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Solskjaer praises ‘unbelievable’ De Gea after inspired performance against Spurs

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described David de Gea as ‘unbelievable’ following his Man of the Match heroics at Wembley as Manchester United beat Spurs 1-0.

Manchester United put in a good performance in the first half, and went ahead thanks to a cooly taken 44th minute strike from Marcus Rashford. In the second-half however, it was all Spurs, and they would have won the game comfortably if it wasn’t for the heroics of David de Gea in the United goal.

De Gea was inspired form for United, especially in the second half, making an incredible 11 saves, more than any keeper had made in the entirety of any game this season.

The Spaniard had faced some criticism during the early stages of the season when he wasn’t at his usual sparkling best, but the four-time consecutive Manchester United player of the year was simply sensational at Wembley today, much to the delight of caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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“We could have scored a few as well but we had a good back four and David de Gea in behind them was unbelievable,” the Norwegian told BBC Sport.

“When you have pace up front and Jesse Lingard is so clever in between the lines the goal was great – it was something we worked on.

“We created enough chances to put the game away on the break, but if you don’t score you will be under pressure. We defended fantastically.

“De Gea – he should have held a couple! I’ve played with a few fantastic goalkeepers, we have a tradition of having them and he has grown and grown, he deserves that man of the match today.

“You expect to win every single game at Man United. You won’t, but you must go in thinking that. That’s the mentality of this group.”

The victory means that Solskjaer is the first Manchester United manager in history to win all the first six competitive games at the club, and sees United move level on points with Arsenal in fifth.

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