LONDON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated David de Gea turned into creating a case to be considered Manchester United’s finest-ever goalkeeper after he produced a masterclass on Sunday to shield his facet’s 1-zero lead against Tottenham.

The match at Wembley pitted of the bookmakers’ favourites to permanently replace Jose Mourinho towards one another however it turned into the period in-between United boss who got here out on pinnacle in opposition to Mauricio Pochettino.

Marcus Rashford scored the best goal in the forty fourth minute of a thrilling come upon and Paul Pogba impressed but the overall performance of the Spanish goalkeeper will stay lengthy inside the reminiscence.

He made eleven saves — the most he has made in a top-flight league healthy without conceding a purpose — leaving Spurs gamers preserving their heads in disbelief on multiple events.

Solskjaer hailed De Gea as “the first-class goalkeeper within the international” but additionally praised his group’s defensive resilience and team spirit.

“We’ve had a few excellent ‘keepers at this membership and i think he’s hard both Edwin (van der Sar) and Peter (Schmeichel) for the primary spot historically, he said.

“The win right here was massive, the crew spirit turned into big, the perception and the joy within the dressing room truely high-quality,” delivered the Norwegian, who has equalled Matt Busby’s file of triumphing his first 5 league games in price of United.

United have been 8 points at the back of Arsenal when Solskjaer have become their caretaker manager on December 19 but are now stage on factors with the 5th-positioned Gunners as they seek out a Champions League qualification spot.

however the result is a devastating blow for Tottenham, who again got here up quick when the pressure was on and remain nine points adrift of most suitable League leaders Liverpool.

Pochettino praised his side in spite of their defeat.

“Tottenham did the whole thing to win the game,” he stated. “maybe we ruled and we created a lot of chances. It was an top notch second 1/2, i am so thrilled.

“on occasion you win a recreation and you're disappointed, like whilst we gained three-zero at vintage Trafford. They were higher than us that day. Today the result ought to be distinctive and i'm glad.”

in advance, Tottenham settled speedy into their fluid passing sport, playing the bulk of possession and went close to establishing the scoring thru Harry Winks earlier than Jesse Lingard fired over from near variety for the traffic.

United, with Lingard, Anthony Martial and Rashford racing ahead at each possibility, seemed risky at the ruin.

Spurs striker Harry Kane had a near-variety attempt efficiently dominated out for offside just after the 1/2 hour.

Moussa Sissoko pulled up sharply quickly before the wreck and even though he lower back to the pitch he changed into not able to retain, being changed by means of Erik Lamela.

Moments later United have been in advance.

Lingard reduce out a careless cross-discipline ball from Kieran Trippier and nudged the ball to Pogba, who had time to look up and degree a raking go-subject skip to Rashford, sprinting down the right.

Rashford nonetheless had lots to do however kept his nerve to fire proper-footed past Lloris and into the a ways nook — Lloris got fingertips to the ball but became not able to keep it out.

Tottenham got here out of the blocks well after the restart and Kane looked sure to degree from near range however De Gea saved brilliantly with his left foot before pulling off a first-rate save to disclaim an Alli headed attempt.

At the opposite cease, Ashley younger sent over an inviting pass that Pogba headed directly at Lloris and the Spurs goalkeeper had to be alert to tip over another Pogba effort that got here on the end of a long spell of United ownership.

Spurs, roared on by using a passionate domestic crowd, had been building up a head of steam and Alli had another a golden chance to equalise however De Gea changed into again equal to the assignment.

The Spaniard produced but some other beautiful keep to maintain out Toby Alderweireld before flying to his right to cling directly to a Kane loose-kick.

Spurs had further chances in a frenetic finishing however should find no manner beyond the stimulated De Gea.

Kane took a knock within the remaining seconds of the healthy, with Pochettino saying “we hope it is not a huge trouble”. AFP

raise OF self belief: United were 8 points in the back of Arsenal when Solskjaer have become their caretaker supervisor on December 19 however are now stage on factors with the fifth-located Gunners as they seek out a Champions League qualification spot.