Solskjaer (file photo)
- Chelsea extend lead
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United at the weekend redeemed their image with a 3-0 away thrashing of Tottenham Hotspurs after a 5-0 humiliation at Old Trafford by Liverpool last weekend to leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hanging on to his job.
Also, their manager helped himself by introducing a new formation to the team, which paid off with the sweet victory.
The Norwegian’s decision to switch to a back three and start with a veteran strike pairing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani paid off as it put much pressure on the Tottenham’s defence, which later caved in with Ronaldo’s strike.
Ronaldo’s sumptuous volley from Bruno Fernandes’ cross settled United’s nerves six minutes before half-time.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then turned provider for Cavani to dink the ball over Hugo Lloris.
While fans were wondering why substituting Ronaldo with Marcus Rashford in the 75th minute, it produced an instant result as Rashford compounded Tottenham’s woos with a stnner of a goal – bringing the tally to 3-0.
With the badly-needed three points and performance for Solskjaer’s men, who registered just a second clean sheet in 22 games, the Red Davil are now in a good frame of mind to face Atalanta on Tuesday Champions League.
On the outcome of the Tottenham’s match, Solskjaer said, “We’ve built this performance on hard work, discipline and keeping the ball away from our goal.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea extended their lead at the top to three points as Reece James scored twice in a 3-0 win at Newcastle.
The Magpies are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and City’s success following huge investment from foreign owners.
However, Saudi-owned Newcastle have a battle just to remain in the top flight as they remain rooted in the bottom three without a league win this season.
All the goals arrived in the second-half as James produced two stunning finishes from right wing-back before Jorginho’s penalty rounded off the scoring.
“It will never be the moment when we celebrate results on the other pitches,” said Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.