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De Gea, Rashford seal Ole's sixth win

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By Jack Wilkinson

Football journalist - @jacktwilkinson

Last Updated: 13/01/19 6:42pm

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David de Gea produced a string of superb saves as Manchester United held on to beat Tottenham 1-0 and secure a sixth win in a row for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner late in the first half but Solskjaer was indebted to De Gea, who withstood a second-half Spurs barrage to seal the historic victory for the United interim manager.

The sixth straight win victory sees Solskjaer confirm the best start of any manager in Manchester United's history, and sees him equal Sir Matt Busby's five wins in his first five league games.

United move level with fifth-placed Arsenal as a result, and to within six points of the top four. Spurs remain third, nine points off Liverpool after suffering a huge dent in their title aspirations.

De Gea

It was billed as Solskjaer's toughest assignment to date but there was no change in philosophy from the United interim boss in a first half full of attacking flare. Spurs registered the first attempt on goal inside nine minutes when Harry Winks dragged a shot wide after good hold-up play from Heung-Min Son, but that was where the script ended as United asserted themselves.

Ander Herrera brilliantly controlled a Pogba diagonal pass, whipped a peach of a cross into the area which was flicked onto Jesse Lingard at the back post, but the England international blazed over. A minute later a rapid counter involving Pogba and Anthony Martial presented Rashford which a sight of goal but, having opted not to square for Lingard, he could not generate enough power on his left foot to beat Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham 0-1 Manchester Utd

Pogba continued to pull the strings in midfield as he won back possession on halfway on 18 minutes and released Martial, who weaved his way into the area before drawing Lloris into action at his near post.

Harry Kane led the Spurs response, bringing a corner under control on 25 minutes, only for his shot to be blocked by Phil Jones, before the Spurs skipper had his close-range tap-in ruled out for offside on the half-hour.

Spurs lost Moussa Sissoko to injury just before half-time and United applied further salt to the wound as a raking Pogba pass played Rashford in behind, and he superbly rifled the opener into the far corner in the final minute of the half.

Spurs laid siege to the United goal after the interval but came across an inspired De Gea. Kane fired a low drive at the feet of the United goalkeeper within minutes of the restart, before Alli saw a header clawed off the line by the Spaniard at full stretch.

Paul Pogba clashes with Kieran Trippier

Lloris then denied compatriot Pogba from doubling United's lead with a towering header before tipping his lofted shot onto the roof of the net before the hour mark.

Kane headed a corner straight at De Gea while under pressure from Jones on 59 minutes, before the Spurs striker and Erik Lamela transpired to waste another opportunity, after Kieran Trippier's cross from the right.

But the best was yet to come from De Gea. Alli was denied at the end of a counter before Toby Alderweireld's deft near-post flick from a corner was superbly kept out. Alli and Kane continued to pepper the United goal to no avail as the impenetrable De Gea sealed the victory.

Opta statsOle Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled 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'd lost at home in their previous two Premier League campaigns combined (2).Manchester United have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League - they'd only kept two in their first 20 league matches this season.Man Utd's 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 Man Utd's 15 Premier League goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge (4 goals, 4 assists).David de Gea made 11 saves in this match for Man Utd - only against Arsenal in December 2017 has he ever made more in a Premier League match (14). This was the most saves he's 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 Man Utd).Man of the Match - David de Gea De Gea

It's been a while since we've seen a performance like that from David de Gea. To be honest, he hasn't had much to do recently, but this exemplary display of goalkeeping was a timely reminder of his unrivalled quality. You could even argue that was his greatest performance in a United shirt, given the magnitude of the occasion. With him in between the sticks at one end, and a rejuvenated attack at the other, these are promising times for United and the Solskjaer revolution.

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