Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was put to the test this weekend as his Manchester United faced an in-form Tottenham at Wembley Stadium in a match that has not had an away winner since 2014.
Tottenham were looking to close the gap between the top three and strengthen their title chances, while United looked to continue their impressive form and turn their season around for a top four finish.
The first notable action came in the ninth minute when Son Heung-min played a perfect reverse pass to Winks who played an enticing ball into the six-yard box. Unfortunately, there were no Spurs players in the box to finish off the slick move.
From there United managed to grow into the game, which culminated with a great save from Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman was quick to get down and deny a shot from Anthony Martial at the near post, after a defensive error from Kieran Trippier.
The match turned into a real nail biter, with each team finding weaknesses and chances on either end. The ball hit the back of the net for the first time in the 31st minute, but was disallowed as Tottenham’s star striker, Harry Kane, was off side.
That seemed to be it for the first half, before Paul Pogba picked out Marcus Rashford in the right channel. The united youngster took a couple of touches before expertly slotting the ball past Lloris into the left far corner.
Spurs came out with all guns blazing in the second half with Kane once again hitting the target. Luckily for the Reds, David de Gea was on hand to save the score line.
From there it became the battle of the goalkeepers, with each making fantastic saves to deny any changes to the score. David de Gea was having a fantastic game, and was on hand to deny Kane, Eriksen, Alli and Trippier on multiple occasions.
On the other side of the pitch it was Pogba who controlled the game and tested Lloris on multiple occasions.
All in all, Tottenham created the bulk of the chances in the second half, yet it was thanks to de Gea’s brilliance between the uprights that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled the United all-time record of winning his first five games, as the Reds clung on to a narrow 1-0 win.
The win sees United climb to joint fifth alongside Arsenal, while Spurs sit nine points of the top of the table and two behind City, who have a game in hand.