Manchester United delighted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a much-improved display in victory against Tottenham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed a dominant first-half performance from Manchester United against Tottenham, describing it as his side’s best display “for a long time”.
United were winless in three in all competitions coming into a first meeting with Jose Mourinho since his sacking as their manager at Old Trafford.
But Solskjaer’s men ended Mourinho’s winning start at Spurs with a 2-1 success, scoring early in both halves through the inspired Marcus Rashford.
Dele Alli scored a wonderful equaliser six minutes before half-time, which Solskjaer acknowledged was tough to take after controlling the game to that point.
“Especially first half, that’s probably the best we’ve played for a long time,” he told Prime Video. “We dominated the game and could have, should have finished the game there and then.
“There were some great saves by their keeper, but they get the goal right before half-time and you think about getting in here, settling all the heads and going again.”
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Solskjaer praised a “fantastic performance” from Rashford, who drew several further saves from Paulo Gazzaniga.
Rashford was delighted to deliver against another ‘Big Six’ side, although he recognised United must still make progress against lesser opponents, having drawn with Sheffield United and Aston Villa in their previous two league matches.
“I think that’s the hardest we’ve had to work to get a result,” he said. “But with the position we’re in now, we want these games.
“We want to show people we can play against the top teams. We know we need to improve against the other teams. Game by game, we’re trying to improve.”