Manchester United bounce back in style with full victory over Spurs to ease pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United eased the pressure on the spotlight on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with an easy 3-0 win at Tottenham which saw the heat build over Nuno Espirito Santo.
olskjaer is fighting for his job after Liverpool’s 5-0 humiliation last weekend, but as has been the case so often during his reign at United, his side got a result when they needed it most.
A brilliant goal from Cristiano Ronaldo – his 11th against Tottenham, England’s greatest opponents – and strikes from Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford in the second half saw United move towards the points in north London and have gave the Norwegian a bit of a break.
It won’t be out of the woods just yet, however, with a Champions League trip to Atalanta and the Manchester derby coming next week.
While Solskjaer will have enjoyed his night, the same cannot be said of Nuno as Tottenham fans have turned on their boss Nuno, chanting “You don’t know what you are doing” and made their feelings clear full time. with a strong chorus of boos.
The Portuguese appears to be a doomed man and with his toothless side on offense and unable to shoot on target for the 90 minutes, fans’ patience is already running out.
Spurs could have entered the top four with a win, but it never came through and with five wins and five losses in their first 10 games, a challenge for Champions League qualification goes beyond- beyond this team.
Both teams had the opportunity to gain the upper hand in the opening 10 minutes as Son Heung-min saw a deflected effort and at the other end Cavani’s shot was blocked by Eric Dier.
Tottenham started to grow in the game and should have taken the lead midway through the first half.
After United cleared a corner, Lucas Moura’s chopped ball over it found Son, but the South Korean went close to close range after gaining full control of the ball.
Five minutes later, Spurs believed they had taken the lead when Cristian Romero turned Dier’s header from a corner at the far post, but he was several yards offside.
It felt like it was the hosts who had the momentum, but United beat him in the 39th minute with a quality moment that was achieved and finished in Portugal.
Ronaldo cleverly lifted the shoulder off Ben Davies and his compatriot Bruno Fernandes spotted him from a precise cross.
There was still a lot to do for the 36-year-old, but his finish was superb, sending a weak volley for the first time through Hugo Lloris and to the far post as he continued his love affair of scoring against Les Spurs.
He was celebrating a second early in the second half after another emphatic finish, but he went slightly ahead with his run and he was ruled out for offside.
Tottenham fans weren’t happy with what they witnessed and turned on Nuno when he replaced Moura in the 54th minute.
Boos echoed through the stadium, followed by chants of “You don’t know what you are doing”.
The mood deteriorated even further in the 64th minute as United doubled their lead.
Oliver Skipp was deprived of possession in the center circle, Fernandes moved on to Ronaldo, who played in an upside-down Cavani and his cut-off finish was elegant.
United killed the game four minutes to go as substitute Rashford came home after being played by Nemanja Matic.
This infuriated Tottenham fans even more and they chanted Nuno’s sacking and President Daniel Levy’s impeachment.