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Review & Ratings: Marcus Rashford scored a brace to shoot down Spurs; Fred put in a great display, glad to have McTominay back

Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the Premier League, ending Jose Mourinho’s 100% record at Spurs since he took the job a few weeks ago. Marcus Rashford scored a brace for United, his fourth against a top-six club in the league. Dele Alli scored the only goal for Spurs six minutes before the end of the half. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the victory.

United took the lead in the sixth minute of the match through Marcus Rashford who now has 13 goal contributions (11 goals and two assists) in his last 13 matches for club and country. Jesse Lingard did well to pick Davinson Sanchez on the left allowing Rashford to beat Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post, something the Spurs goalkeeper should have done much better in stopping.

The lead lasted 33 minutes with Dele Alli equalising with a sublime goal in the 39th minute of the match after Serge Aurier saw a shot blocked by David De Gea with Spurs recycling play, sending the ball back into the box for Alli to flick the ball over his and Victor Lindelof’s head before volleying into the far corner. There was a short delay to check VAR for a handball but the goal was awarded.

United took the lead again in the 49th minute of the match after Rashford won a penalty. The England forward stared down Gazzaniga on the run-up and rolled the ball into the bottom corner as the Argentinian dived in the other direction. That was Rashford’s ninth goal in his last nine starts, his 14th goal contribution in the last 13 appearances. At 2-1 up, there was still work to do for United to get back to winning ways.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have much to do against Spurs, which was a good sign. One goal was conceded, a sublime finish frm Dele Alli, which De Gea has no chance of stopping. It will be a boost of his confidence. The save from Serge Aurier's effort will help that.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back did what he needed to do in his position. He was not beaten there during the game and got forward into the final third, as he did against Villa at the weekend.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede did much better against Spurs than he did against Villa at the weekend. Perhaps he steps up his game against better players? Harry Kane was pretty silent this evening.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man gave a steady performance for United against Spurs but he still has not shown why he was worth the money for me. He's helped to strengthen the defence - perhaps in the coming weeks a mixture of good results and more confidence will start to show the real Harry Maguire.

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18 Ashley Young

The veteran winger-cum-left-back showed lots of energy and experience against Spurs. He did well at times although he was partly to blame for Dele Alli's equaliser and should have done a lot better there - a weakness in his defensive game.

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39 Scott McTominay

He improved this team by 100% based on the last few matches which he has missed. He added the necessary steel into the midfield. Add Pogba to him and Fred and United's midfield will be a lot stronger and more creative.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian put in a great performance for United. Dele Alli got the better of him, which may have seen him sink into the game by he made a crucial block to deny Heung-Min Song before Marcus Rashford put United ahead once again.

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21 Daniel James

The Welsh winger was a constant threat for United and could have had his own goal. Jan Vertonghen will be having nightmares about his pace and ability tonight. He could have involved himself a bit more during attacking plays, at times though.

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14 Jesse Lingard

He seemed a lot better than Juan Mata or Andreas Pereira in this position. He added something to United's fluid play but started to die off late in the game.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The in form forward scored another brace in his career, all of which have been against top six teams; Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and now Spurs. His first goal was a good finish, beating Paulo Gazzaniga from close-range (with the help of the post). The second, a penalty was a composed finish against the Argentinian.

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26 Mason Greenwood

The academy graduate did not look out of place in this team. Confident, composed and ready to get going from the very start of the match. He forced a save from Paulo Gazzaniga, which would have ended a good night for him, if it went in.

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Substitutes

15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Greenwood 80'. I don't think he did anything of note in the game to add anything to what the team had already done. Only had ten minutes on the pitch, plus added time though.

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23 Luke Shaw

Replaced Shaw 87'. Came on with three minutes and added time remaining. Not enough time to get involved, however, he was part of an attack which could have seen Marcus Rashford score a hat-trick, but it did not work out for him.

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 6′, 49′ (pen); Dele Alli 39′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Fred; James, Lingard (Shaw 87′), Rashford; Greenwood (Pereira 80′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Tuanzebe, Williams; Mata, Garner

Bookings: Harry Winks 13′

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