De Gea’s keep­ing key as Man United beats Spurs

Otago Daily Times - - SPORT 19 -

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

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

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.

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