Review and Ratings: Manchester United beat Spurs at Wembley; De Gea immense, Pogba and Rashford won the game


Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Six wins in a row for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the first United manager to do so in the history of the club. These are the records that feel good when they are beaten. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were lacklustre throughout the game, pressuring United in the second half with David De Gea standing firm.

United took the lead in the 44th minute after a sublime ball was played over the top by Paul Pogba with Marcus Rashford collecting it and slotting it past Hugo Lloris from an angle to fire into the far corner of the goal. It was the goal that had been coming in the game for much of the first half with United unleashing their counter-attacking ability on this Spurs side, who did not seem to have much pace.

David De Gea was the Man of the Match for me. He pulled out all of the stops to deny Spurs from getting an equaliser, or worse. This is the best the Spanish number one has been all season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed the mood at United for the better. This team is confident and willing to do all it takes to get the club back into the limelight. A few weeks ago, United were about 11 points away from Arsenal, now the points are level with only goal difference separating the two teams.

Paul Pogba has risen to the occasion and should be mentioned for what he has done since Jose Mourinho left the club. His pass to Rashford, which led to the only goal in the game was top drawer. Rashford has impressed also. His stock has risen massively in the last six matches Solskjaer has managed. The best may still be a long way off but there is something to look forward to now. Something that has been missing for a long time now.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

MOTM. Performed save after save to deny Spurs from equalising in the second half. Surely the Spanish number one is back to his best. The importance of the clean sheet was shown by United's desire against Spurs.


18 Ashley Young

Got stuck into the game against Spurs. Did what he needed to do and kept United on top of the game, at times. Another that needs to pat himself on the back.


2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman is growing more confident game after game. He did all he could to stop Harry Kane from getting through United's defence at Wembley. His passing from the back is good to see, as it is to see him play the role he was brought to do.


4 Phil Jones

Another good performance from the Englishman. Good to see him get a run of form in the team. It would be good to see what Sir Alex Ferguson saw in him finally come to the surface. Confidence and momentum could be the making of him.


23 Luke Shaw

God involved in both defence an attack. His positioning was largely excellent and he put himself on the line to deny Spurs from getting an advantage, not that they actually had many. Dealt with the pressure in the second half, which will help him develop into the left-back United wanted so badly.


31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian played the role of protecting the defence, which after the way the season started, is needed. It was a good performance from the veteran. It is great to see him praised for what he does, as he does it so well.


21 Ander Herrera

Had a busy game and never gave up, which is something I admire in him. He made some important tackles and interceptions, which is what he likes to do, which add to both his and United's game. Wants to remain a red, so should be retained by the club.


14 Jesse Lingard

Used his energy to help his side get the better of this Spurs side. Ran himself into the ground at times. Imagine all those supporters who criticise him for his off the pitch antics, yet fail to notice just what he does on the pitch.


6 Paul Pogba

Ended Spurs' hopes in the game with his sublime over the top pass to Marcus Rashford, which saw United break the deadlock in the last minute of the first half. What sort of play is world-class. Used his head and had his fair share of controlling the game. This is the Paul Pogba that United spent £89 million on. Four goals and four assists in his last five matches.


9 Anthony Martial

Looked threatening, at times against Spurs. Used the left flank and his pace, but his mind to get the better of his opposition. Never scored or created anything though, which is a shame. His confidence will build and he will soon be back to scoring goals again.


10 Marcus Rashford

Scored the only goal of the game after being assisted by Pogba. Got stuck in and never gave up. Under Solskjaer, he has grown even more as a player. He is the striker for United now and Romelu Lukaku needs to pull out all of the stops to change the game. Form can breed form., which could unlock both strikers for United, which could bring back the goal hungry days from the past.



Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Martial 73'. His hold up play was good but his introduction slowed things down for United. Needs to rediscover his form otherwise, watching Rashford lead the line with be the norm.


20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Lingard 83'. Brought on to counter Spurs' substitution and give United a bit more width. Got involved with some blocks and tackles.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Pogba 90+2'. Came on at the death. Got involved in the game. Ended the game on the ball in the Spurs half.


Goals: Marcus Rashford 44′

Assists: Paul Pogba 44′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard (Dalot 83′), Pogba (McTominay 90+2′), Martial (Lukaku 73′); Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Mata, Pereira, Fred

Bookings: Dele Alli 50′; Ander Herrera 66′, Paul Pogba 78′

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