Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Gareth Southgate on Manchester United's managerial shortlist

Gareth Southgate on Manchester United's managerial shortlist

If we look at Manchester United's record against Tottenham, we can see the Spurs won the most recent league meeting (3-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season) but United won the previous match at Wembley, during last year's FA Cup semifinal.

And he went on to the Wembley turf at the final whistle to take the acclaim from thousands of United fans who chanted his name regularly and thunderously throughout a sixth successive win.

However, they are prepared to do business at the end of the season, with moves for Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld reportedly being considered.

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. 'We created more than enough chances to win the game.

The second half was a different story as Spurs went rampant with waves of attack, especially in the last 15 minutes.

However, he was regularly restricted to substitute appearances after Jose Mourinho replaced Van Gaal as manager later that year, and was often asked to play in a left-sided role, with Romelu Lukaku as the central attacker. "We weren't clinical. And sometimes with less opportunities you score, but there's no complaints".

"I thought he was going to go near post, but it was a well-struck finish".

"But there's maybe one or two fantastic saves and the rest was just about concentration and being in the right position".

"We had a very nice lunch in London [in 2016] and since then we have kept a good relationship".

Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007, has made it clear that he would love to stay on as manager beyond this season, helping his cause by winning his first five matches in charge. That speaks about their attacking intent and United's inability to correctly defend.

"I am so happy with the performance", Pochettino said. It was really hard with the system, the tactics that we used to play. The best 45 minutes. To win five games, you build your confidence and self-belief, and ego too.

Nightmares of De Gea, that's what Spurs players and coaches will have Sunday night. I am disappointed with the result of course, but very happy with the reaction after conceding the goal.

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