Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United: Solskjaer press conference
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Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over a “bang average” Tottenham side has only delayed the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The United boss has been in a desperate battle to save his job following a number of poor results.
United suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Liverpool last weekend, leading to calls for the end of Solskjaer’s reign in charge at Old Trafford.
But Solskjaer responded to his critics by beating Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham side 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave United the lead in the first-half with a spectacular volley, before Edinson Cavani’s clever finish over Hugo Lloris put United two ahead midway through the second-half.
United then made sure of the win four minutes from time, courtesy of a well taken goal by Marcus Rashford.
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But for ex-Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor, United’s win has only bided Solskjaer some more time, before he is inevitably sacked as manager.
“The players played for him today,” Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT.
“From the first second of the game, they showed fight. They were fighting for Solskjaer.
“This was the obvious formation to play; your defenders are struggling, if you’re struggling to keep clean sheets, what are you going to do?
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“You’re going to go five at the back, it’s not rocket science. I said it midweek, play five at the back, stop the goals going in and you have goalscorers in your team.
“You could have played Ronaldo, Cavani, Greenwood or Rashford as your two strikers because they would have scored today.
“Rashford comes on scores, you’re playing against a bang average Spurs team. Basically, for me, this is just prolonging what is going to happen.
“Ole is going to leave Manchester United, but you’ve got to give him credit for getting the result today.”
Antonio Conte continues to be linked with the managerial post at Old Trafford, should the United hierarchy call time on the Norwegian’s spell in charge.
Conte is still without a job after having left Inter in the summer, following a two-year spell in charge which culminated in the Italian giants winning the Serie A title for the first time in 11 seasons.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer was pleased with his side’s reaction following one of the most difficult weeks the United boss has faced in charge of the club.
“Every game when you win you’re so happy,” Solskjaer told The Guardian. “We’ve come in on Tuesday morning and worked really hard this week on tactics and mentality and getting everyone ready for this difficult game.
“We’ve put a shift in but it’s been pleasing to work with the players. You almost have to have been in a dressing room to know the difference between winning and losing.
“I’ve stayed away from most of the noise. You know what’s happening out there. You know you have to put a performance out.
“Every time you lose a game it’s the worst feeling. You just want the next game. We needed a week to put in this performance. It was important to work on fitness, mentality and we changed the tactics. It’s nice to have four days to do that.”
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