Mauricio Pochettino is widely tipped to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's permanent replacement at Manchester United. By barking instructions to Dalot, he showed he would not allow his players to switch off and forget the game plan until the last ball had been kicked. While Spurs dominated most of the possession - as expected - United were risky in transition and that is how the solitary goal of the game came about. "The second half, I think we did so well, we played so well".
It was an afternoon of misfortune for Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs manager, who has been heavily linked with a move to United at the end of the season, when Solskjær's short-term contract is due to expire.
Yes, there will be bigger and tougher challenges to come.
This match had been billed as the first real test of Solskjaer's tenure at the club but he appeared to get his tactics right as his side were much the better in the opening exchanges.
Pochettino professed himself to be pleased with Spurs' performance against United despite the defeat, having seen his side muster 21 shots, with 11 on target, but fail to beat David De Gea.
Pogba played the pass over the Tottenham defence that set Rashford in on goal before the England global finished past Hugo Lloris. However, both players already returned to training so their inclusion might be a game-time decision.
Real Madrid may yet have a say in that but there is no doubt Spurs now have a vested interest in Solskjaer doing so well that his bandwagon, now moving at a rather stately pace, gathers unstoppable momentum. "I like to be more attacking". This is my position. "The best example is Frank Lampard". They are playing with passion again, with width and pace again, with a smile again. "And we're winning, so indeed we play with a smile always".
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The 45-year-old can make it seven in a row when Brighton visit Old Trafford on Saturday.
Alli then had another good chance after he was played in but shot straight at De Gea, while Eriksen hit a free kick from the edge of the box wide and Toby Alderweireld forced another superb save at the near post from a corner. De Gea was a huge reason why this team took the loss at home, and now it's time to rebound.
It speaks volumes that even with a weakened squad compared to their top six rivals (even Manchester United, really), Spurs are still able to effect matches with simple tactical changes.
Tellingly, Solskjaer spoke in his postmatch news conference about his team's spirit before, knowingly or otherwise, name-checking every one of his starting eleven inside the space of three minutes. 'We've had some great goalkeepers and he's challenging Edwin and Peter for the No 1 spot historically.
Ander Herrera complimented Matic well in the center of the park and often seen moving out with the ball to give the defense some respite against a relentless Spurs attack.
Solskjaer was also asked for his signature and photos after masterminding a fine victory over Spurs.