Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Manchester United 'add Gareth Southgate to managerial shortlist'

Manchester United 'add Gareth Southgate to managerial shortlist'

Can they extend that solid defensive form against Tottenham, one of the top attacking units in the Premier League this season?

"We had a fantastic goalkeeper, obviously".

The second half was a different story as Spurs went rampant with waves of attack, especially in the last 15 minutes. Even on a few occasions, England left-back marauded forward helping Martial and Rashford up front. "We weren't clinical. And sometimes with less opportunities you score, but there's no complaints".

"I don't even remember some of them, " De Gea said, when asked for his favourite save.

There must still be serious reservations at this early stage about whether Solskjaer will be handed the reins long-term but wins like this, built on a positive tactical platform from a resurgent team before a truly exception display of goalkeeping from David de Gea, will strengthen his case. "There have been some great keepers at this club and he is challenging Edwin [van der Sar] and Peter [Schmeichel] for the No 1 spot historically".

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Talk over De Gea's United future is sure to intensify in the coming days after Sunday's heroics, with his deal is due to expire next summer - after the activation of a one-year extension clause.

"The manager has brought some happiness", De Gea told Sky Sports.

Rashford became a first-team player at United at 18, three years quicker than Kane at Spurs.

"We know how to control games, create chances, it's very good for us".

Manchester United sources have however downplayed reports linking them with Southgate.

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The Red Devils have won all five of their games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager.

"It was a clear foul on Harry Kane, a big hit, [referee] Mike Dean said he didn't see it". "The second half, I think we did so well, we played so well".

"Did I send best wishes when he was ill?" The best 45 minutes.

Liverpool are their opponents in the final and the game goes to penalties, where Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard both miss from 12 yards. To win five games, you build your confidence and self-belief, and ego too.

The Serbian played a significant role in United's victory over Tottenham today. Spurs entered this game averaging 3.8 goals per game in their previous six matches, and the creativity was surely there, but the scoring boots weren't. Maybe our performance wasn't the best but we competed very well.

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