Manchester United passed the first major test of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era by beating Spurs 1-0 today at Wembley.
An excellent finish from an in-form Marcus Rashford was enough to seal the fifth successive Premier League win of Solskjaer’s reign as manager of the Old Trafford outfit.
However, had it not been for a man of the match performance from Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea the scoreline may well have looked a lot different. Let’s see how the players fared.
Made a couple of decent stops and got agonisingly close to keeping out Rashford’s winner.
Sloppy pass in the build-up to United’s goal, although his excellent crossing caused plenty of problems throughout.
Classy in possession, but didn’t look overly convincing on the couple of occasions Martial ran at him.
Looked a little rusty at times and completely outpaced by Rashford for the England man’s goal.
Probably a little bit more solid defensively than Trippier, but nowhere near as dangerous in attack.
Neat and tidy in possession. Should have done better when clean through on goal in the first period however.
Clearly up for the midfield battle and Spurs missed his physicality after he was withdrawn due to injury just before half-time.
Pushed and probed all game, although none of his intricate work around the box was quite able to completely open up United’s defence.
Was a real danger arriving in the box late throughout and will be disappointed he didn’t put one second-half effort further into the corner.
Much like Alli, the England captain was often thwarted by the brilliant De Gea, although his finishing just wasn’t as sharp as we have come to expect.
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His runs in behind caused United plenty of problems in the first period, before dropping deep to drive his side forward during the second-half.
Unable to really effect the game, despite plenty of effort.
The big Spanish striker made a nuisance of himself but scuffed a great chance late on after an immaculate first touch.
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Sensational. Made a whopping 11 saves in the second-half alone. On days like today United’s number one simply looks unbeatable.
A little loose in possession during the opening exchanges but never lacks for effort though, and all in all it was another solid shift from the veteran.
Is gradually growing in stature at the back for United. One of the Swedes best games in a Red shirt.
Always looks like an accident waiting to happen and looked genuinely surprised when he dispossessed Kane at one stage. However, he was part of a backline that fought for their lives to help get their team over the line.
Solid. It’s hard to shake the feeling that the 23-year-old has another couple of gears he can go up though.
Has looked energised since Solskjaer’s arrival and put in a huge shift in the centre of the park. In the same fixture last season the big Serb looked completely off the pace against a vibrant Spurs midfield, so he’ll be happy to have competed so well today.
Snappy in the tackle and tidy in possession. Some crucial interceptions late on.
Was never going to be able to dominate in the way he has against lesser teams recently, but his pass for Rashford’s winner was sublime and twice went close to scoring himself in the second-half after bursting into the Spurs area.
Do not let his tomfoolery off the pitch deflect from the fact that this is an extremely intelligent footballer. His movement and work-rate was superb.
Looked dangerous with the ball at his feet, but his lack of defensive awareness became a liability as Spurs piled on the pressure during the second-half.
Worked his socks off and scored the only goal of the game with a well-placed finish. Hard not to think he would have tried to kick the leather off the ball a few weeks ago when presented with a similar chance.
Looks a bit out of place in this new look United side, his lack of mobility despite only coming off the bench with a quarter of an hour to go must be a worry.