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Rashford double sinks Spurs on Jose return

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Report as Jose Mourinho leaves Old Trafford empty handed on his return By Simeon Gholam

Last Updated: 04/12/19 9:39pm

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Marcus Rashford scored twice for Manchester United as they beat Tottenham 2-1 to leave Jose Mourinho empty handed on his return to Old Trafford.

Rashford struck early in the first half, before the hosts were pegged pack before the break by a superb Dele Alli goal. Rashford then converted the winner shortly after the break from a penalty he won himself to ease some of the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The result lifted United up to sixth in the table, albeit eight points behind Chelsea in fourth, while Spurs - who were disappointing for most of the Premier League clash and lost for the first time under Mourinho - drop to eighth.

It was a huge morale-boosting performance from United and for Solskjaer, which will stand them in great stead ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, which is live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Inspirational Rashford sees off Spurs Rashford celebrates with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It took just six minutes for United to take the lead and it came in somewhat opportunistic fashion, as Davinson Sanchez dallied on the ball for too long and Jesse Lingard picked his pocket before finding Rashford.

The England striker then caught Paolo Gazzaniga cold with a near-post drive from the left-hand corner of the 18-yard box, which the Spurs goalkeeper should have done far better with.

Manchester United: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Young (6), McTominay (6), Fred (7), James (6), Lingard (6), Greenwood (6), Rashford (8)

Subs: Pereira (n/a), Shaw (n/a),

Tottenham: Gazzaniga (6), Aurier (5), Sanchez (5), Alderweireld (6), Vertonghen (6), Sissoko (5), Winks (6), Moura (5), Alli (8), Son (6), Kane (4)

Subs: Eriksen (5), Ndombele (5), Lo Celso (n/a)

Man of the match: Marcus Rashford

Gazzaniga did redeem himself, however, with three fine saves as United pushed for a second. The first after 23 minutes to deny Mason Greenwood from close range, the second and third shortly afterwards from Rashford, as he tipped a 30-yard piledriver onto the bar, then pushed a curling effort from just inside the box wide.

United would pay for those missed opportunities as Spurs levelled in remarkable fashion shortly before the break. Alli has been in fine form since the arrival of Mourinho and his finish was spectacular, vintage stuff from the midfielder.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made four changes to the Manchester United side that drew with Aston Villa. Scott McTominay returned after missing the last three games through injury, while Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood were drafted into the starting line-up. Brandon Williams, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata and the injured Anthony Martial made way. Jose Mourinho made two Spurs changes on his return to Old Trafford. Harry Winks and Lucas Moura replaced Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele in the side that beat Bournemouth 3-2 on Saturday.

The ball arrived in his path with his back to goal from a David de Gea save, but in two sleek movements he flicked it over two defenders, turned, and then finished past the Spaniard. United simply had no time to react to his moment of brilliance.

Shortly after the break, though, United were back in front. Rashford was tripped over by Moussa Sissoko after charging past him into the box and he stepped up himself to send Gazzaniga the wrong way with what proved to be the winner.

What's next? Man City vs Man Utd

December 7, 2019, 5:00pm

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