Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after his side’s 3-0 success against Tottenham
Manchester United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after his side’s 3-0 success against Tottenham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took Manchester United south to play Tottenham with his team on the line however lives to battle one more day after his choices paid off abundantly in a 3-0 success.
The tension on the Norwegian was extreme after last week’s 5-0 awfulness show against Liverpool, in which Jurgen Klopp’s men humiliated their notable rivals.
United travelled to London for Saturday’s game after taking just one point from a possible 12 to fall well off the pace in the Premier League.
AFP looks at three talking points after the win against Spurs lifted United back within touching distance of the top four.
Solskjaer decided to match Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani front and center at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, choosing a hit power with a joined age of 70. It was whenever they first had begun together.
Youthful weapons Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were forfeited to clear a path for the veteran twofold demonstration, possibly denying United of push down the flanks.
However, Ronaldo and Cavani both got on the scoresheet and demonstrated a consistent cerebral pain for the Spurs protection.
Solskjaer said it was the most established team he had picked for United, adding he had concluded the time had come to put money on experience.
“The old men led from the front,” he told Sky Sports. “They play well together. They have loads of respect for each other. The work-rate and quality they put in is second to none.”
United’s defending at home against Liverpool was catastrophic, summed up by an incident in which Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw collided in the lead-up to Liverpool’s second goal.
Solskjaer chose to bring back France defender Raphael Varane against Spurs for his first game for the club since October 2, switching to a central back three, with Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka pushing forward.
“Raphael Varane is a top player,” Solskjaer told the BBC. “He reads the game well. He’s quick and so experienced. To get him back is massive for us.“
United looked quiet and guaranteed at the back and goalkeeper David de Gea didn’t have a solitary save to make as they recorded only their subsequent clean sheet of the period in all rivalries.
Ronaldo was named man of the match after he scored one objective and made one more for Cavani yet Solskjaer said Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay was his pick as the champion player.
McTominay and Fred were avoided by Liverpool’s mercury assailants last week yet settled control in London as a feature of a midfield four and gave a stage to the men front and center.
“Man of the match for me, by a mile,” said the United boss.
“That’s the Scott we have seen a few times before. He’s had his injury, he’s had his operation (on a groin injury) this season but today I thought he was absolutely brilliant.
“He won his tackles, drove forward, kept the ball simple, switched play, headed away a few set-plays. So, absolutely top.”