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Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani break 11-year-old record with Man Utd goal


Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani both scored in Man Utd’s 3-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday night and their combination for the team’s second goal has broken a record that stood for over a decade

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani combined for Manchester United’s second goal at Tottenham, breaking an 11-year-old Premier League and club record in the process.

The two veteran strikers started up front in north London as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tweaked his system.

United began with a back five in their 3-0 victory with Ronaldo and Cavani both getting on the scoresheet.

Ronaldo’s superb finish saw him open the scoring in the first-half before he turned provider for the Uruguayan.

His through ball sent Cavani clear and he beat Hugo Lloris to double United’s lead.

That goal was the first time two United players over the age of 34 have combined since Paul Scholes set-up Ryan Giggs in August 2010 against Newcastle.

Marcus Rashford came off the bench to add a third after a difficult week for the club, but the forward was pleased with the response.







Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo teamed up impressively



He told Sky Sports : “It’s obviously been a difficult week, it is for any team when you don’t win. We’ve responded the only way we know how. The staff, the players all want to win.

“Playing for Man Utd there’s always pressure, you have to learn to enjoy it. Part of playing for this club is to come out of difficult moments. this club has always bounced back.

“I think [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s] prepared for the team we’re playing against. We all have to buy into what the manager tells us to do. Today that helped us come away with the three points.





“There’s more to come [from us]. As long as we keep improving, keep picking up points, we’ll see where we are come the end of the season.”

Last weekend’s Liverpool mauling came after several poor results and performances.

As a result Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been under huge pressure with some questioning whether he was the right man to lead United.

A clean sheet provided the basis for the win, with defensive shut outs being a rarity in recent months.

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Solskjaer said: “We’ve built this performance on hard work, discipline and keeping the ball away from our goal. Spaces will open up especially if you get the first goal.

“The first goal always decides how the game goes.

“We’ve got a hard week again. Champions League game then City. We’ve got to digest this one and be ready for Tuesday.”

He added: “The experience of Edinson Cavani and Cristiano is massive. We need it. We can’t hide. The week has been difficult for all the players. They really stuck at it. Exprience counts in situations like this.”


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