Gabby Agbonlahor insists Manchester United have delayed the inevitable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite a win against an “average” Tottenham side.
Solskjaer is fighting for his job after Liverpool’s 5-0 humiliation last weekend, but as has so often been the case during his reign at United, his side got a result when they needed it most.
A brilliant goal from Cristiano Ronaldo – his 11th against Tottenham, England’s biggest opponents – and strikes from Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford in the second half helped United to win 3-0 in north London and gave a little breath in Norwegian. space out.
It won’t be out of the woods just yet, however, with a Champions League trip to Atalanta and the Manchester derby coming next week.
While the Norwegian may have eased the pressure on himself, Agbonlahor is still concerned that the scythe still looms over the 1999 hero.
“The players played for him today,” Agbonlahor said on GameDay: Your Verdict. “From the first second of the match, they fought. They were fighting for Solskjaer.
“It was the obvious formation to play; your defenders are struggling, if you have trouble keeping the sheets clean, what are you going to do?
“You’re going to pass five in the back, that’s not rocket science. I said midweek, play five in the back, stop goals and you have scorers on your team.
“You could have played Ronaldo, Cavani, Greenwood or Rashford like your two forwards because they would have scored today.
“Rashford comes up on the scores, you play against a very average Spurs team. Basically for me that just prolongs what’s going to happen.
“Ole will be leaving Manchester United, but you have to give him credit for getting the result today.”
Antonio Conte has reportedly waited behind the scenes to take over after being ‘probed’ by United’s board, despite Solskjaer getting the vitally important three points.
If the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ will have enjoyed his evening, the same cannot be said of his counterpart Nuno.
Tottenham fans turned on their boss chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ and made their feelings clear full-time with a great chorus of boos.