Manchester United beating Tottenham could be good news for Spurs

Posted January 14, 2019

Paul Pogba's form has mirrored that of United under Solskjaer, the World Cup victor netting four goals and adding three assists in his four games since Jose Mourinho left the club, but Pochettino warned against the dangers of focusing too much on one individual.

"It's all very well strutting his stuff now Jose Mourinho is gone - Paul Pogba needs to show he's not a one trick pony today", Kilbane told the Daily Mail.

"Clearly Mourinho was not the ideal manager to get the best out of the Frenchman. It's easier to play an attacking way and your way when you've got good players, and he's got lots of good players".

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saves during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London England Sunday Jan. 13 2019

The 48-year old Southgate has not managed a club side since he was sacked by Middlesbrough in 2009. Solskjaer is winning games and plaudits, while his predecessor is having his reputation damaged further.

But after his United team brushed aside Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading, Solskjaer had to make a statement versus a big-six rival, and he did that by outfoxing Pochettino with a plan that set out to deny Spurs time and space to attack through the middle. "After four and a half years, the second half was the best performance I have seen Tottenham play". "This is the real Manchester United".

And yet, amid the dejection, the shaft of light might emerge from the afterglow of United's win and the latest success in their remarkable resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Of course we are not going to be only focused on Pogba.

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Lloris redeemed himself with two saves from Pogba but after that it was all about the excellence of De Gea as Spurs, roared on by the majority of the 80,000 crowd, desperately sought an equaliser. At the other end Lloris was good, but failed to keep Rashford's strike out despite getting a hand to it, and that proved to be the difference.

It would undoubtedly, however, come as a great relief to Spurs if Solskjaer did so well that United looked closer to home and did the sort of deal with Molde that would be little more than a formality.

David De Gea again proved the saviour for Manchester United.

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Despite their midweek cup exploits, Pochettino thought his altered pre-match preparations wouldn't affect his side, adding: "For us, it was very competitive - Tuesday, the semi-final against Chelsea". I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game.

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