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Premier League: Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United – Match Report and Talking Points

Marcus Rashford‘s first-half goal handed Manchester United a closely-contested win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday night. 

The win at Wembley was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sixth on the trot since taking the reins from Jose Mourinho, making him the first manager in the Manchester United’ history to win his first six games, overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s 73-year-old record of five.

The two sides started brightly, engaging in end-to-end football right from the very beginning. Jesse Lingard and Harry Winks came close to scoring for their respective sides but failed to keep their composure in front of goal.

Tottenham skipper, Harry Kane, had a goal ruled out for offside before the visitors, deservedly, drew first blood. A superb bit of work from Paul Pogba played Marcus Rashford through on goal, who made no mistake converting from close range.

Also Read: 5 reasons why Mourinho failed at Manchester United

The second half saw Tottenham fix their first-half lapses and take the game to the Red Devils. Thankfully for the visitors, their ever-reliable shot-stopper, David De Gea was in an inspiring form and effortlessly parried away respectable attempts from Kane, Dele Alli, and Toby Alderweireld.

The hosts came hard at the Red Devils, but sadly, couldn’t find a way past United’s poised back-line. As for United, they once again showed how far they have come under Solskjaer, and why they are more than capable of clinching a Champions League spot.

Talking Points

A Night to Forget for Tottenham

Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have deservedly emerged as one of the most flamboyant teams in the English top-flight. Against an in-form Manchester United, they needed to be at their ruthless best, but sadly, things did not plan out the way the Wembley crowd had expected.

They misplaced pass after pass, lost their footing, and struggled to break down United’s resolute back-line. Moussa Dembele’s injury in the first half forced Christian Eriksen to drop deep, costing Spurs their attacking edge in the final third.

An Engaging but Wasteful First Half

Both Manchester United and Tottenham have a reputation for playing end-to-end attacking football, often leading to a flurry of great goals. Last night, Wembley was treated to some brilliant football, but the goals just wouldn’t come by.

Harry Winks got the first opportunity of the night for Tottenham but failed to keep his effort on target. United returned the favor by missing back-to-back chances, with both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial failing to trouble Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris.

David De Gea Delivers, Again

Over the years, Manchester United have seen some ups and downs. They have been at their brilliant best, and also at their disappointing, confusing worst. Amid the unpredictable flux, one United player has stood firm, always doing his best to protect his club from humiliation.

Last night, David De Gea, once again, showed why many of us hail him as one of the best in the business. He weathered the Tottenham Hotspur onslaught with grace, making a whopping 11 saves – his highest-ever tally in a top-flight fixture without conceding a goal. He was chosen as the Man of the Match, and even his harshest critics wouldn’t have dared to argue.

Solskjaer 1-0 Pochettino

Ahead of the match, many were tipping Sunday’s clash as an audition for the managerial hot seat at the Theatre of Dreams. Both managers played down the speculation, of course, but it certainly was a tad more than a ‘regular’ top-six clash.

Against an experienced Premier League manager like Pochettino, Solskjaer needed to be at his tactical best. And fortunately for the traveling fans, they Norwegian came prepared. He exploited every vulnerability Tottenham had and made sure his Red Devils had the final laugh.

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