Tottenham vs Manchester United
Manchester United travelled to Tottenham on Sunday in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest test as Man United boss.
United began the day in 6th place and after 5th place Arsenal lost on Saturday, a win vs Spurs would have been huge for United.
Picking up three points vs Spurs would also show that Solskjaer could be seriously considered as United’s permanent boss.
Yes, Solskjaer has won his previous four league games as Man United manager before Tottenham.
But those wins came against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle, teams United should really be beating anyway.
Pogba’s superb assist
If Solskjaer could guide the Red Devils to a win vs 3rd place Spurs, that would show his great start is not a fluke.
Unlike his predecessor Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer set his side up to get at Tottenham’s defence in the first 45.
Granted there were times when Man United had to absorb Spurs pressure. But as soon as they got a chance United would break quickly with the pace of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
This excellent counterattacking was what lead to United taking the lead.
Paul Pogba has been reborn under Solskjaer and it was his fantastic ball over the top that allowed Rashford to make it 1-0.
MARCUS RASHFORD! With a fantastic pass from Pogba as well! pic.twitter.com/U4DzQdILoW
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 13, 2019
Since Solskjaer took over as Man United boss Pogba has now managed four goals and four assists in five league games.
Paul Pogba under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
– Two assists vs Cardiff
– Two goals vs Huddersfield
– Two goals and an assist vs Bournemouth
– An assist vs Tottenham
— bet365 (@bet365) January 13, 2019
Social media reaction
Some United fans on Twitter have also been full of praise for Pogba and Rashford.
It’s almost like Pogba’s talent comes to fruition when he has players running in behind to aim at (Mbappé/Rashford) rather than Lukaku dropping deep to fumble a six-yard pass.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) January 13, 2019
— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) January 13, 2019
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 13, 2019
Graeme Souness after that extroadinary assist from Paul Pogba… pic.twitter.com/rlal0mdAzX
— F Mullaa (@f_mulla1) January 13, 2019
Great pass from Pogba…. Herrera has been superb …. give that man a new deal ASAP … let’s go @ManUtd
— David Antoine (@toiny_temper) January 13, 2019