Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned the primary Manchester United supervisor to win his first six video games as his facet ran out 1-Zero winners in opposition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.
The 2 sides started strongly, with each Harry Winks and Marcus Rashford having good possibilities to open the scoring early on. Harry Kane had a purpose accurately dominated out for offside, earlier than United deservedly took the lead. Rashford continued his electrical kind beneath Solskjaer and confidently drilled the ball throughout Hugo Lloris and into the underside nook to offer United the lead shortly earlier than the break.
Probabilities weren’t onerous to come back by within the early levels of the second half, with Lloris and David De Gea each pressured into a number of wonderful saves to maintain the scoreline because it was. The attacking intent from each side was clear, with the likes of Kane and Paul Pogba coming shut. De Gea was in particularly high-quality kind, denying Kane and Dele Alli with a collection of gorgeous saves.
Pochettino’s facet pressed closely, however couldn’t discover a well past a resolute United defence. Victor Lindelof and De Gea have been each excellent, and so they fought onerous to earn a monumental 1-Zero victory.
Key Speaking Level
One thing went very incorrect for Tottenham at Wembley. They merely didn’t appear like themselves, misplacing cross after cross and struggling to interrupt down a resolute United defence. Arising in opposition to De Gea in such impressed kind isn’t simple, however Tottenham didn’t assist themselves in any respect and have been responsible of some irritating choices in assault.
Their poor efficiency within the first half left them chasing the sport, and so they can not afford to present high sides so many possibilities to take the initiative in video games.
Tottenham have been definitely unfortunate to lose Moussa Sissoko to damage within the first half, and this proved to be a turning level within the recreation. Not solely did Tottenham lose their main supply of physicality in midfield, however Christian Eriksen was pressured to drop right into a deeper position, decreasing his effectiveness. Finally, they discovered themselves missing a innovative, and it value them.
Beginning XI: Lloris (6); Trippier (5), Alderweireld (5), Vertonghen (6), Davies (5); Sissoko (6), Winks (5), Eriksen (5); Alli (6), Son (6), Kane (5).
Substitutes: Lamela (6), Llorente (N/A).
STAR MAN – Son Heung-min
It was a story of two halves for Tottenham. They struggled to create something vital within the first half, earlier than trying to be a totally completely different facet after the break. A number of attackers appeared decided to make an affect, led by an enormous effort from Son.
The Korean appeared energetic and artistic, and Tottenham will definitely miss him as he departs for worldwide obligation. He was unable to make the distinction in opposition to United, however it definitely was not for lack of attempting.
Followers jumped on Twitter to precise their delight at Son’s impression.
Son Heung-Min has develop into much more influential than Dele Ali within the Spurs arrange. Dele Ali’s improvement appears to have stalled
— BabaAlaje (@SunkanmiShams) January 13, 2019
Son Heung-min is a job mannequin within the matter of labor’s depth. Depth within the side of psychological focus. At all times lively, at all times on the lookout for assist with imaginative and prescient and able to break the tempo, attacking the area from the deep. It is onerous to discover a participant of comparable profile. #TOTMUN
— SM (@slawekmorawski) January 13, 2019
WORST PLAYER – Christian Eriksen
When Sissoko was pressured off the sphere by damage shortly earlier than the half-time break, it was Eriksen who dropped deep into midfield to exchange him. Nonetheless, Eriksen discovered himself surrounded by United’s energetic midfield, giving him little or no time to function. In consequence, he didn’t impose himself, and Tottenham definitely wanted extra from him.
Key Speaking Level
Coming into this match, the main focus was on Mauricio Pochettino, who has been closely linked with the United job in latest months. Nonetheless, Solskjaer really cemented himself as a number one candidate for the position on Sunday night.
This was the largest take a look at of Solskjaer’s United tenure so far, and he handed with flying colors. Tactically, he set the staff as much as cope with Tottenham’s creativity. The midfield trio of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba labored tirelessly to stifle their opponents, and the likes of Rashford and Lindelof look to be taking part in with a newfound freedom and confidence.
Sure, United wanted a monumental effort from De Gea in purpose, however they deserved as a lot. The gamers look to be having fun with their time with Solskjaer, and the Norwegian undoubtedly proved why he deserves to be thought of for the everlasting position.
Beginning XI: De Gea* (10); Younger (7), Jones (7), Lindelof (8), Shaw (7); Matic (7), Herrera (7), Pogba (7); Lingard (6), Martial (7); Rashford (8).
Substitutes: Lukaku (5), Dalot (N/A), McTominay (N/A).
STAR MAN – David De Gea
There’s an excellent motive why De Gea is considered as one of many world’s most interesting goalkeepers. It is as a result of he is an outstanding shot stopper, and his expertise have been really on present at Wembley.
United wanted him to maintain out the likes of Kane, Alli and Toby Alderweireld, and De Gea was as much as the problem. Whether or not it was together with his toes or his palms, De Gea pulled off a shocking string of saves to maintain his facet forward, and deserves an enormous quantity of credit score for United’s victory.
It was a sensational efficiency from the Spaniard, and followers have been fast to reward De Gea on Twitter.
De Gea isn’t human. Go it on.
— Stephen Howson (@MrStephenHowson) January 13, 2019
WORST PLAYER – Jesse Lingard
It was on no account a poor efficiency from Jesse Lingard. Nonetheless, with the remainder of his teammates in impressed kind, he struggled to make his mark on the match. He may have wished to have been extra influential in assault, however United followers will definitely not be apprehensive.
Tottenham might be trying to return to successful methods after they journey to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on Sunday.
As for United, they are going to be trying to make it seven consecutive wins after they host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.