Edinson Cavani started and scored as Man Utd got back to winning ways against Tottenham following a difficult week in which the Uruguayan showed his worth in training
Edinson Cavani was given a rare start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who claimed the striker produced “the best ever training performance” during his tenure this week.
Solskjaer named his oldest ever starting XI as he sought a reaction from last weekend’s Liverpool humiliation at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian started with a back five and played a conventional front two, with both men getting on the scoresheet.
Cavani doubled United’s lead in the second-half with his manager hailing his efforts during the week.
He told Sky Sports: “I’ve been here more or less three years as a manager.
“Tuesday’s training performance by Edinson Cavani is probably the best performance anyone has put into a training session.
“The old men led from the front.”
On their partnership he added: “They played well together, they have loads of respect for each other.
“I’ve got loads of talented players who need to learn from those two. They need to learn as quick as they can because these two – their work rate, their quality. It is second to none.”
Cavani’s strike in north London was his first of the season having struggled for minutes.
Last term, in his first year in England, the 34-year-old scored 17 times but faces even more competition this term.
Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho were both signed in the summer to bolster a frontline that already includes Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.
Cavani is into his final year at Old Trafford having signed a new deal.
Solskjaer hailed the defensive effort of his side, with clean sheets something of a rarity in recent months.
The Norwegian added: “Of course when you come off the pitch winning 3-0, keeping the ball away from our goal – David de Gea didn’t have a save to make – that’s pleasing. In football sometimes it goes for us and sometimes against.
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“We worked on this this week. The boys were brilliant, they took it on board.
“Raphael Varane is a top player. He reads the game well. He’s quick and so experienced. To get him back is massive for us.
“We’ve built this performance on hard work, discipline and keeping the ball away from our goal. Spaces will open up especially if you get the first goal.”