When Manchester United seems most in crisis, and the seat is allegedly burning under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, then the team has to pull itself up and win.
Thus also Saturday night where the away match against Tottenham in the Premier League was won 3-0. Vital for United, who have been embarrassed since Sunday when they lost 0-5 at home to Liverpool.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was, if anything, crucial to the result. Two glimpses of his great class gave him a goal and an assist and United a much-needed victory.
It sends United up to fifth place with 17 points for 10 games. Tottenham will be on 15 points, and with the fifth defeat in seven league games, coach Nuno Espirito Santos’ job could easily be in jeopardy.
One also sensed the great importance of the showdown between two big clubs on their knees, because apart from the goals, the match was nothing to write home about.
Tottenham came roughly out of the first half hour and Son Heung-min had the biggest opportunity in the first third of the showdown. With a nice detail, he tamed the ball in the box, but the finish went over goal.
Fantastic delivery and nice full escapes
It drew up to a goalless half, but the genius of two Portuguese changed the position six minutes before the break.
In front of a densely populated field, Bruno Fernandes lifted a high, deep ball into the box, and despite the sharp angle, Cristiano Ronaldo completely escaped the ball into the net with great precision without a chance for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Behind 0-1, Tottenham were forced forward, but the home team, which had Pierre Emile Højbjerg on the field throughout the match, seemed completely devoid of ideas.
United, on the other hand, got more space to play on and it was utilized after a Tottenham error after just over an hour of play.
Ronaldo cheated an opponent with a sharp move and then played Edinson Cavani perfectly inside, and the striker from Uruguay finished coolly from the edge of the box to 2-0.
Tottenham continued to create nothing, and instead the last tinge of excitement was removed when Nemanja Matic with a sting found Marcus Rashford, who clinically scored to make it 3-0 with a few minutes left.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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