Gary Neville suggests Man United’s 1-0 win inspired by Liverpool FC display
The Man United legend believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took lessons from Liverpool FC's win at Spurs ahead of their trip to Wembley last weekend
Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have drawn inspiration from Liverpool FC’s win at Wembley earlier this season after Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Spurs last weekend.
The Red Devils produced a brilliant performance at the home of English football to extend their winning run under the interim Manchester United manager despite facing one of the league’s in-form teams.
Marcus Rashford scored a 44th-minute winner to continue his prolific form, while David De Gea made a staggering 11 saves to secure three points for the visitors.
Solskjaer deployed a Manchester United team full of pace after the Norwegian manager started Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Liverpool FC were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley earlier this season when Jurgen Klopp’s side thoroughly outplayed Spurs.
Former Manchester United defender Neville believes there is a good chance that Solskjaer watched Liverpool FC’s win at Wembley back in September to help the Red Devils boss construct a successful game plan for their trip to Spurs.
“They’ve gone to Dubai this week not for a stag party or a bonding session but to work,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.
“They went to work. They went to work on fitness, but they also went to work on tactics. In that first half [at Spurs] Manchester United could have been one or two goals up. Tottenham had a couple of chances as well but Manchester United looked really threatening in the channels.
“It reminded me so much of the Liverpool game earlier in the season at Wembley when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane got in down the sides of the Tottenham centre-backs.
“It looked to me like Solskjaer had watched that game and thought that’s where I can hurt them. It was clever.
“He proved in that first half that he can live in a big game against a big manager and a big team.”
Manchester United will return to Premier League action this weekend with a home clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford.
The Premier League leaders eased to a 1-0 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium last weekend thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner from the penalty spot.