Nobody needed three points more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend.
The Norwegian went into Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham clinging onto his job by his fingertips.
In truth, he did well to survive after United’s 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool last week.
But Solskjaer has been given an opportunity to turn things around at Old Trafford and certainly started that process on Saturday evening.
The United boss opted for three at the back against Spurs, a change of formation that resulted in a brilliant 3-0 victory for his side.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford gave the Red Devils all three points, lifting them up to fifth and easing the pressure on Solskjaer.
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Ole certainly isn’t out of the woods yet, though. They face a tough trip to Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek before next weekend’s Manchester derby.
He definitely isn’t safe from being mocked by rival fans, either.
In the last week, rivals fans have been heard ironically chanting ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ following United’s loss to Liverpool.
And even after he had just led Man Utd to a 3-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, he wasn’t immune from trolling.
When giving a live interview for the club’s official social media channel, he was subject to some abuse from the Tottenham fans.
Most managers would just ignore it. Some would react angrily. However, Solskjaer had other ideas. He stopped his interview and simply chuckled before saying: “Can I do this interview and then you can abuse me after, eh?”
VIDEO: Solskjaer reacts to abuse from fans
It was a brilliant response and one that United fans rather enjoyed. Check out the reaction:
After the match, Solskjaer insisted that the recent criticism hasn’t bothered him and he was just pleased with his side’s performance on Saturday.
“Every game when you win you’re so happy,” Solskjær said. “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.”News Now - Sport News