Gary Neville explains what Man United copied from Liverpool to help them beat Tottenham


It's fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer survived his first big test as Machester United manager over the weekend. 

He took his side to face third-placed Tottenham at Wembley and walked out with three points.

With the win, United have now moved level on points with Arsenal, who sit fifth in the Premier League, and the Red Devils are now chasing down the top four. 

It was Marcus Rashford's goal that separated the two sides on Sunday, but David de Gea picked up the Man of the Match award for his incredible display in goal. 

The Spaniard was a brick wall in the visitors' goal and made 11 saves against Spurs - his highest number in a single league game to date. 

There were big performances from a number of other United players and Solskjaer got his tactics spot on too, but Gary Neville believes there was something else that contributed to the team's win. 

According to the Sky Sports pundit, it was Liverpool that put the blueprints in place for Sunday's big victory, and he saw a number of similarities to their win at Wembley back in September. 


"It reminded me so much of the Liverpool game earlier in the season when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane got in down the sides of the Tottenham centre-backs," Neville said, per the Mirror

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"It looked to me like Solskjaer had watched that game and thought that's where I can hurt them."

So, despite the two clubs being bitter rivals, ex-United defender Neville believes that Solskjaer made note of how Liverpool set up earlier in the season - and that he was right to do so.  

"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."

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The win against Spurs last weekend proved that the baby-faced assassin can match with the league's best.

Maybe he's the right choice to take over at Old Trafford on a permanent basis - and support for him will continue to grow if he keeps on winning.  

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