Spurs v Manchester United Match in Pictures
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Manchester United icon Roy Keane repeated his famous dig at Tottenham in a stark warning to Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United earned a much-needed win for their head coach as they comfortably thrashed a poor Spurs side 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Solskjaer desperately needed a win after overseeing a disastrous run of form in recent weeks, which was compounded by last weekend’s 5-0 thumping by rivals Liverpool.
Before this game, United had failed to win in four Premier League fixtures. They had won just two of their previous seven games in all competitions.
Both of those successes had come in the Champions League, a competition in which they are on the brink of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
But former United captain Keane has warned Solskjaer that his biggest test is yet to come and repeated an amusing jibe at Spurs.
The ex-midfielder wrote in his autobiography about the pre-match preparation under Ferguson for a match with the North Londoners.
“It was Tottenham at home. I thought please don’t go on about Tottenham, we all know what they’re about, they’re nice and tidy but we’ll f*****g do them,” Keane recalled.
“He came in and said: ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham’, and that was it. Brilliant.”
And he echoed similar sentiments about Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford sealed all three points.
Keane then pointed out that Solskjaer’s job is not fully safe. United have a crunch Champions League clash with Atalanta coming up before hosting fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.
“Spurs haven’t scored many goals in their 10 games. We’ve just seen the stats there, [United had] less possession that Spurs. That’s perfect, just sit in,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“Once they got the first goal, it was a case of: ‘How many do we want to score?’
“It was the perfect day for Man Utd. Go back to when I played, we always used to say: ‘It’s Spurs, we will beat Spurs’.
“They (Spurs) looked desperate. The biggest criticism I could give this Spurs team is that they were 2-0 down and had a corner after 75 minutes.
“Man Utd took everyone back to defend the corner. Spurs kept three players back.
“They’re 2-0 down at home. Abysmal. Job done [for United]. But then again, the bigger game is next week against Manchester City.”
Solskjaer praised goalscorers Ronaldo and Cavani for helping him earn a massive win. The Norwegian said told Sky: “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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