Spurs can’t get one past De Gea


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - SPORT -

Manch­ester United proved yes­ter­day 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-to-toe 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 re­warded when the 21-year-old scored the de­ci­sive goal in the 44th minute.

Paul Pogba sparkled for United, en­gag­ing 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 last month.

The win lifts United to level on points with fifth-placed Arse­nal and six be­hind Chelsea, cur­rently in the fourth and fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League spot, but Spurs re­main nine points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool.

In the other Premier League game yes­ter­day, Kurt Zouma’s sec­ond-half header and sub­sti­tute Do­minic Calvert-Lewin’s stop­page-time strike saw Ever­ton beat Bournemouth 2-0 to climb into the top half of the ta­ble.

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

Zouma opted to cel­e­brate his goal with un­der-pres­sure Ever­ton boss Marco Silva, telling Sky Sports: “I went to the man­ager be­cause he wants me to score more than last sea­son.”

“It was a re­ally im­por­tant game for us,” said Silva. “We have to achieve the re­sults, for us it’s im­por­tant to re­gain some form, and some con­fi­dence also and a clean sheet is also im­por­tant.”

The dead­lock in an of­ten frus­trat­ing match was even­tu­ally bro­ken when Zouma – on loan from Chelsea – scored his first goal for Ever­ton in the 61st minute.

A ner­vous Ever­ton then had to sur­vive con­certed Bournemouth pres­sure at the end of a rain­swept en­counter be­fore, in the fifth minute of stop­page time, the Tof­fees put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

Calvert-Lewin struck a low shot from 16m into the cor­ner of Be­govic’s net.

Pic­ture: AFP

MAR­CUS RASH­FORD (cen­tre) slots in Manch­ester United’s goal.

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