Marcus Rashford in double when Manchester United sinks the Jose Mourinho Spurs
MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho The return to Old Trafford ended in defeat when Marcus Rashford He scored two goals for Manchester United in a deserved 2-1 victory in the Premier League over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Mourinho was fired as coach of United almost a year ago and this was his first defeat in four games since he replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the Spurs last month.
After their worst start to the season since 1988, United fans were justified to see Mourinho return apprehensively.
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But one hugely encouraging night for United ended with the Stretford End roaring their approval of his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an impressive performance by his team led them to sixth place in the table.
Rashford put United ahead in the seventh minute, but a piece of technical brilliance from Dele Alli took the Spurs to the level, just for a penalty from Rashford in the 49th minute to secure the three points for the hosts.
The England striker was at his best, swaggering in the front line and terrorizing the Spurs' defense, but Solskjaer will also be delighted with a greatly improved performance by Brazilian midfielder Fred.
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The first goal was scored when Spurs defender Davinson Sánchez was second best in a fight with Jesse Lingard and the ball fell to Rashford, who confidently unleashed a low momentum that hit the post.
Rashford approached again with an 18-minute free kick that passed by Paulo Gazzaniga's right post.
Argentine goalkeeper Gazzaniga soon returned to action to avoid a low shot from Greenwood, after Daniel James again caused problems for Jan Vertonghen.
Rashford played with real bravado and was close to a second in the 25th minute with a perfect punch momentum that Gazzaniga leaned brightly on the bar.
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With Scott McTominay as a powerful presence, United dominated the midfield and continued to threaten the Spurs' goal, Rashford fired a wide shot and Lingard approached.
But a moment of brilliance at the other end took Tottenham to the level six minutes before the break.
Serge Aurier's shot was saved by David De Gea's legs, the ball was raised in the air and Alli produced a remarkable ability to knock the ball down and beat Fred and Ashley Young before finishing with poise.
After all their pressure, it was difficult for United to enter the interval without an advantage, but they would soon regain their advantage.
Cutting from the left, Rashford passed Aurier, broke into the box and was tripped by Moussa Sissoko, winning a penalty he received and, from a short previous period, got into his house.
Gazzaniga saved the Spurs again with a good dive stop from James and when Mourinho introduced Christian Eriksen in the midfield, the Spurs threatened more, but there was great value over United.
There he tested De Gea with a low shot at the time of detention, but the night belonged to Rashford and a young United team that received the perfect boost before Saturday's trip to the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester derby.
This is the most difficult thing we have had to work to get a result, Rashford said.
In the position we are in now, we want these games. We want to show people that we can play against the best teams.