Four lessons learned from Manchester United 1-0 win over Tottenham
Manchester United battled to a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley.
It showed new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can get results against the big teams, ending any criticism that his early fixtures were ‘too easy’.
It was a performance to savour and there is a lot to be excited about.
Here is a look at four key points from United’s victory…
Marcus Rashford deserves top choice striker role
One chance was all he needed, and Marcus Rashford obliged.
Put through by Paul Pogba’s excellent scything pass, Rashford scored from a tight angle to give United the lead just before half-time.
It was a big call from Solskjaer to start Rashford ahead of Romelu Lukaku, who has three goals in his last three games.
Rashford justified his selection, and when Lukaku came on late in the game, he was nowhere near as incisive when put through, and lost possession.
David de Gea is among the greats
As if there was any doubt, David de Gea is up there with Manchester United’s modern greats.
His performance against Tottenham was terrific, making 11 saves, bringing back memories of his display away to Arsenal last season.
De Gea may lack the Champions League medal which Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar can boast, but on talent and performances alone, he is equal to them both.
He may have earned himself a few extra thousand a week in his contract negotiations with his performance.
Solskjaer has United playing as a team
The first half of the season was plagued by speculation Jose Mourinho had lost the United dressing room.
It was tough to know what to believe, but the performances since his exit shows what a difference Solskjaer’s positivity has made.
The players all seem on the same page, working together not to let their teammates down.
Victor Lindelöf celebrated every Tottenham miss as if it was a goal scored for United.
Top four is well and truly on
Jose Mourinho was sacked partly because it seemed a top four place had become a impossibility this season.
Five league wins in a row have put United back in contention.
We are already level on points with fifth placed Arsenal, just six back from Chelsea in fourth, who are just a point behind Tottenham.
Solskjaer can lead United to a Champions League place and surely land the job for next season and beyond.