they are to help a meaningful title pursuit.
Man of the match – David de Gea
‘Man Utd are waiting for to come by every sport’ – what they acknowledged
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “I am so joyful and I’m proud. After four and a 1/2 years, the second 1/2 turn into the compatible performance I no doubt like viewed Tottenham play. It turn into astonishing. In soccer, most frequently you deserves to come by and originate now not and other times, you carry out now not and likewise you come by. That is why we address soccer.
“We conceded a counter-attack within the first 1/2 however the second turn into the compatible performance I no doubt like viewed. We had been now not clinical and most frequently you score with much less alternatives but it no doubt is nothing to complain about. The team performed not seemingly soccer and everyone who watched the game can feel the identical as myself.”
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: “You are waiting for to come by every single sport at Manchester United. You may presumably presumably moreover now not, but you should mediate that. That’s the mentality of this team.
“Within the first 1/2 we had been safe and within the second they assign us under tension. We may presumably presumably moreover like scored a few as properly but we had a correct relieve four and David [de Gea] turn into not seemingly.
“We created sufficient potentialities to assign the game away by the rupture, but must you originate now not score you may presumably be under tension. We defended beautifully.”
Solskjaer fits Busby – the stats
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Sir Matt Busby’s all-time fable of a hit his first five league games responsible of Manchester United.
- Tottenham like misplaced consecutive residence Premier League games for the first time since May 2015.
- Tottenham like misplaced four residence league games this season – double the amount that they had misplaced at residence in their earlier two Premier League campaigns blended (2).
- United like kept relieve-to-relieve trim sheets within the Premier League – that they had handiest kept two in their first 20 league fits this season.
- Marcus Rashford has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his occupation.
- Paul Pogba has been at as soon as fascinated about fifty three% of United’s 15 Premier League targets since Solskjaer took label (four targets, four assists).
- De Gea made Eleven saves – handiest towards Arsenal in December 2017 has he ever made extra in a Premier League match (14). This turn into essentially the most saves he has made in a top-five European league sport whereas moreover retaining a trim sheet.
- Tottenham’s Harry Kane had seven shots on this match – he ideal had extra without discovering the earn in a Premier League sport in January 2018 (8 vs Manchester United).
Manchester United return to Frail Trafford on Saturday, when Brighton are the company at 15:00 GMT. Spurs carry out now not play till next Sunday after they commute across London to meet Fulham at sixteen:00.