Cape Town - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the performance of Manchester
United forward Marcus Rashford after he netted a brace to clinch victory
Rashford scored in the sixth minute and then slotted home a
second-half penalty to earn a 2-1 win and ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho's
successor, who had overseen their worst start to a season since 1988.
The England international also rattled the crossbar and sent
a free-kick just wide as he was on a one-man mission to make it a night to
forget for the Portuguese.
It was 351 days since Mourinho was fired at United, but he
was back with Spurs and would have fancied a win after Dele Alli's brilliant equaliser
just before the break.
But it was Rashford who stole the headlines and Solskjaer
likened the performance to the striker playing in the schoolyard with his
"He has just enjoyed himself," Solskjaer said.
"Sometimes there is expectation or pressure on him because we do expect a
lot from him because he has shown it so many times.
"We want them to go out and enjoy themselves, with no
fear of losing. United fans love to see wingers and forwards play with
With the availability of Mauricio Pochettino, who Mourinho
replaced at Spurs, looming large over Solskjaer, the boss saw his team put in a
They led after six minutes when Rashford beat Paulo
Gazzaniga at the near post, but it looked like they would be punished for not
making their dominance count.
Alli's brilliant goal, his fourth in four games under
Mourinho, brought Spurs level, but Rashford's penalty in the 47th minute won it
Mourinho had spoken warmly about his time at Old Trafford in
the build-up to the match, but he will have desperately wanted to win and
become the first-ever Spurs manager to win his first three top-flight league
games in charge.
It was a flat performance, though, and he accepted after the
game that his former side deserved to win.
“I think is just the way it is," Mourinho said after
the game of United’s record.
"And you look to United results this season against the
best teams, they had good results.
"I think at home when they play like they did Chelsea,
Liverpool, Leicester, also a great team this season, they always had this kind
of attitude. I think it's easier for them, the way they play.
"They are not afraid to be with a defensive approach,
they are not afraid to be at home, to take their time, to be in control of the
emotions of the game. Then lots of young people with lots of energy and good
mentality and when they are winning matches.
"They are comfortable in this situation of the low block
and a giant dominating in the air and being fast in a counter-attack with
Marcus (Rashford), with James, with Jesse (Lingard), with (Anthony) Martial
when he plays.
"So, I think the way they play is easier for them when
they play against teams that are better teams, teams that want more of the
ball, to have the initiative of the game, so I think they did well.
"They played the game they wanted to play (in the
second half), they dropped the block, they defend, a couple of dangerous
counter-attacks, closing, closing, closing, and when we had the ball in the
last third the goal could happen but didn't.
"And I think they deserve the victory."