Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals what Manchester United did to defeat Tottenham Hotspur

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The manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that the club had to meet to re-strategize after the humiliating 0-5 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Recall that on October 24, 2021, Liverpool visited Old Trafford and slammed the Red Devils with their worst home defeat in the club’s Premier League history.

About a week later, Manchester United traveled to Tottenham Hotspur for their 10th league team. The game was seen as an opportunity for the club to react to the humiliating 5-0 defeat.

Hence, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been under pressure since the defeat had to change the team’s formation against Spurs on Saturday, October 30.

For the first time since Ronaldo joined Manchester United, Solskjaer decided to pair him with another veteran striker, Edison Cavani. The paring worked magic especially towards the end of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Ronaldo scored the first goal in 39 minutes. Towards the 64th minute mark, the 36-year-old Portuguese football icon assisted Cavani to double the lead.

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He was replaced by Marcus Rashford afterward who scored in the 86th minute to give Manchester United a resounding 0-3 away victory over Spurs.

The victory has taken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team to the 5th spot with 17 points in 10 games, 8 points away from first-placed Chelsea.

After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanked the club’s coaches that came up with the tactics and ensured the team implemented the tactics against Spurs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals what Manchester United did to defeat Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United bench after Ronaldo and Fernandes were substituted during the league game against Spurs on Sunday.

The Norwegian tactician acknowledged that every member of the team did their job during the match and explained how the club’s defender, Raphael Varane, helped the team to achieve the club’s goal of ending the game with a clean sheet.

Solskjaer said: “The performance was really good from the start, it was really good from Tuesday morning when we worked on something that we felt and hoped and thought was going to work, and it did.

“Every man to a tee did their jobs and we kept a clean sheet and kept the ball away from David [de Gea], he didn’t have a save to make.

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“There are many things behind the tactics we used. One was solidity, we managed to get Raphael [Varane] slap bang in the middle of the back four because we needed a clean sheet.

“We needed to control the game with the ball and we did. We got Edinson and Cristiano to play together as a front two, and we got width from the wing-backs.

“If you change to a back three and you don’t get a result you are going to be scrutinized, but we felt it worked and the coaches have done a very good job to put that in place.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Ronaldo and Cavani

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Ronaldo and Cavani
Cristiano Ronaldo and Edison Cavani.

Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the experience of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edison Cavani in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The coach decided to start the two veterans during the game and the decision which the coach said he might make again paid off greatly.

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“Ronaldo and Cavani’s experience shone through today; both of them led the line really well all week, from training on Tuesday morning to tonight,” Solskjaer said.

“[Starting both of them] is something we might do again later but it’s something that worked tonight, that’s for sure.

“Both of them have been really good. Tuesday morning’s training session by Edinson Cavani is probably the best I’ve seen by an individual since I’ve come here. He led the line, led by example to everyone, and showed how to change the mood and the performance.

“The two of them were told early on they were going to play up front as a two and they have been like two peas in a pod. They have been really close, and it worked today; two excellent goals by the two of them.”

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