Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Ronaldo and Cavani after vital Man United win: ‘The old men led from the front’

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A relieved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Manchester United’s experienced players as they stepped up to the plate to secure a crucial 3-0 win for their embattled manager at Tottenham.

In addition to switching to a back three for a critical fixture following last weekend’s 5-0 humiliation by fierce rivals Liverpool, the under-fire Norwegian partnered 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo with 34-year-old Edinson Cavani in attack in north London.

That decision paid off handsomely, with Ronaldo opening the scoring with a terrific first-half volley before turning provider with an exquisite assist for his strike partner in the second half, with Cavani coolly dinking over Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Substitute Marcus Rashford added a third late on with woeful Spurs well beaten.

After a vital victory that came after days of intense speculation over his future, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “The experience came through. It was the oldest team I’ve picked for Manchester United and it was time for it.

“I’ve been here three years as manager and Tuesday’s training performance by Edinson Cavani is the best performance anyone has put into a training session here. The old men led from the front.

“They play well together. They have loads of respect for each other. The work-rate and quality they put in is 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.”

As well as Tottenham - who failed to muster a shot on target - remaining hopelessly goal-shy, important to the success of United’s new three-man central defensive system was the return of Raphael Varane.

The French international - a £34million summer arrival from Real Madrid - was outstanding as the central anchor alongside captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as he made a triumphant return from a groin injury suffered on UEFA Nations League duty earlier this month.

"Of course when you come off the pitch winning 3-0, keeping the ball away from our goal - David de Gea didn't have a save to make - that's pleasing. In football sometimes it goes for us and sometimes against,” Solskjaer said.

"We worked on this this week. The boys were brilliant, they took it on board.

"Raphael Varane is a top player. He reads the game well. He's quick and so experienced. To get him back is massive for us.”

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