Manchester United have been boosted by the news that Paul Pogba is available after he recovered from a knee problem but Marcos Rojo has gone back to Argentina to continue his recovery from an unspecified injury.
If Ed Woodward and the board weren't seriously considering giving United's former striker the job on a permanent basis, they surely are now.
"And how I shouted at the goal of Manchester United was unbelievable".
The 48-year old Southgate has not managed a club side since he was sacked by Middlesbrough in 2009.
The second half may have relied on De Gea but the foundations for victory were assembled by that pro-active outlook that saw Rashford give United a half-time advantage. Can they extend that solid defensive form against Tottenham, one of the top attacking units in the Premier League this season?
The Frenchman described how this was something United had been training on ahead of the game knowing that Spurs play a high defensive line.
Lloris redeemed himself with two saves from Pogba but after that it was all about the excellence of De Gea as Spurs, roared on by the majority of the 80,000 crowd, desperately sought an equaliser.
David De Gea hasn't really had the best of times since last season ended. But not to be outdone is Jesse Lingard, who was attentive enough to steal the ball from Kevin Trippier with one touch and set the ball up for Pogba's assist.
"Of course, this Sunday it will be a very nice game to watch".
De Gea was the star, though, producing a string of saves to keep Kane, Alli and Toby Alderweireld at bay and ensuring Solskjaer equalled Matt Busby's record of winning his first five league games in charge of United.
'We thought that it was going to work here today.
'It's good that we have different ways to play against different teams.
Making one save after another, De Gea denied each of Kane, Alli, Alderweireld and Llorente at point blank range to keep United's lead intact and win the game for his team nearly single-handedly. However, both players already returned to training so their inclusion might be a game-time decision. "This is the real Manchester United".