Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand insists that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s problems are far from over, but a confidence-boosting victory over Tottenham is a “good starting point” ahead of their upcoming showdown.
The Reds brushed Spurs aside thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford in what turned out to be Nuno Espirito Santos’ last match at the helm when he was sacked on Monday and replaced by Antonio Conte the following day.
It was yet another case of United coming over the trump card on Solskjær’s future that was in serious doubt when Liverpool were beaten 5-0 six days before – a trend Ferdinand insists the manager will not continue.
“Yes, he does [Solskjaer get wins when his backs against the wall], it’s a fine art, but you do not want to get into that situation – that’s the ideal scenario, “he said on BT Sport.
“But listen, I just feel like maybe there was an element of being humble as a team, even as a management team in terms of going ‘actually guys, we need to stiffen it up. We need to get back to basics and be really hard to play against. ‘
“Instead of thinking about this, go and attack and be a team that wants to roam here and there. They looked like a team that was much more determined. Spurs, how poor they were, didn’t get a shot at goals the whole match, but it says they have to do something right because all the teams, no matter how bad they were, cut through this Man United team this season.
“But now, this game is something to build on by no means, this is the end of the problems, I still think there will be childhood illnesses here and there, but this is a good starting point for the weekend.
“Well, listen when it was 2-0 at Old Trafford last week [against Atalanta] we thought “wow, this is a difficult group to get out of”, but the table looks much better now, much healthier position.
“You can afford to get a draw today [at Atalanta], I do not think it’s the end of the world. I want a win to really put a nail in the coffin on the other teams, but not losing today is the most important thing, and getting a performance to ride into the big game that is the Manchester derby against Manchester City. “
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