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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names Scott McTominay as his man of the match after Manchester United’s win over Spurs


Pressure has eased on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s win over Spurs (PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named Scott McTominay as his man of the match in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Solskjaer’s side provided the perfect response following last weekend’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford sealed a comfortable victory over Spurs.

Ronaldo was named man of the match following his superb goal and excellent play in the build-up to Cavani’s effort in the second half.

But Solskjaer believes McTominay was United’s standout performer.

When asked about McTominay’s performance after the game, Solskjaer replied: ‘Man of the match for me, by a mile.

‘That’s the Scott we’ve seen a few times before. He’s had his injury, he’s had his operation this season, but today I thought he was absolutely brilliant.

‘Won his tackles, drove forward, kept the ball simple, switched play, headed away a few set-plays, so absolutely top.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Scott McTominay was man of the match ‘by a mile’ (Getty)

Solskjaer was also buoyed by the response from his players after he opted United to play a three-man defence for their trip to Spurs.

‘There’s many things behind the tactics we used today,’ said Solskjaer.

‘But one of course is solidity. We managed to get Raphael smack bang in the middle of the back four because we needed a clean sheet. We needed to control the game with the ball and we did.

‘We got Edinson and Cristiano playing together as a front two, we got the width from the wing backs, so today we felt that worked and what’s going to work.

‘Of course, when you change to a back three and don’t get a result you’re going to be scrutinised. But we felt it worked, the coaches have done a very, very good job to put that in place.’

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