Manchester United’s Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, became the first Manchester United manager to win his first 6 games after a Marcus Rashford goal and a master class in goal keeping from David de Gea earn the Red Devils a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley.
The Spanish international was in exceptional form as Tottenham through everything they had at United in the second half, with de Gea making a number of crucial stops and blocks, a total of 11 during the game, some of which were with his feet. In the process he denied the likes of Harry Kane multiply times, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld as Spurs tried in vein to fine an equaliser.
In complete contrast to the last time these teams meet, United started the brighter and took the game to Tottenham in a half that saw both sides miss realistic chances to open the scoring. However, it was United on the stoke of half time that converted the chance with United pouncing forward on the counter attack, Paul Pogba again the architect produced a superb pass to Marcus Rashford (pictured) for the England striker to collect on the run before sending a low well placed finish past Hugo Lloris and in to the bottom corner of the net.
From the moment the second half kicked off it was all about Spurs as they produced some excellent attacking football, with only the brilliance of de Gea and the new resilience that Solskjaer as in bedded in the team keeping the visitors in the game.
Just to make matters worse for the Tottenham fans, they had to see star striker Harry Kane limp off in the final minutes after a heavy challenge. If you add that to the fact that Moussa Sissoko also had to be replaced just prior to the opening goal and the fact Son Heung-min will be heading to the Asia Cup for the next few weeks, any significant injury to the England Skipper could become a massive issue for Mauricio Pochettino and his team.
After a run of games that have realistically allowed Solskjaer to easy into his new position, this game was also going to show everyone just what if any real difference his arrival has done for the team.
For Solskjaer it shows he could be a true contender to the permanent position, as he has now transformed the side back into a true top four contender, with the result now seeing them draw level with fifth placed Arsenal in the league, with only goal difference separating them. It also means they are now just 6 points behind Chelsea in the all important 4th league spot.
For Tottenham the result was a massive set back in their title hopes as they missed the chance to return to second and with Manchester City still to play Wolverhampton tonight (Monday) Victory would open up a five point gap between second and third.