Sunday, January 13, 2019 9:42 pm
Tottenham Hotspur’s English Premier League title ambitions suffered a major blow as Marcus Rashford’s goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory at Wembley on Sunday.
The victory means that caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s maintains a perfect start to his Manchester United coaching career.
Rashford beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from a tight angle in the 44th minute as rejuvenated Manchester United claimed a sixth win from six matches.
The unbeaten run began since the former striker stepped in following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea produced a series of superb saves to deny Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld after the break.
It helped Manchester United to hang 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.
Tottenham have 48 points in third place, nine behind leaders Liverpool and two behind champions Manchester City who face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
In a wide-open first half full of attacking football, Kane had a goal disallowed for the hosts.
But Manchester 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 Manchester United just before the break when Rashford made ground down the right.
With no other option, the England striker drove into the 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 as Spurs, roared on by the majority of the 80,000 Wembley crowd, desperately sought an equaliser.
First he saved Kane’s close-range header, then blocked Alli’s shot with his legs after the midfielder went through one-on-one.
He then made a stunning reaction save to deny Toby Alderweireld’s near-post flick.
Kane’s free kick was saved acrobatically by De Gea and with five minutes remaining he saw another goalbound effort cannon off the shins of the Spaniard.(Reuters/NAN)