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Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Marcus Rashford scores twice as Jose Mourinho loses first Spurs game

Marcus Rashford scores with a penalty

Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United condemned former manager Jose Mourinho to defeat on his return to Old Trafford and ended Tottenham's three-match winning steak under the Portuguese.

Rashford beat Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post after six minutes after the ball had broken to the England forward off Davinson Sanchez.

Then, after a long wait for a VAR check, Rashford kept his nerve to convert a penalty four minutes after the break, once it had been ruled the striker had been fouled by Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli had equalised with a brilliant goal at the end of the first half but United were good value for their victory after creating a number of excellent chances they failed to take.

Rashford was unable to become the first United player to score a league hat-trick since Robin van Persie's memorable effort against Aston Villa in 2013 but he now has 12 goals in 13 games for club and country, and his nine Premier League goals leave him one short of his season best.

Mourinho's return well-received

As expected, Mourinho was well received by the United fans, who never fell out with their former manager and have no particular axe to grind with him.

That respect will never match the affection Old Trafford has for Solskjaer though.

And the Norwegian used memories from his playing days to get the crowd up for the game by emerging last from the tunnel, triggering a song in his honour and the start of what proved to be a lively atmosphere.

Evidence of change at United came with a team that contained only five players Mourinho picked for the corresponding fixture last season.

That August night ended in a 3-0 defeat for United and an angry Mourinho demand for the media to show him some "respect" for his three Premier League titles.

The first of those triumphs is over 15 years ago now. Mourinho's task is to show his best days are not behind him.

He didn't make a particularly brilliant job of that in his last weeks in Manchester and, as happened so often then, tonight he spent long periods in his technical area with his hands in his pockets watching his team get outplayed.

His substitutes failed to inspire and with eight goals conceded in four games, Mourinho evidently has some work to do defensively.

At the end, he moved to shake Solskjaer's hand before striding purposefully away to try and lift his players.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 18Young
  • 39McTominay
  • 17Fred
  • 21James
  • 14LingardSubstituted forShawat 87'minutes
  • 10Rashford
  • 26GreenwoodSubstituted forPereiraat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mata
  • 15Pereira
  • 22Romero
  • 23Shaw
  • 37Garner
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 53Williams

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forLo Celsoat 85'minutes
  • 8WinksBooked at 13minsSubstituted forNdombeleat 70'minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forEriksenat 64'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 15Dier
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 21Foyth
  • 23Eriksen
  • 28Ndombele
  • 49Austin
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
73,252

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw.