By guiding Manchester United to a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first manager in the club’s history to begin their tenure with six consecutive victories.
An impressive Marcus Rashford goal gifted the Red Devils a deserved lead before the interval, but the true star of the show was David De Gea, who produced stunning save after stunning save to earn his team the win.
Here are four things we learned from the match.
1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Is a Leading Candidate for the Permanent Job
Solskjaer came up against the heavy favourite to replace him at the end of the season in Mauricio Pochettino, but it was the former who came out on top.
A common criticism of Solskjaer’s United tenure was that they had yet to face a real test. There are few greater tests in English football than an away trip to Tottenham, and Solskjaer came out on top.
The players look reborn in the weeks following Jose Mourinho’s departure. It seems as though they want to play for Solskjaer, and United would be foolish not to capitalise on this. He may not be the biggest name in the race for the permanent manager job, but he deserves to be considered.
2. David De Gea Could Truly Be the Greatest of All Time
Breathtaking. Simply breathtaking. Think of every superlative that you possibly can, and then make up some more of your own – that’s how good David De Gea is.
The Spaniard produced an outrageous string of saves to keep United on top, and it is not the first time that he has done so. No other goalkeeper in world football can put in performances like this on such a consistent basis, and De Gea deserves his reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world.
If he keeps this up, he could easily go down as the greatest shot stopper to ever play the game.
3. Christian Eriksen Is Not a Central Midfielder
The Premier League boasts several excellent attacking midfielders, and Christian Eriksen is one of the finest examples. However, deployed in a deeper role against United, Eriksen’s weaknesses were regularly on show.
Lost in the land of giants amongst Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Eriksen simply had no time to work. He was regularly overpowered and dispossessed, which ultimately left Tottenham lacking his creativity in attack.
Regardless of his performance, he remains one of the best in his role in world football. However, Pochettino should keep him further forward if he wants to get the best out of the Dane.
4. United Are Coming for the Top Four
Earlier in the season, the thought of United finishing in the top four seemed far-fetched. At the moment, they are one of the division’s most in-form sides, and they’re coming for the top four.
Recovering that six points will certainly be a big ask for United. However, under Solskjaer, this side looks capable of anything. If they can rely on the herculean De Gea, then they just might have a chance.