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Solskjaer hails Cavani for ‘one of best performances in training ever’ and says McTominay was ‘unplayable’ against Spurs


MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay following the 3-0 win against Tottenham.

The Red Devils outclassed Spurs in North London as they got back to winning ways after four Premier League games without a victory.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lauded his squad after winning 3-0 away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lauded his squad after winning 3-0 away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Edinson Cavani got on the score sheet for the Red Devils after returning to the starting XI

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Edinson Cavani got on the score sheet for the Red Devils after returning to the starting XICredit: Getty

The result lifted United above Spurs and into fifth in the table, with Solskjaer living to fight another day following last week’s 5-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Norwegian gaffer Solskjaer switched to a five at the back formation to the trip to the capital, while also bringing Cavani back to the starting XI to partner Cristiano Ronaldo after being impressed by him in training.

And the Uruguay international, 34, repaid his manager’s faith as he scored his first goal of the season with a cheeky dink over Hugo Lloris.

Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “I was told that’s the oldest team I’ve picked for Man Utd and it was time for it.

I’ve been here more or less three years now as a manager and Tuesday’s training performance from Edinson Cavani is probably the best performance anybody has put in here.

“The old men led from the front. They [Cavani and Ronaldo] played well together and have loads of respect for each other.

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“We have loads of talented players to learn from those two and they have to learn as quick as they can.

“The work rate they put in and the quality was second to none. They play for the club, no matter what.

“This isn’t about me, it’s about us improving together and if someone doesn’t give what they have for Man Utd they won’t play, it’s as simple as that.”

Solskjaer was also effusive in his praise for midfielder McTominay, who has come under criticism from fans and pundits this campaign.

Commenting on what United benefited from following the switch of formation, Solskjaer remarked: “Solidity, we got experience together with Cristiano and Edinson.

“We got more control and we probably got a man of the match performance from Scott McTominay.

Solskjaer has hailed the performance against Scotland international Scott McTominay

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Solskjaer has hailed the performance against Scotland international Scott McTominay

“I thought he was outstanding out there and, for me, unplayable.”

As pressure eases slightly on Solskjaer, it only continued to mount on Nuno Espirito Santo with Tottenham losing five of their ten top-flight matches.

And the ex-Porto goalkeeper has conceded that his team are ‘not on the right track’.

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