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Man Utd beat Spurs to make it six wins out of six under Solskjaer

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David de Gea made a string of saves in the second halfManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a Wembley masterclass as interim manager Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer made it six wins out of six to damage Tottenham's Premier League title ambitions.Marcus Rashford's low finish from Paul Pogba's superb pass on the stroke of half-time stretched Solskjaer's flawless start - but the Norwegian had De Gea to thank for a magnificent display as Spurs laid siege to United's goal after the break.The Spaniard made a succession of crucial interventions, 11 in total, including many with his feet, as Spurs tried in vain to avoid a defeat that makes their task of keeping pace with Liverpool and Manchester City even more arduous.
United showed great resilience to back up their early positive approach but it was De Gea who broke Spurs' hearts by denying Harry Kane on several occasions, as well as Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld.The result leaves Spurs nine points behind leaders Liverpool and United level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal as they revive their top-four hopes.
Live reaction from Sunday's game at Wembley
Solskjaer staking his claim
Few would have placed Solskjaer as a serious contender on any list to replace Jose Mourinho when he was sacked as United boss in December.And while he may not be the front-runner yet, he has done everything asked of him and this victory against a team in title contention - and with a manager in Mauricio Pochettino who many regard as favourite to be next in the chair at Old Trafford - was the biggest statement of his credentials yet.Make no mistake, Solskjaer relied hugely on De Gea's brilliance as he formed a one-man barrier to defy Spurs to secure this win, but he also arrived with a positive mindset and team selection that put United right in the game and led to them getting that half-time lead through Rashford's goal on the counter-attack.This was his sternest test after a relatively friendly introductory fixture list and, with the help of De Gea, he was able to complete it successfully.Solskjaer has given a disaffected squad unity of purpose once more, with Pogba seemingly instantly rejuvenated by Mourinho's departure, and this run of wins has rebuilt fractured confidence and belief.The odds on may yet be against Solskjaer claiming the job permanently as other names, such as England manager Gareth Southgate and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, are mentioned, but if he is undertaking an audition, wins like this do his chances no harm.
Spurs pay for lack of cutting edge
De Gea gave a brilliant demonstration of goalkeeping - showing that feet can be utilised as successfully as hands when the occasion demands - but there was also real cause for frustration for Spurs.Pochettino's side created chance after chance after half-time only to be thwarted by De Gea, captain Kane his victim on several occasions.No-one could question Spurs' heart or application but they may feel they could - and should - have done better with many of their opportunities, often giving De Gea the chance to make the saves when more accurate finishing would have left him with no hope.This result is a bitter blow to Spurs as they try to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City and the sight of Kane limping heavily and accompanied by a physio after the final whistle is an added worry for Pochettino.Spurs have had damaging home defeats to Wolves and now United in recent weeks - they cannot afford many more if they are to maintain a meaningful title pursuit.
Man of the match - David de Gea
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There is no debate over this one. Without De Gea, United would not have only surrendered their victory, but would have probably suffered a heavy defeat.
'Man Utd expect to win every game' - what they said
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I am so pleased and I'm proud. After four and a half years, the second half was the best performance I have seen Tottenham play. It was amazing. In football, sometimes you deserves to win and don't and other times, you do not and you win. That is why we love football."We conceded a counter-attack in the first half but the second was the best performance I have seen. We were not clinical and sometimes you score with less opportunities but it is nothing to complain about. The team played unbelievable football and everyone who watched the game can feel the same as myself."Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: "You expect to win every single game at Manchester United. You won't, but you must think that. That's the mentality of this group."In the first half we were excellent and in the second they put us under pressure. We could have scored a few as well but we had a good back four and David [de Gea] was unbelievable."We created enough chances to put the game away by the break, but if you don't score you will be under pressure. We defended fantastically."
Solskjaer matches Busby - the stats
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Sir Matt Busby's all-time record of winning his first five league games in charge of Manchester United.
Tottenham have lost consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since May 2015.
Tottenham have lost four home league games this season - double the amount they had lost at home in their previous two Premier League campaigns combined (2).
United have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League - they had only kept two in their first 20 league matches this season.
Marcus Rashford has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.
Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 53% of United's 15 Premier League goals since Solskjaer took charge (4 goals, 4 assists).
De Gea made 11 saves - only against Arsenal in December 2017 has he ever made more in a Premier League match (14). This was the most saves he has made in a top-five European league game while also keeping a clean sheet.
Tottenham's Harry Kane had seven shots in this match - he last had more without finding the net in a Premier League game in January 2018 (8 vs Manchester United).
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Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Tottenham
1Lloris
2Trippier
4Alderweireld
5Vertonghen
33Davies
8WinksSubstituted forLlorenteat 81'minutes
17SissokoSubstituted forLamelaat 43'minutes
23Eriksen
20AlliBooked at 50mins[/i]
10Kane
7Son Heung-Min
Substitutes
3Rose
6D Sanchez
11Lamela
18Llorente
21Foyth
22Gazzaniga
52Skipp
Man Utd
1De Gea
18Young
2Lindelof
4Jones
23Shaw
31Matic
21HerreraBooked at 66mins[/i]
6PogbaBooked at 78mins[/i]Substituted forMcTominayat 90+2'minutes
14LingardSubstituted forDalotat 83'minutes
10Rashford
11MartialSubstituted forLukakuat 73'minutes
Substitutes
8Mata
9Lukaku
15Pereira
17Fred
20Dalot
22Romero
39McTominay
Referee:Mike DeanAttendance:80,062
Match Stats
Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamMan UtdPossessionHome61%Away39%ShotsHome21Away13Shots on TargetHome11Away8CornersHome7Away4FoulsHome8Away8
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 1.Posted at 90'+3' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Luke Shaw.
Substitution
Posted at 90'+2' Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Paul Pogba.Posted at 90'+2' Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Shaw.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ander Herrera.Posted at 89' Attempt saved. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.Posted at 87' Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.Posted at 86' Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernando Llorente with a headed pass.Posted at 85' Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).Posted at 85' Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 84' Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 84' Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
Substitution
Posted at 83' Substitution, Manchester United. Diogo Dalot replaces Jesse Lingard.Posted at 82' Foul by Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur).Posted at 82' Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 81' Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 81' Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).
Substitution
Posted at 81' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Harry Winks.Posted at 79' Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Erik Lamela.
Booking
Posted at 78' Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 78' Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78' Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).Posted at 77' Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 74' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by David De Gea.Posted at 74' Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution
Posted at 73' Substitution, Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku replaces Anthony Martial.Posted at 72' Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).Posted at 72' Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 71' Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 70' Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 70' Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).Posted at 70' Attempt saved. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.Posted at 70' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.Posted at 70' Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.Posted at 67' Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Booking
Posted at 66' Ander Herrera (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 66' Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 66' Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).Posted at 66' Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.
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