United dominated a sorrow Spurs through most of the first half, with Gazzaniga making some solid saves to keep parity. That turned decisive when Dele Alli equalized in the 39th minute after some skilful work inside the area.
But United came bombing forward after the break, as Marcus Rashford earned and slotted in a penalty to help United retake the lead in the 48th minute. Spurs pegged men forward looking for an equalizer, but United held firm to record a crucial win before the Manchester Derby on Saturday.
Here are the Manchester United vs Tottenham player ratings.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7.0) –
While pre-match reports indicated that Solskjaer would be opting for a 3-5-2 formation, he surprised many with a bold attacking approach. It turned out a masterstroke, as his insistent at taking the game to Spurs also worked a treat with United dominating the first half.
Allowing Rashford to torment Spurs weak points allowed the goals and OGS then strengthened things up to hardly give Mourinho to get anything from the game. The Norwegian proves his big-game prowess again, but must come up with something similar against Man City to properly cushion his job security.
David de Gea (6.5) –
DDG was mostly untested as United attained controlled in the first half, but made a super save from Aurier’s shot before Alli scored past him. Did well to save Aurier’s attempt in the 84th as well. Dived superbly to save N’Dombele’s powerful attempt in the 88th. Made a crucial last-minute goal off Alli’s attempt. No clean-sheet, but solid late work to see out the win.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.5)-
Wan-Bissaka has a big job ahead against the dangerous Son, but done well keeping him quiet in the early stages. Looked more diligent going forward, but still lacking the final product. He managed to keep Spurs left-wing contained with his diligent work, coming up with important blocks and vintage tackles to frustrate Son & co.
Harry Maguire (7.0) –
Maguire’s looking much more composed without the armband. He won nearly every aerial duel and stomping his authority against a formidable attack in the first half. Maintained his formidable presence when things got heated, keeping Harry Kane’s threat nullified. Won crucial challenges and thwarted away whatever was thrown at his way with confidence. Just keep the captaincy burden away from him and he’ll shine.
Victor Lindelof (6.5) –
After scoring the goal on Sunday, Lindelof seems to ooze of confidence. Did well to win some crucial challenges, sniffing out Spurs attacks. He made some important last-ditch challenges to avert disaster throughout the game, also being much better aerially. The Iceman’s calm persona helped see out the victory at the end.
Ashley Young (5.0)–
Playing a big game after being benched recently, Young has a big task ahead. Kept Moura contained early on, but then poorly allowed Alli to trick past him to score. He was pretty uneasy defensively, but made some timely clearances to avert further trouble. Still not convincing enough to start, though.
Fred (7.5) –
The Brazilian looks unshackled of his burdens with McTominay back alongside him. All over midfield early on, recovering possession and spreading the ball forward diligently. He was bullied physically and defensively looked a bit wonky, but made a crucial goal-line block in the 51st to deny Son.
Only picked up from there, pressing tenaciously and winning possession on numerous occasions. Kept things very tight and fought like a warrior defensively to see out an important win for his coach.
Scott McTominay (7.0) –
McTominay’s presence seems to have amplified the energy-levels in the team, resulting in the blistering start. Brought that compactness which kept United’s midfield from being opened up and made some impressive challenges. Won the challenges Pereira couldn’t in his absence, frustrating Spurs midfielders with his hard-working nature. McTominay’s tough mentality also kept United from crumbling under pressure.
Jesse Lingard (6.5) –
Lingard’s pressed like a hotwire early on. Forced the mistake from Davinson Sanchez resulting in Rashford’s opener. Slipping into open areas cleverly and finding Rashford well in promising positions. Struck an attempted curler wide in the 28th. Smartly linked together moves to unsettle Spurs defence and created quite a few chances in his tenacious showing.
Marcus Rashford (8.5) –
Rashford cutting an electric presence zooming in through the left. Scorched in a powerful effort past Gazzaniga to get Old Trafford roaring in the 6th minute. Curled a freekick whiskers away from goal in the 17th. Then took a stunning toe-poke shot which bombed the post in the 25th. Forced another save two minutes later with a cheeky attempt.
Zoomed past Aurier and bought a foul from Sissoko cleverly inside the box to earn a penalty after the break. Slots it in calmly! Terrorized Spurs with his fiery movement and clinical when needed be. His best performance this season.
Daniel James (6.5) –
James is showing qualities of being a team-player by tracking back well. Clattered into Mourinho in the 12th minute after an electric run, causing some pain for the former United boss! Wheezed past Vertonghen many times, putting in inviting crosses to no real effect. Attempted his first goal since August in the 62nd minute, but his attempted curler was well saved. Another similar effort was palmed away six minutes later. Always a menace with his sizzling attitude.
Mason Greenwood (6.0) –
The youngster’s understandably being outmuscled by the much stronger defenders. Almost scored in the 23rd, when his powerful shot was well saved. Had a pretty quiet game after that and subbed after earning 80 minutes.
Andreas Pereira (5.5) –
While he was frustrating losing possession at times, Pereira brought a layer of protectiveness to see out the result.
Luke Shaw (6.0) –
Diligent going forward in the final minutes, but lacked the cutting-edge.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Despite not having partner-in-crime Martial by his side, Rashford starred in his own show today. He buzzed past defenders with ease, wowed Old Trafford with his trickery and was an absolute menace. Scored two clinical strikes and fully deserves MOTM today.