Manchester United’s four best players against Tottenham

Manchester United responded to the humiliation against Liverpool with a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed a win and he got a compact, resolute performance complete with three fantastic goals.

Plenty of players were much-improved from what they produced last weekend, and here is a look at four players who stood out for the right reasons…

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo was named man of the match by former teammate Gary Neville on Sky Sports and deservedly so.

The game was tense and tetchy before the Portuguese superstar struck with a stunning volley from Bruno Fernandes’ pass.

He once again showed he is the man to deliver on the big occasion, when it really mattered.

Ronaldo then turned provider for Edinson Cavani’s goal, which basically killed the game as a contest.

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Edinson Cavani

Speaking of Cavani, he used all of his experience on his first Premier League start of the season.

He and Ronaldo were crucial in terms of dropping into a deep block and their movement in the box was exceptional as ever.

It will be interesting to see how they develop as a strike pairing, if Solskjaer sticks with the 3-5-2.

Cavani’s workrate adds a new dimension to United’s attack, and he could have scored even more here.

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Scott McTominay

McTominay was selected to anchor midfield solo in Solskjaer’s new 3-5-2 system, and his manager called him ‘unplayable’ in his post-match interview.

He was exceptional in terms of being combative in the challenge and using the ball well.

United were far less open than they have been in previous weeks and McTominay has to take major credit for his part in that.

Other players may grab the headlines but McTominay had a 95 passing accuracy as he kept United ticking over.

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Raphael Varane

Varane returned to the heart of the United defence after the injury he picked up in the Nations League final.

It was like he had never been away, as he added calmness, pace and reading of the game to United’s back three.

The three-man defence freed him up to get tight to Harry Kane when he went deep and also to track Heung-min Son when he went into wider areas at times too.

Varane made a major and instant impact on his return to the side as United got just their second clean sheet of the season.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.