Resur­gent Man United claim sixth vic­tory

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport -

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 on Sun­day 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.

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.

Mean­while, Ever­ton avoided a third con­sec­u­tive Premier League home de­feat as Kurt Zouma’s header and a late goal by Do­minic Calvert-Lewin earned them a flat­ter­ing 2-0 vic­tory against Bournemouth at a rainy Good­i­son Park on Sun­day.

There were grum­blings of dis­con­tent from the home fans as Ever­ton were out­played be­fore the break, but Marco Silva’s side im­proved in the sec­ond half to move back into the top half of the ta­ble.

Ed­die Howe’s eye-catch­ing Bournemouth side dom­i­nated the open­ing 25 min­utes and should have been ahead with young Welsh striker David Brooks a thorn in the Ever­ton de­fence.

Brooks struck a shot against the base of the post in the 14th minute after be­ing played in by Ju­nior Stanis­las while Stanis­las him­self nearly em­bar­rassed Eng­land keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford with a free kick.

Bournemouth also had two penalty shouts ig­nored be­fore Ever­ton grad­u­ally roused them­selves, with de­fender Michael Keane head­ing against the cross­bar shortly be­fore half­time.

The hosts took the lead with only their sec­ond ef­fort on tar­get in the 61st minute. Lu­cas Digne did well to keep a ball in play and his hoisted cross was headed home pow­er­fully by de­fender Zouma for his first Ever­ton goal since join­ing on loan from Chelsea.

Ever­ton’s sec­ond in stop­page time, struck home ex­cel­lently by Calvert-Lewin after great work by Ade­mola Look­man, was harsh on Bournemouth, who will won­der how they went home un­re­warded. –

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