Up against Mauricio Pochettino, the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho on a full-time basis at Old Trafford, Solskjaer’s team played energetic football and pretty much did what’s needed in a match of many chances, with De Gea’s display just as important as Marcus Rashford’s third goal in as many games.
United were a specific peril on the counter and it was no nothing unexpected to see them ultimately go ahead at the end of such of a move, with Rashford finishing after Paul Pogba’s magnificent pass.
An open second half saw both teams create a heap of chances, however Hugo Lloris and the outstanding De Gea came out on top, with United moving level on 41 points with fifth-placed Arsenal as a result.
After a splendid Spurs opening, United looked a threat on the break and went close twice before the 20th minute – Jesse Lingard firing wide of the top-right corner from 12 yards, before Anthony Martial tested Lloris from a tight angle.
Spurs lost Moussa Sissoko to a speculated groin injury after 43 minutes, and United broke the gridlock a few moments later – Pogba’s lovely long ball releasing Rashford, who found the bottom-left corner from 18 yards.
Pochettino’s side looked re-invigorated at the start of the second half, with De Gea making crucial saves from Kane and Dele Alli within five minutes of the restart.
Still United threatened, however, with Pogba seeing a close-range effort tipped over by Lloris, before his controlled effort just inside the box in the 62nd minute forced a smart stop from the France goalkeeper.
De Gea was the star, though, delivering a series of saves to keep Kane, Alli and Toby Alderweireld under control and guaranteeing Solskjaer equalled Matt Busby’s record of winning his first five league games in charge of Manchester United.