Manchester United keep on winning. Sixth consecutive victory under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came after a 1-0 win away at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur in a frantic, crazy match full of tempo, chances and important performances.
It was Marcus Rashford who scored the only goal after 44 minutes that ended up being the crucial moment of the final score. However, things were not that simple. Man United played really well for the opening hour, making Spurs work hard and executing the manager’s plan really well. In the end, it was the hosts who were pilling on the pressure, but still could not find the net.
De Gea Is Beyond Incredible
And the man guilty for that is David De Gea. The Spaniard had one of those nights where it does not matter what will the opposition do – he will not be defeated. Simply, Tottenham threw everything at the goalkeeper, but he ended up making a man of the match performance. In the first half he did not have to work, as Spurs failed to make a single shot on target. It was a different story in the second half, as Pochettino’s team had 11 shots on target!
All 11 of them were saved by De Gea, though, as he managed to do it all in the process. There were some crucial one-on-ones saved, saves after not being able to see the ball well and also saving with his feet on several occasions. There was even a free-kick from Harry Kane which he saved with ease.
Pogba’s Performance To Remember
Paul Pogba’s brilliant assist for Rashford’s goal encapsulated all you need to know about him in this post-Mourinho era. He is on four goals and four assists in the five Premier League matches since and this was one of his best performances since joining Man United. Pogba was everywhere, especially in those opening 60 minutes, before United decided to defend their lead.
The Frenchman was always on the ball, spraying it around with usual ease and often testing Hugo Lloris with his shots. There were still things that could be improved, like the 10 lost possessions, a really high number, but in the end, if it was not for the mercurial De Gea, Pogba’s performance deserved the ‘man of the match’ tag to go with it.
Spurs’ Midfield Issues Continue
Tottenham Hotspur already had enough midfield issues, but when Moussa Sissoko had to leave the pitch, they grew even more. The Frenchman was an important part in this small squad with plenty of injuries piling. Harry Winks and Christian Eriksen had to play alongside Erik Lamela in that midfield three and that is far from Pochettino would like to see in the crucial part of the pitch.
It was not a key moment, but it was also not a surprise to see Pogba getting much more time and space for his amazing assist right after Sissoko was substituted. The key part of the season is coming up and Tottenham already look exhausted. It remains to be seen whether they will try to find a fix this January.