Cristiano Ronaldo hailed an “incredible” performance from Manchester United by defeating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 3-0 victory at Tottenham.
While Spurs now clearly have their own issues, United have eased the pressure on their Norwegian manager with a resounding result in London.
A formidable volley from Ronaldo gave United the lead after 39 minutes, and the 36-year-old played with Edinson Cavani to score the visitors’ second goal just past the hour mark, substitute Marcus Rashford adding a third late in the game. match.
This gave United their biggest away league win against Tottenham since February 2007, when they won 4-0 at White Hart Lane. Coincidentally, Ronaldo also gave United the advantage in this game, on his first stint at the club.
Last weekend’s 5-0 home loss to Liverpool left United on a low ebb, but it was a marked improvement, with Solskjaer picking three center-backs and seeing the tactical change bring a more solid display.
Ronaldo told Sky Sports: “We knew before the game that we had had a difficult week. We had results that we weren’t really expecting. The team was a bit under pressure, a bit sad, but we knew that today we would give a good answer, we played well, we started the game very well.
“My job is to help the team with my experience, with goals, with assists, and I did that today. In terms of the team, it was an incredible performance in my opinion.”
United had taken just one point in their previous four Premier League games, and a challenge for the title started to seem unlikely, even at this early stage in the campaign. Discussions that Solskjaer could lose his job intensified to the point that Tottenham’s game looked like a must-see match.
“It was difficult, we weren’t expecting the latest Premier League results. But I hope this time we have changed the page,” Ronaldo said.
“It’s not just the coach, what a lot of people point out, it’s also the players. I think some things happen for a reason, and we have to be happy for this amazing afternoon.
“We won 3-0 in an away stadium against a difficult team, and we are delighted and happy about it. Not just for the coach, for the club, for the players, that’s normal. The club is so great and the criticism is still there. “
Ronaldo had just three touches in Tottenham’s penalty area, according to Opta’s game data, but he made the most of the half-chance he was given by a Bruno Fernandes raked ball.
When it comes to reacting to a team’s results, Ronaldo feels like he has seen it all. From the early days of his first stint at United, and through his stint at Real Madrid and Juventus thereafter, his performance and that of his teams have always come under scrutiny.
That won’t change because of this result, given that United have a crucial midweek mission against Atalanta in the Champions League, followed by next weekend’s derby against Manchester City.
“For me, it doesn’t bother me because I played 18 years of football,” he said. “I know [the perceptionÂ is that] one day is perfect and another day we are c ** p. I know that, and we have to deal with it.
“But it’s always better when people congratulate you and are happy with you, and you win. Sometimes you have to go through bad times, and we have to change, and we have changed today.”