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De Gea's saves help United beat Tottenham in Premier League

AP  |  London 

There were too many saves for Manchester United to even remember.

Everyone else was certainly counting: Eleven. The most by any in a match this season. And they were all in the second half to thwart a comeback.

The Spaniard's virtuoso goalkeeping performance protected a 1-0 victory in the on Sunday after Marcus Rashford's first-half strike, giving United a sixth successive victory in all competitions since Ole replaced

"I said to David at halftime, 'You might have to make a save here, you have to keep your concentration,'" Solskjaer said.

"He didn't have to keep his concentration because he was never allowed to relax. He is a fantastic I think he's the best in the world."

Few would dispute that on Sunday as was masterful with his hands and feet particularly frustrating efforts by and to equalize.

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

Rashford helped out his teammate.

"The near-post save from the corner was the best one," the striker said, alongside De Gea.

That was in the 70th minute when Christian Eriksen's corner was turned in at the near post by and De Gea's instinctive reaction saw the ball cleared with his left foot.

"De Gea was unbelievable, and all credit to him," said.

"We weren't clinical. And sometimes with less opportunities you score, but there's no complaints."

The only goal came in the 44th minute at after defender gave the ball away. sent a long, high diagonal pass to Rashford who controlled the ball with one touch and then sent it low beyond goalkeeper

By passing his first significant test, Solskjaer strengthened his bid to keep the manager's job into next season.

In particular, he got the better of Pochettino, who has been considered the favorite to be hired as Mourinho's permanent successor. Although still third in the standings, Tottenham has now lost back-to-back league home games and top-scorer limped off at the end.

United is yet to rise from sixth under Solskjaer but the record 20-time English champion is now only behind Arsenal on goal difference and six points adrift of Chelsea in the fourth and final place.

And the mood has been transformed at United since Mourinho was fired and former fans' favorite Solskjaer was brought in on loan from Norwegian side Molde.

"The brought some happiness, the players are playing well and the team is very strong now," De Gea said. "This is the real Manchester United.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 09:50 IST