Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Golden boy Marcus Rashford was the star for Manchester United as the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Old Trafford.
The striker's double took the Reds up the Premier League table into sixth spot and in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby.
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The source of so much of the inspiration was the on-fire Marcus Rashford, starting with his goal after six minutes to put United 1-0 up when his power shot surprised Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post.
The Mancunian striker also curled a free-kick just wide, hit the bar with a thunderbolt and forced Gazzaniga into a diving save all before the match was half-an-hour old.
Completely against the run of play, he levelled after 39 minutes with an admirable piece of skill that foxed his markers before he beat David De Gea with a clinical finish. The equaliser was harsh on United who had completely dominated the proceedings up to that point.
Rashford was back centre stage soon after the interval. A trademark slight of foot saw him ghost past Serge Aurier and then a panicked Moussa Sissoko brought him down in the box. The hitman happily blasted United back into a deserved lead with a calmly taken penalty.
As the second half progressed, however, United’s danger waned and Old Trafford seemed to have that gnawing feeling that Spurs were going to make it a very nervous finale as they wrested back the attacking initiative.
The Reds successfully made the transition from dangerous to dogged and despite one added-time effort from Alli, well saved by De Gea, Solskjaer's men saw the game out for a much-needed victory.
United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young (c), Fred, McTominay, James, Lingard (Shaw 87), Rashford, Greenwood (Andreas 79).
Subs not used: Romero, Tuanzebe, Williams, Garner, Mata.
Goals: Rashford 6, 49 pen.
Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks (Ndombele 70), Sissoko (Lo Celso 85), Dele, Son, Lucas (Eriksen 64), Kane.
Subs not used: Austin, Rose, Dier, Foyth.
Goals: Ali 39.
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