Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the work rate and link-up play of Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo as the two veteran strikers scored in Manchester United’s well-earned 3-0 win at Tottenham.
The Norwegian praised his players for their hard work and dedication to the gameplan, after Manchester United’s well-earned 3-0 win at Tottenham.
Ole and his side bounced back from the recent poor run of form in the Premier League, with a change of system, which he noted had been the focus of the week’s work at Carrington, proving key in beating Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Here’s what the boss of Manchester United had to say to MUTV and Sky Sports after the final whistle, including acknowledgement of the roles played by twin strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani…
Everyone bought into the plan
“The boys have been really good, they’ve worked really hard. It has to be banter in football, that’s how it should be. Ever since Tuesday morning when we came in, we had a plan with the coaches.
“We sat down with the players, made sure that we’re all buying into this plan. It’s a little bit of a different approach when you’re away from home, we’ve had a difficult week and they’ve stuck at it and worked really, really hard to get this result.”
We built from the back
“We know when we have a clean sheet we have a chance to win any game because of the quality we have upfront, but it’s about control. I thought we spread the game really well with the wing-backs.
“After the first six or seven minutes, when they had most of the ball, we settled down, we kept passing, we kept switching the ball, and you could see things opening up.”
Age is just a number
“I’ve been here three years as a manager and Tuesday’s training performance by Edinson Cavani is the best performance anyone has put into a training session here. The old men [Ronaldo and Cavani] led from the front. They play well together.
“They have loads of respect for each other. The work-rate and quality they put in are second to none. The [players] play for the club no matter what. It’s not about me. It’s about us improving as a group.”
The subs added quality
“We know we have players like Mason [Greenwood], Jesse [Lingard], Marcus [Rashford], Jadon [Sancho]. We can put players on with quality. The main thing was to get to 60-70 minutes with spaces to run into and we did.”
Focus moves to Atalanta
“You know you’re under pressure from day one when you walk in here and of course this week has been a difficult one for the players, fans they haven’t been happy but as I said out there, this is one game. It’s the next one now – Atalanta.
“For me, there are so many other things out there, horrible things that you have to look at yourself and be happy that you are where you are and that you have the responsibility that you have. You have to enjoy it because when I don’t then it’s time to knock on and say ‘right that’s not me’.”