Manchester United: Solskjaer not getting carried away by Spurs win

31 October 2021 05:51:23 GMTPlus10
Solskjaer admits Varane "massive" for United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team showed heart as they beat Tottenham 3-0 in North London, but they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas ahead of a busy week.

Solskjaer had been linked with the sack after the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, but the Norwegian kept his job and guided his team to a routine success at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Red Devils are still regarded as outsiders for the title at 12122.00, but they showed they are willing to fight for Solskjaer, while Spurs looked lost under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Ronaldo at it again

Cristiano Ronaldo's volley in the first half put United in front, while the Portugal international had a goal ruled out for offside at the start of the second half. That did not slow the Red Devils down though, with Ronaldo then turning provider for Edinson Cavani in the 64th minute.

Solskjaer's side still had time for a third as Marcus Rashford stepped off the bench to capitalise on more poor defending from Spurs as United enjoyed a semblance of recovery after last week's embarrassment.

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However, former Molde coach Solskjaer wants his team to build on Saturday's display ahead of games against Atalanta and Manchester City.

Varane return key

He told BBC Sport: "We worked on this this week. The boys were brilliant, they took it on board.

"Raphael Varane is a top player. He reads the game well. He's quick and so experienced. To get him back is massive for us.

"We've built this performance on hard work, discipline and keeping the ball away from our goal. Spaces will open up, especially if you get the first goal.

"The first goal always decides how the game goes. We've got a hard week again. Champions League game then City. We've got to digest this one and be ready for Tuesday."

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