Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rashford and De Gea keep up ideal Man Utd run

Rashford and De Gea keep up ideal Man Utd run

No United boss in history had ever won all six of his first six games in charge, not even the legendary Sir Matt Busby, whose winning streak stopped at five after a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in September 1946.

"It was a game and a battle between Tottenham and Manchester United, because if not, we would need to play him against me, one-versus-one on the pitch".

"Today, to talk about the game, of course we were better".

The Norwegian got his tactics spot on in the first half of a match billed as a face-off between the two favourites for the full-time job at Old Trafford, with Mauricio Pochettino in the opposition dugout. "We want to get back to the top where we belong".

Yes, there will be bigger and tougher challenges to come. "Then we'll see where we are at the end of the season".

"That's what Manchester United are built around - attacking football and going forward".

"He is a good player who needs to be told that". "I know him from the academy, the reserves". This is my position. If I can do that, on the edge of the box, I will score goals.

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"The best example is Frank Lampard. It rivals any team within the Premier League the firepower that United have got". "It is a pleasure to play again". We were all determined and wanted to win this game.

The approach paid off just before half-time when the impressive Paul Pogba delivered a raking cross-field ball for Rashford to run onto and the England man drove the ball emphatically past Hugo Lloris, leading to wild scenes of celebration on the bench. "I know I have security behind me and I have freedom to go, so yes it helps".

David De Gea produced 95 minutes of goalkeeping perfection on Sunday at Wembley, staying calm and composed despite the onslaught from Tottenham Hotspur in the second half.

Victory over Pochettino's side on Sunday moved the Red Devils level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal. Players were down and less motivated under Mourinho, but De Gea made it clear that the gloom has lifted.

That is not to say a return to the glory days of old is necessarily around the corner, but the fans could be forgiven for more than a little optimism considering the dross served up under the three permanent managers since Fergie's departure. The manager brought some happiness, the players are playing well and the team is very strong now.

"It was Tottenham against Manchester United", he told his post-match news conference. Matic and Ander Herrera were "fantastic", while Solskjaer spoke of the "blistering pace" of Rashford, Martial and Lingard, before talking up Pogba's qualities.

The United board were also impressed by the work he did tactically ahead of the Spurs game at a Dubai training camp.

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