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Solskjaer praises James as Man Utd defeat Spurs

Manchester United defeated Tottenham 2-1 in Shanghai on Thursday thanks to a late Angel Gomes winner.

The goal completed a remarkable sequence of goals during United's four-match tour of Australia and Asia, with all nine either scored or assisted by a player who has been developed by their academy.

It was not all good news for United though, as central defender Eric Bailly left the field on a stretcher with what looked like a serious knee injury.

Anthony Martial had given United a deserved half-time lead with a shot that went through Paulo Gazzaniga's legs.

But Spurs were the better side after the interval and levelled through Lucas Moura's deflected shot.

The game seemed destined for penalties until 18-year-old Gomes beat two defenders inside the penalty area and fired home.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with the attitude of Daniel James, who was targeted by Spurs during his time on the pitch.

"Of course we want them to be looked after," Solskjaer said. "But it's a man's sport, we can't lose tackling in football as long as you tackle fairly.

"Dan is so quick and it's not easy to time tackles against him. I can understand why players mistime tackles against him and he's a brave little boy and he jumps.

"He's taken a few knocks over the tour but, as an old man, I like to see tackles. There's no rolling about, or diving [with James]. If he stays down he's injured but he gets up when he's just hurt.

"There's a difference between being hurt and injured."

Bailly was forced off within 10 minutes of coming on and Solskjaer sounded pessimistic about the extent of the defender's injury.

"It's never nice when you get an injury and it's not worth it when you lose one," Solskjaer added. "He's done his knee but we're not sure how bad it is, so we need to get back to Manchester and do the scans, but let's hope for the best."

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