What Solskjaer Told Man Utd Players At Half-time vs Mourinho’s Tottenham

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is congratulated by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he is substituted.

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Jose Mourinho travelled back to Old Trafford yesterday with his new side Tottenham Hotspur in a mid-week thriller.

Although Marcus Rashford’s early strike gave his side a  lead in the game, the in-form Dele Alli managed to level the score between the two sides. The half-time whilst blew with both teams equally matched, but a Rashford penalty early into the second half ensured all 3 points for United.

Last night was the Red Devils’ first win in last 4 games. The squad seemed to have lacked confidence. But that was not the case at Old Trafford as the home side valiantly earned a win.

It was reported widely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job would be under some serious threat should he have failed to bring in some result yesterday. And it seems like that may have pushed him into a turnaround.

In fact, Scott McTominay explains that the Norwegian stayed confident even as the scores were levelled at half-time. Solskjaer made sure to offer support and raise the morale and in the players’ heads the dressing room during the half time team talk.

“The manager reiterated that point,” McTominay told MUTV.

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“[He said:] “Some of the things that you were doing in that first half, some of the shots and stuff like that, with Marcus and Jesse and Mason getting in pockets as well.”

The former Cardiff boss was well known for stealing late winners for the Old Trafford outfit during his time as a player and as a manager he managed to do just that. The 46-year-old inspired his side into snatching a victory from nothing despite their recent form being woeful.

Meanwhile, United winning yesterday means they have now jumped up to sixth on the Premier League, above Tottenham and Arsenal. The ex-Molde boss’ job was under threat by the man he replaced and he reiterated why that decision may have been right.