Ronaldo provided a new lease of life to his erstwhile teammate and now coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United beat Spurs 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
For the first time, Ole started with veterans Cristiano Ronaldo (36) and Edinson Cavani (34) up front. Raphael Varane too returned to the side and was paired alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof to form a 3-man formidable wall of defence.
The Lilywhites started off well in the first half with Cristian Romero netting the ball just before the half-hour mark, but the celebrating Spurs were interrupted by the linesman’s flag, which was raised much to the delight of the Red Devils.
After a few half chances, it was Man Utd’s prodigal son Ronaldo who opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Finishing brilliantly into the far corner of the net from a cross from compatriot Bruno Fernandes.
The 48th minute saw Scott Mctominay feed an excellent ball to Ronaldo who shot it past Lloris but was ruled offside.
Ole’s move to start with the veteran striking duo paid off as the Uruguyan found the net in the 64th minute with an assist from Ronaldo.
Spurs created a few chances in the third quarter owing to some sloppy passing by Man Utd, but none of them could add to their tally in the scoresheet.
Much to the dismay of Spurs fans, the action seemed to elude Harry Kane who had a very forgettable outing and was subjected to boos from the home fans.
To dot the “i” in “misery” for Tottenham, Marcus Rashford scored in the 86th minute to kick the game out of Tottenham’s reach.