Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United: 3 Talking Points

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Manchester United returned to winning ways as they put three unanswered goals past Tottenham Hotspur.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, and late substitute Marcus Rashford got on the score-sheet in what was a dominating display from start to finish.

The result, however, won’t make a lot of difference in the grand scheme of things, but will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his under-fire squad a little breathing room.


1. New Formation

After their 5-0 thrashing against Liverpool, the first issue that Solskjaer needed to address was the defence. His 3-5-2 formation away from home did exactly that, as United recorded only their second clean sheet of this season.

Meanwhile, Tottenham failed to have a shot on target in a Premier League home fixture for the first time since 2013.


2. Veteran Strike Duo

The change of system also saw Ronaldo line up alongside Cavani up top. Their composure compensated for lack of pace up front, as they linked up brilliantly to dismantle Spurs’ defence.

Ronaldo opened the scoring, as well as assisted the Uruguayan for United’s second goal of the game. Solskjaer could certainly use the duo’s experience against Pep Guardiola’s side as well next weekend.


3. Under Pressure

Three goals, a clean sheet, and a much needed win eased the pressure on Solskjaer, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men found themselves getting booed at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

There were calls for the Norwegian’s sacking after the embarrassing defeat at Old Trafford last weekend, and his counterpart could face the same fate after this result.

United decided to give their manager few more games to salvage the season, and the former Wolves gaffer will hope for the same support from Daniel Levy.