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Three things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got right as Man United bounce back to beat Tottenham

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Manchester United produced the performance and the result Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so desperately needed to pick up a deserved 3-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday evening.

United came into the Premier League match in disarray following their 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool last weekend.

Solskjaer spent the entire week fielding questions about his future at the club after a disorganised, disjointed and embarrassing performance.

And while those questions have not been completely answered, his side’s performance against Spurs provided many positives in a true bounce-back victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a crisply-struck volley from Bruno Fernandes’ pass to send United in 1-0 up at the break.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side looked uninspired in front of their unhappy fans and offered little in response, with Ben Davies’ header over from a corner and an offside Son Heung-min chance the sum of their efforts.

Spurs were forced to pay when Fernandes and Ronaldo combined to send Edinson Cavani through to make it 2-0 with a delicate finish over Hugo Lloris.

Marcus Rashford then came off the bench to combine with fellow substitute Nemanja Matic to make it 3-0 with a clinical finish as the match ended to a chorus of “We want Nuno out”.

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Solskjaer will have been delighted it was not his name being chanted.

Here are the four things Solskjaer did well to get the result he needed so badly.

1.Experience over youth

Solskjaer was under huge pressure coming into this game, having sustained a good five days of flak from fans and pundits alike.

He had to make changes of some sort, but the decision to change the formation from his usual 4-2-3-1 to 5-2-1-2 was still a bold one.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – the most frequent lightning rods of criticism – were all retained, but the tweak in system saw the full-backs pushed up the pitch as wing-backs.

Out went Mason Greenwood and Rashford and in came Cavani and Raphael Varane in a clear suggestion that Solskjaer was putting his faith in experience over youth.

Cavani dovetailed nicely with Ronaldo and the duo’s combination for the second goal had composure and quality written all over it.

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You could say Solskjaer was lucky to come up against an unambitious Tottenham side, however, there can be no doubt that United looked more solid in the new shape.

Solskjaer found a way to play his attacking stars while remaining pragmatic in a big match – and for that he deserves some credit.

2.Sticking with Ronaldo

It would have taken a very brave manager to drop Ronaldo for a game of this magnitude. In truth it was never going to happen, given the high stakes of the match.

But the arguments over Ronaldo’s destabilising effect on the side have only grown louder in the past few weeks, with good reason.

Ronaldo is not the player he used to be. He is not interested in pressing or tracking back and his presence at the top of the team can be frustrating to his team-mates.

Yet his goal in the first half offered a reminder – if it were needed – of his remaining qualities.

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The 36-year-old’s movement and technique to smash home past Lloris from Fernandes’ pass was exceptional and an example of the type of quality probably only he can offer.

3.The McFred axis

Defensive midfield is the single biggest ongoing gripe for Manchester United fans. And while Scott McTominay and Fred may not be the holding midfield partnership for the long-term future, they did play well against Tottenham.

Solskjaer doesn’t have many options available in the engine room. Only Matic, or perhaps Donny van de Beek, could really lay claim to a spot in the side.

But after the thrashing handed out by Liverpool, where the side were constantly at sixes and sevens, this was a reassuring return to some solidity.

As well as a much better positional sense, McTominay offered some drive going forward while Fred even tested Lloris with a long-range shot in the first half.

A defensive midfielder should still be on the shopping list in 2022, but the current players held up well under pressure in north London.

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Barcelona plan to offer €30 million for 24-year-old La Liga defender

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Even though we are just a few weeks away until the transfer window slams to a shut, Barcelona remain active in the market and are still looking for ways to strengthen their squad.

The Catalans have roped in a slew of top-quality stars in the month of July, including star striker Robert Lewandowski. Although they are yet to sign a player in August, Xavi has set his sights firmly on a few players.

One of those players in question is Juan Foyth. The Villarreal starlet has been identified as the ideal replacement for Sergino Dest as Barcelona look for a reliable right-back that can offer more quality than the American international.

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Indeed, Barça have been left frustrated by Dest’s lack of progress at Camp Nou. They are prepared to sanction the exit of the former Ajax starlet, with Manchester United among the clubs in contention to snap him up by the end of the month.

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While Dest’s exit from Camp Nou could soon be on the horizon, Barcelona are actively trying to lure Foyth away from Villarreal. The club are even weighing up an offer for the young Argentine, according to Gerard Romero.

The reputed Spanish journalist suggests Barça are considering a bid of around €30 million plus add-ons for Foyth, in an attempt to convince Villarreal this summer.

The Catalans are aware of the fact that the Yellow Submarines rate the defender highly due to his tremendous success in La Liga. In addition to his form, he offers a lot of versatility to the table and with time on his side, he could be a smart long-term investment for the club.

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However, it remains to be seen whether Villarreal are open to sanctioning the exit of one of their prized defensive assets, especially at this stage of the transfer market

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

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The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

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AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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Man United ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

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Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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