Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo scores and assists to ease pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his Premier League opener, marking the first Premier League goal in nearly six weeks since United's 2-1 win over West Ham.

Manchester United came back from Liverpool's humiliation to lift the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and turned the heat on Nuno Espirito Sante, his Tottenham counterpart.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the inspiration for an outstanding United performance that provided the perfect response last week's 5-0 at Old Trafford, raising questions about Solskjaer’s future.

Although the Norwegian manager isn't yet out of the woods, Ronaldo made his boss's life easier with a superb far-post volley from Bruno Fernandes six minutes before the break and a slide rule pass to set Edinson Cavani up for a second goal after 64 minutes.

Spurs, on the other hand, were poor with Harry Kane only in the game, and unrest among their supporters, who turned against Nuno after Lucas Moura was replaced by Steven Bergwijn in half two.

Four minutes after the match ended, Marcus Rashford closed it out with a cool conclusion. Spurs fans were furious at Nuno and their chairman, and chants of "We want Levy Out" echoed around the stadium.

Ronaldo comes to Ronaldo's rescue

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Ronaldo showed his talent at a time when Solskjaer was most desperate and United couldn't afford to lose.

The tireless and exceptional Cavani was instrumental in bringing the Portuguese striker to United's performance. Although it was difficult given Spurs' poor opposition, it was no problem.

Ronaldo was a constant threat to his movement. He also saw a thunderous strike ruled out by United.

The Uruguayan showed a stunning technique in achieving his goal, then he teamed up with Cavani for an impressive finish that effectively ended the contest.

Solskjaer was able, along with captain Harry Maguire (and Victor Lindelof) to restore Raphael Varane's defence. This back three dealt well with the weak attacking efforts by Spurs.

This must be viewed in context of Liverpool's superiority to Spurs, but Solskjaer still enjoyed a satisfying 90-minute match after a difficult week.

However, it's only the beginning with United facing Atalanta in Italy this week in the Champions League, before a derby match with Manchester City at Old Trafford Saturday lunchtime.

Solskjaer and United have a long road ahead of them after the Liverpool loss, but there is still hope for Ronaldo.

This was an excellent all-round performance that was highly merited.

Edinson Cavani scored the first goal of the season, and it was only his second Premier League start for the campaign.

Spurs fans in mutinous mood

Nuno, the Spurs manager, has struggled to win over fans but the atmosphere in this huge arena became mutinous when they lost here.

The mood was already darkened by Nuno's controversial decision to replace Moura (who had been playing) with Bergwijn, nine minutes after the break. Nuno was the target of loud boos, chants, and shouts of "you don’t know what your doing", as the stadium was enveloped in a searing roar.

When Rashford rushed through non-existent defense late on, to add insult to injury to the situation, Levy was in firing line as thousands of Spurs supporters got up and left.

Tottenham did not have a chance to score, even Kane felt the frustration of home fans when Kane's cross was misplaced.

Nuno's status was way down on the wanted list for managers when Spurs moved in to replace Jose Mourinho. This meant that he needed a quick start, but his sterile style and the manner they treated United provoked an angry reaction.

United's confidence might have been shaken after Liverpool's defeat, but Spurs were so careful and sat back waiting to see what would happen that Solskjaer's side could grow into the game and gain control.

Nuno was a lonely figure, feeling the anger of Spurs fans. He looked almost as lost at Old Trafford as Solskjaer last Sunday when Liverpool ran riot.

Kane, the Spurs' struggling symbol, is scuffling at the margins and a target of the same fans who used to take pride in calling him "one our own".

Kane looks a much different player now that a move to Manchester City was canceled in the summer. However, it is important to note that Kane's service as England's captain was minimal. Son Heung-min was the one who provided most of the energy, threat and excitement on a miserable night for Spurs.

Nuno needs wins quickly as a home match against Vitesse, who beat Spurs ninety days ago in Arnhem. This is in the Europa Conference League before Everton.

The Tottenham fans were not happy with Nuno Espirito Sante's decision to pull Lucas Moura.

Cavani Edinson Cavani was the player of the match with an average 7.95 Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur

Man Utd Manchester United Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Avg Squad number 7 Player name Son Heung-Min Average rating 4.82 Squad number 27 Player name Lucas Moura Average rating 4.65 Squad number 1 Player name Lloris Average rating 4.42 Squad number 12 Player name Emerson Royal Average rating 4.25 Squad number 4 Player name Romero Average rating 4.24 Squad number 5 Player name Hjbjerg Average rating 3.90 Squad number 18 Player name Lo Celso Average rating 3.85 Squad number 15 Player name Dier Average rating 3.63 Squad number 29 Player name Skipp Average rating 3.57 Squad number 33 Player name Davies Average rating 3.34 Squad number 28 Player name Ndombele Average rating 3.30 Squad number 23 Player name Bergwijn Average rating 3.26 Squad number 20 Player name Alli Average rating 3.11 Squad number 10 Player name Kane Average rating 2.87 Manchester United Avg Squad number 21 Player name Cavani Average rating 7.95 Squad number 7 Player name Cristiano Ronaldo Average rating 7.51 Squad number 19 Player name Varane Average rating 7.46 Squad number 18 Player name Bruno Fernandes Average rating 7.18 Squad number 1 Player name de Gea Average rating 6.93 Squad number 29 Player name Wan-Bissaka Average rating 6.83 Squad number 10 Player name Rashford Average rating 6.78 Squad number 39 Player name McTominay Average rating 6.73 Squad number 23 Player name Shaw Average rating 6.68 Squad number 31 Player name Matic Average rating 6.59 Squad number 2 Player name Lindelf Average rating 6.52 Squad number 14 Player name Lingard Average rating 6.25 Squad number 5 Player name Maguire Average rating 5.99 Squad number 17 Player name Fred Average rating 5.92


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Tottenham Formation 4-2-3-1 1 Lloris 12 Leite de Souza Junior 4 Romero 15 Dier 33 Davies 5 Hjbjerg 29 Skipp 27 Lucas Moura 18 Lo Celso 7 Son Heung-Min 10 Kane 1 Lloris

12 Leite de Souza Junior

Book 4 Romero at 90mins

15 Dier

Book 33 Davies at 78mins

5 Hjbjerg

29 Skipp Substituted for Ndombele at 66' minutes

27 Lucas Moura Substituted at Bergwijn at 54' Minutes

18 Lo Celso substituted for Alli at the 73' minute

7 Son Heung-Min

10 Kane Substitutes 2 Doherty

3 Reguiln

6 D Snchez

14 Rodon

20 Alli

22 Gollini

23 Bergwijn

25 Tanganga

28 Ndombele Man Utd Formation 3-4-1-2 1 de Gea 2 Lindelf 19 Varane 5 Maguire 29 Wan-Bissaka 39 McTominay 17 Fred 23 Shaw 18 Bruno Fernandes 21 Cavani 7 Cristiano Ronaldo 1 de Gea

2 Lindelf

19 Varane

Book 5 Maguire at 22mins

29 Wan-Bissaka

39 McTominay

17 Fred Booked in 73mins

23 Shaw Booked at 19mins

18 Bruno Fernandes substituted for Matic at the 76' minute

21 Cavani Substituted for Lingard at 82' minutes

Substituted by 7 Cristiano Ronaldo for Rashford at the 71' minute Substituted 3 Bailly

Rashford 10

11 Greenwood

14 Lingard

20 Dalot

25 Sancho

26 Henderson

31 Matic

34 van de Beek Referee: Stuart Attwell Attendance: 60,356 Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 3. Full-Time Second Half ends at Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United Manchester United, Post Update Corner Cristian Romero concedes. Booking Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), is given the yellow card for a foul. Foul by Cristian Romaro (Tottenham Hotspur) - Post Update Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), wins a free kick after the update. Post update Son Heungmin (Tottenham Hotspur), wins a free kick at the defensive end. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) - Post update Foul Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Fred. Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Lindelf converted the goal. Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 3. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), right footed shot, from the centre box to the bottom left corner. Nemanja Matic assisted with a through ball. Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Maguire conceded. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), right footed shot, from a difficult angle to the right is blocked Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Edinson Cavani is injured and Jesse Lingard has replaced him. Foul by Son Heung Min (Tottenham Hotspur) - Post update Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), wins a free kick during the defensive half. Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Edinson Cavani concedes. Post update Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur), wins a free kick from the right wing. Post update Foul by Fred, Manchester United Booking Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), is given the yellow card for a foul. Page 1 of 6 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward