Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates his team’s 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley stadium.
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates his team’s 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley stadium.

De Gea masterclass as Red Devils down Spurs

David de Gea has produced 11 saves in a virtuoso goalkeeping performance to help Manchester United to a 1-0 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

By passing his first significant test since replacing Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first United manager to open with six straight wins - strengthening his bid to keep the manager's job into next season - and Red Devil's first away victory over Spurs in the league since 2012.

The only goal came in the 44th minute at Wembley Stadium after Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier gave the ball away.

Paul Pogba sent a long, high diagonal pass to Marcus Rashford who controlled the ball with one touch and then sent it low beyond goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

 

David De Gea celebrates after his stunning performance.
David De Gea celebrates after his stunning performance.

 

The second half was all about Lloris' United counterpart, with De Gea using his feet and hands to repeatedly thwart Tottenham players - particularly Kane and Dele Alli.

Although still third in the standings, Tottenham have now lost back-to-back league home games and top-scorer Harry Kane limped off at the end.

United are yet to rise from sixth under Solskjaer but the record 20-time English champions are now only behind Arsenal on goal difference and six points adrift of Chelsea in the fourth and final European Champions League place.

 

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saves on a shot by Tottenham's Harry Kane.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saves on a shot by Tottenham's Harry Kane.

 

Earlier, Everton picked up a much-needed win by beating Bournemouth 2-0 at home.

Second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the Toffees just their second league win in eight games.

It was also their first home win in five league matches.

"It's a huge win," defender Michael Keane told Sky Sports.

 

Man United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates his sixth consecutive win since taking the reigns.
Man United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates his sixth consecutive win since taking the reigns.

 

"We have obviously had a few difficult results at home over Christmas so we are pleased to keep a clean sheet.

"It was a slow start but we grew into the game and the result is what we needed." Bournemouth's David Brooks hit the post in the first half and Everton's Richarlison had a ball cleared off the line just after the re-start. Zouma then got the breakthrough in the 61st minute by heading home Lucas Digne's cross for his first Everton goal.

Bournemouth pressed hard for the equaliser before Calvert-Lewin settled the matter by scoring deep into stoppage time.

The win lifts Everton up one in the table to 10, while Bournemouth remain 12th despite a sixth straight away league defeat.

 

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