De Gea’s keeping key as Man United beats Spurs
LONDON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has passed his first first big test as Manchester United’s interim manager with flying colours by beating thirdplaced Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League yesterday.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal and goalkeeper David de Gea made it stand up as United won at Wembley for its sixth consecutive victory under Solskjaer and its first away victory over Spurs since 2012.
Tottenham was considered United’s first quality opponent since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month and his players were up for the challenge. Rashford struck just before halftime and De Gea made 11 saves after the break under constant Tottenham pressure.
‘‘Resultswise, to come away here and beat Tottenham is fantastic,’’ Solskjaer said.
‘‘We hung on in the second half and we never got to grips with it when they changed the system but you are allowed to have a good goalkeeper.’’
The win lifts United level on level points with fifthplaced Arsenal, while Tottenham remains seven points ahead of it in third.
Both sides were lively in the first half, with Harry Kane having the opening goal disallowed by the offside flag.
Rashford then took a long pass from Paul Pogba in stride and fired past Hugo Lloris in the 44th minute.
Spurs started the second half strongly with Kane and Dele Alli forcing saves from de Gea, while Lloris tipped Pogba’s shot over the bar at the other end.
Kane headed straight at de Gea, who then sandwiched a foot save against Toby Alderweireld and twice denied Alli.
Kane was frustrated once again in the 87th minute by de Gea’s boot before Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham’s final chance right into the keeper’s arms.
Everton picked up a muchneed win by beating Bournemouth 20 at home.
Secondhalf goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic CalvertLewin gave the Toffees just their second league win in eight games.
Everton is now 10th in the table while Bournemouth remains 12th. —DPA/Reuters
Shalt not pass . . . David de Gea, of Manchester United, makes a save during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium yesterday.