Ronaldo relieves Solskjaer and Man United by winning Tottenham Hotspur
After Manchester United’s 3-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, the managers exchanged a brief handshake, but by then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had already handed the reins to Nuno Espirito Santo as the Premier’s beleaguered manager. League.
Thousands of Tottenham fans had already left, but those who stayed did so mainly to boo Nuno off the pitch as his counterpart walked across the turf towards a section of United supporters who had chanted Solskjaer’s name for most of the second half as their club ended a tough week with a well-deserved victory.
Spurs fans chose a more caustic repertoire, shouting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ at Nuno for his first substitution of the game, when Lucas Moura was replaced by Steven Bergwijn with the score at 1-0, to demand for club president Daniel Levy resigns.
Solskjaer’s job is far from certain, and he has a tough Champions League trip to Atalanta as well as the Manchester derby next weekend, but his team’s performance was a reaction to recent events at Old Trafford. , which have seen rival scenarios emerge.
On the one hand, there is a feeling that United players and supporters are losing faith in their manager under fire, while Solskjaer himself has responded that the team are working hard on the training ground to right the ship. after the 5-0 loss last weekend. by Liverpool.
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Given the outcome of the game, with United ending a four-game winless streak in the Premier League and putting in their most complete performance of the season, the 48-year-old was not about to miss a chance. to question some of the coverage, praising “great” fans and criticizing those who wanted to “portray a different story,” as he put it.
This performance confirmed Solskjaer’s belief that his side are always behind him, and his players executed a game plan that included just two changes from the starting lineup against Liverpool, but included a three-way defense, in which Raphael Varane made a significant difference on his return from a groin injury.
Solskjaer has used three at the back in the past but it remains to be seen whether this is a plan for the future or a last ditch effort to rally a demoralized team. One conclusion that’s hard to avoid is that the manager’s immediate future will be determined by the success – or failure – of Ronaldo’s re-signing.
Even with his superb individual quality, the 36-year-old as a lone center forward often hampered United’s attacking pace, but here he was paired up front with Edinson Cavani, whose presence offered United more dynamism with and without the ball.
The front row has a combined age of 70, but between them Ronaldo and Cavani have scored over 1,200 goals in their careers, and the fact that they each added to their tally at Tottenham made the performances stand out. of their team and established the game as a fight with a third of the game remaining. It was something that had been brought up during the week, according to Solskjaer.
“Edinson Cavani’s Tuesday morning workout is probably the best I’ve seen for an individual since I’ve been here,” Solskjaer said. âHe led the line, he became a good example for everyone, how to go about changing the mood and the two were told from the start that they were going to play two up front. They were like two peas in a pod, very close, and it worked.
United took the lead six minutes before half-time when Bruno Fernandes found Ronaldo with a fantastic tilted pass after Cristian Romero’s goal was ruled out for offside and Son Heung-Min shot from close range. The Portuguese bet Ben Davies wouldn’t be able to extend to intercept, then unleashed a powerful volley with his right foot into the far corner.
After 64 minutes, Ronaldo provided a brilliant through pass to Cavani, who unleashed a silky shot on Hugo Lloris and into the net. Marcus Rashford, who replaced Ronaldo, added a third third as he breached the Spurs defense to maintain his impressive form following his return from shoulder surgery.
Ronaldo’s departure follows a lengthy explanation from Solskjaer as to why he was benched; “OK, OK,” Ronaldo replied, taking a stand on the bench. He had avoided more protests or apathy that would have dealt Solskjaer’s credentials yet another blow and added an advantage to professional performances in a less dramatic way than his Champions League winners against Villarreal and Atalanta.
In comparison, consider Harry Kane. While Ronaldo may be motivated by the prospect of returning to his former club, Kane, who was denied a transfer to Manchester City this summer, continues to appear as he would rather be elsewhere. He only blocked one shot and his once ruthless affair with Son was almost nonexistent.
Spurs’ problems, on the other hand, are systemic and extend far beyond their big two. For the first time in a home league game since December 2013, they failed to register a single shot on target, and it has been two hours and 16 minutes since they forced an opposing goalkeeper to make a save.
This indicates a manager who has yet to develop a consistent style of play, an unpleasant stasis that is a far cry from Mauricio Pochettino’s proactive era, in which the club continue to exist. The hosts were so lethargic that a battered United side were able to settle into the game, regain confidence and ultimately win comfortably.
Both Solskjaer and Nuno want to move their teams away from Jose Mourinho’s regressive approach. Due to COVID-19 constraints, the former permanent manager of Tottenham did not face the same backlash from fans for what they saw as a betrayal of the club’s aggressive legacy; Nuno, on the other hand, cannot have such illusions.
“I only think about the next training session because there are no words that will solve the situation,” Nuno said. âThe boos and disappointment from the fans is understandable. When they don’t see the team they expect – and I really expect us to be better than what we’ve shown today – they’re going to boo. It’s up to us to change the mood.
Solskjaer was then about to board the team bus, having interrupted his media duties earlier to sign autographs, accompanied by the screams of the few United fans still there. It’s amazing how quickly things can change.