United claim fifth straight win

Business Day - - SPORT - Agency Staff Lon­don

Manch­ester United proved on Sun­day that their re­cov­ery un­der Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer is no flash in the pan, with Mar­cus Rash­ford pounc­ing to seal a 1-0 win in a thrilling con­test against Tot­ten­ham.

The two sides went toe-to­toe in an open game, but while both teams had mul­ti­ple chances, United goal­keeper David de Gea proved the dif­fer­ence, mak­ing a string of phe­nom­e­nal saves.

In­terim man­ager Sol­sk­jaer has in­stalled Rash­ford as his num­ber one striker and was richly re­warded when the 21year-old scored the de­ci­sive goal in the 44th minute.

Paul Pogba sparkled for United, en­gaged in a per­sonal duel with Spurs goal­keeper Hugo Lloris for pe­ri­ods of the sec­ond half.

United’s vic­tory is their fifth suc­ces­sive Premier League win un­der their tem­po­rary man­ager in a con­test seen as his first ma­jor test since he took over from the sacked Jose Mour­inho in De­cem­ber.

Ear­lier, Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s Tot­ten­ham set­tled quickly into their fluid pass­ing game at Wem­b­ley, en­joy­ing the bulk of pos­ses­sion. They went close to tak­ing the lead when Harry Winks, seem­ingly un­sure whether to shoot or cross, fired the ball across the face of the United goal after be­ing played in by Son He­ung-min.

Min­utes later the vis­i­tors had a chance to take the lead when Ash­ley Young’s cross fell to Jesse Lin­gard, who fired over from the cor­ner of the six-yard box.

United, with Lin­gard, An­thony Mar­tial and Rash­ford rac­ing for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, looked dan­ger­ous and Mar­tial forced Lloris into a smart low save with his legs.

● Kurt Zouma’s sec­ond-half header and sub­sti­tute Do­minic Calvert-Lewin’s stop­page-time strike saw Ever­ton beat Bournemouth 2-0 on Sun­day as they climbed into the top half of the Premier League ta­ble.

This vic­tory was just Ever­ton’s sec­ond win in nine league matches and the first time they had kept a clean sheet at their Good­i­son Park ground since Novem­ber 24.

De­spite their ninth de­feat in 12 league matches, Bournemouth re­mained in midtable safety and the re­sult might have been dif­fer­ent for Ed­die Howe’s men if David Brooks’s shot had not re­bounded clear off a post in the 18th minute.

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