De Gea the hero as United make it six; Perfect weekend for Irish provinces

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea celebrates during his team’s win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: PA

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea celebrates during his team’s win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: PA

David de Gea was the hero as Manchester United beat Tottenham and extended their winning start under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær to six matches on Sunday evening. That’s the record for any new manager at the club. The Spanish goalkeeper made 11 saves as Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the match to give Solskjær what is by a distance his biggest win so far. In his column this morning Ken Early explains how Solskjær’s managerial credentials are looking increasingly serious: “by the end of the season, “Pochettino” could be the answer to a question nobody at United is still asking. In Solskjær they have already chanced upon the solution.”

The injury picked up by Luke McGrath in Leinster’s win over Toulouse on Saturday was the only blight in an otherwise perfect European weekend for the Irish provinces. Four wins from four leaves the Irish quartet on course for qualification from their respective Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pools, although all are still in need of one more win to make sure. Gerry Thornley writes: “For all four to secure places in the knockout stages would be a first, and a huge fillip before England come calling on the opening weekend of the Six Nations on Saturday week.”

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