Rash­ford, De Gea earn Man United win at Tot­ten­ham

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Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Premier League ti­tle am­bi­tions suf­fered a ma­jor blow as Mar­cus Rash­ford’s goal gave Manch­ester United a 1-0 vic­tory at Wem­b­ley yes­ter­day to main­tain care­taker man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s per­fect start.

Rash­ford beat Tot­ten­ham keeper Hugo Lloris from a tight an­gle in the 44th minute as re­ju­ve­nated United claimed a sixth win from six matches since for­mer striker Sol­sk­jaer stepped in fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Jose Mour­inho.

United’s Span­ish keeper David De Gea pro­duced a se­ries of su­perb saves to deny Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Toby Alder­weireld after the break as United hung on for a first away league win against Tot­ten­ham since 2012.

Sol­sk­jaer’s side re­mained in sixth spot but are now level on 41 points with Arse­nal while Tot­ten­ham have 48 points in third place, nine be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool and two be­hind cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City who face Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers on Mon­day.

In a wide-open first half full of at­tack­ing foot­ball, Kane had a goal dis­al­lowed for the hosts but United, with Jesse Lin­gard, An­thony Mar­tial and Rash­ford form­ing a rapid at­tack­ing trio, were dan­ger­ous ev­ery time they broke for­ward.

The first goal al­ways looked like be­ing vi­tal and it ar­rived for United just be­fore the break when Rash­ford made ground down the right and with no other op­tion he drove into area and fired a shot that Lloris got a firm hand to but could not keep out of the net.

Lloris re­deemed him­self with two saves from Paul Pogba early in the sec­ond half but after that it was all about the ex­cel­lence of De Gea as Spurs, roared on by the ma­jor­ity of the 80,000 Wem­b­ley crowd, des­per­ately sought an equaliser.

First he saved Kane’s closerange header, then blocked Alli’s shot with his legs after the mid­fielder went through one-onone, be­fore mak­ing a stun­ning re­ac­tion save to deny Toby Alder­weireld’s near-post flick.

Kane’s free kick was saved ac­ro­bat­i­cally by De Gea and with five min­utes re­main­ing he saw an­other goal­bound ef­fort can­non off the shins of the Spaniard.

Photo: AFP

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s English striker Harry Kane (L) vies with Manch­ester United’s Ser­bian mid­fielder Ne­manja Matic (R) dur­ing the English Premier League match at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don, yes­ter­day

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