Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Wednesday’s win over Tottenham as “massive” as he emphasised his long-term outlook at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford’s brace ruined Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford return as Solskjaer’s Manchester United ran out deserved victors against Tottenham in what was arguably their best display of the season.
Less than a year after being sacked as background backbiting compounded poor performances, Mourinho returned to the Old Trafford touchline at a time when pressure was increasing on his successor following the club’s worst start to a season since 1988.
The Portuguese coach received a warm reception at his old stomping ground but Solskjaer’s name filled the air on Wednesday night, when Rashford goals either side of a fine Dele Alli equaliser sealed United a much-needed 2-1 victory against Spurs.
Solskjaer speaking to BBC Sport: “You are always happy when you win. The boys are learning and improving all the time but tonight we were fantastic for long, long spells.
“The three points are massive for us. We’ve had too many draws this season and given too many points away from winning positions. It’s a great lesson the last two games [Sheffield United and Aston Villa] and we came back in a great manner.
“We’ve started the rebuilding. We’ve made decisions that we had to and we’re looking to build this club to be better again and I can’t think short-term when I’m trying to do that.
“When we turn the corner and win three or four games on the run, they will get that Man Utd feeling again.”
On Marcus Rashford, the United boss added: “It’s the best he’s had under me. He was mature, strong against good Premier League players. His penalty was calm and composed, and his [first] goal, we know he’s got those strikes in him and he had three or four chances.
“It’s like he was back on the playground or in the back garden. We want them to have fun, there’s nothing dangerous out there – just 75,00 people, wanting to see the best [of them].”