Sol­sk­jaer main­tains per­fect start at United

Rash­ford’s goal sinks Tot­ten­ham

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LON­DON – 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 to­day.

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.

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