Manchester United tightened their grip on second place in the Premier League with a hugely impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham yesterday.

United took revenge for October’s 6-1 defeat and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer landed a blow on his predecessor Jose Mourinho.

Here’s a look at five things we absolutely loved from a very sweet afternoon in north London…

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1. Mental resilience

United were robbed of an opening goal by a poor VAR decision and found themselves 1-0 down five minutes later.

In such a frustrating situation, the players could have lost their heads but they didn’t.

United came out after half-time and absolutely bossed the game, ensuring that Son Heung-min’s theatrics were a footnote rather the headline story post-match.

There have been plenty of comebacks on the road this season but the quality of the opponent and the first half setbacks set this one apart.

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2. Pogba’s performance

Pogba was fielded on the left of a front three and produced the game’s most influential performance.

His sumptuous pass through Serge Aurier’s legs should have set up the opener and he shrugged aside Eric Dier to set up Mason Greenwood’s strike to seal it.

Pogba and Mourinho were loggerheads by the end of the Portuguese’s Old Trafford reign and the midfielder looked determined to prove a point to his former boss yesterday.

Pogba in this sort of form makes United a far better team.

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3. Pinpoint passing

The buildup to Fred’s equalising goal was absolutely outstanding.

United cut Spurs apart right through the middle with precise interplay Mourinho’s men couldn’t live with.


It was a surprise to see Fred between the posts in the six-yard box but the quality of the play before that deserved a goal.

It’s the type of intricate passing United need to produce more regularly to break down deep, stubborn defences.

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4. Cavani’s clearance

Cavani put in one of his best performances in a red shirt, as if he was keen to show everyone just how committed he is to the club in the closing weeks of the season.

He netted one and as we’ve touched on, he was robbed of another in the first half.

But he also made a telling contribution in his own box in the second half, heading the ball away from under his own bar with Moussa Sissoko waiting to nod home.

That underlined what an effort the whole team put in yesterday, and was almost as crucial as his exploits in front of Tottenham’s goal.

5. Full time scenes

There were a number of priceless photos taken at full-time.

Mourinho ashen-faced as he greeted Luke Shaw, the man whose confidene he battered during his United reign, was probably the best.

There’s also a grinning Solskjaer walking off behind a sullen Mourinho, which basically summed up the game.

United aren’t perfect under Solskjaer but they appear harmonious, enjoying their football and improving.

Spurs are the opposite under Mourinho and it mirrors the end of his time at United. That made yesterday’s win even sweeter.

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