IN FO­CUS PO­CHET­TINO V SOL­SK­JAER

Sport360 - - Premier League - By Bren­don Netto

Manch­ester United’s re­mark­able run un­der Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer – per­haps im­prob­a­bly – con­tin­ued with a 1-0 vic­tory away to Tot­ten­ham on Sun­day. Mar­cus Rash­ford’s strike from a su­perb Paul Pogba pass just be­fore half-time proved to be enough for the vis­i­tors to se­cure a vi­tal Premier League win and go level with fifth-placed Arse­nal on points. Spurs threw ev­ery­thing at United in the sec­ond half but a phe­nom­e­nal dis­play from David De Gea kept them at bay. Here’s how Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino fared in his ‘au­di­tion’ for the Old Traf­ford post.

30-SEC­OND RE­PORT

Po­chet­tino: Tot­ten­ham en­joyed plenty of pos­ses­sion to be­gin with but apart from one mo­ment when Harry Winks stole in be­hind, never re­ally threat­ened in the first half.

In­stead, they played a risky game at the back, al­low­ing two v two or three v three sce­nar­ios for United to ex­ploit in the tran­si­tion and paid for it with Rash­ford’s goal. They were far bet­ter in the sec­ond and forced some sen­sa­tional saves from De Gea but United al­ways had a chance on the break.

Sol­sk­jaer: The man­ager said they went to Dubai to work hard and the fruits of that ef­fort were abun­dantly clear. Not only did United seem to have an ex­tra gear over Spurs fol­low­ing a week of warm weather train­ing, they clearly did their home­work as well.

The Red Devils were ex­cep­tion­ally or­gan­ised, congesting the cen­tral ar­eas and forc­ing Tot­ten­ham wide. In the tran­si­tion, they were cal­cu­lat­ing and at­tacked at pace with Rash­ford’s opener per­fectly fol­low­ing the blue­print. They then came un­der far more pres­sure in the sec­ond half and rode their luck on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but the de­fen­sive prin­ci­ples stayed sound.

7/10 RAT­ING 8/10 RAT­ING

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