Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased to come out of the other side of a “difficult week” in style with a 3-0 win at Tottenham.
Solskjaer has been under pressure following last week’s 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool, with plenty of speculation about his future, but once again his side came up with a result when he needed it the most.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford sealed the points in north London and gave the Norwegian some breathing space.
If Solskjaer was feeling the heat after last week’s result, it was his counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo’s turn as the Spurs fans turned on the Portuguese, chanting, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,’ and loudly booing at full-time.
Solskjaer will know he needs to come out of a Champions League trip to Atalanta and the Manchester derby unscathed, but he was happy his side showed a response.
“It has been a difficult week for the players, the fans, the club, for me,” he said.
“I have stayed away from most of the noise, but you know what is happening out there. And you know you have to put a performance up.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world when you lose and you just want the next game to come. For us, we needed this week, a whole week to work on this performance and it is the last time for a while we have a long week to work on fitness and mentality.”
The Norwegian could also not help hitting back at media reports that the fans were against him as a vocal away contingent chanted his name throughout the second half.
“That is the most important thing for the fans and players and me, that we connect together. It is hard to be sitting as your local journalists then to write about your own fans singing for your manager,” he added.
“That is just a dig at someone who is wanting to portray a different story. These fans are brilliant.”
Solskjaer had special praise for his veteran strikeforce and in particular Cavani.
He said: “Both of them have been really, really good. Tuesday morning’s session by Edinson Cavani was the best by an individual since I came here.
“He led the line, he was a good example for everyone how to go about changing the mood and the performance. The two of them were told early on they were going to play as a two.
“They have been two peas in a pod, they have been really close, they worked really well, and excellent goals from both of them.”