‘It will give him a few days peace and quiet… until the next game he loses’: Peter Schmeichel doesn’t think the pressure will be off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for long despite Manchester United beating Tottenham
- Marcus Rashford scored twice in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Tottenham
- Peter Schmeichel insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can relax after Wednesday’s win
- However, United legend believes the pressure will return once United lose again
Peter Schmeichel believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can relax following Manchester United’s emphatic win over Tottenham… for now.
Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock early on at Old Trafford before Dele Alli equalised with a superb solo-effort minutes before the break.
Rashford then scored the winning goal from the penalty spot shortly after the restart after the England striker was brought down inside the area by Moussa Sissoko.
Peter Schmeichel believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can relax until Manchester United lose again
Solskjaer’s position at United has questioned following a rocky start to the current campaign
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of the men linked with Solskjaer’s position following a rocky start to the campaign for the Red Devils.
And while the win lifts the pressure off of Solskjaer’s shoulders, Schmeichel insists that the same questions will be asked when United lose again.
‘[The result] will give him a few days peace and quiet for sure,’ Schmeichel told Amazon Prime: ‘It will last until the next game he loses. He’s got a really really young team and we should never forget that and he will have ups and downs with this team.
Rashford’s double against Spurs will have eased the pressure on Solskjaer for the time being
‘He is under pressure. He is the next one. Maybe [Marco] Silva at Everton is probably in front of him for being sacked but he still goes out there, he still puts out the young team out, trusts them and believes in them.
‘This game could not have come at a worse time for Ole, in terms of that pressure. Because it’s Jose Mourinho, the manager that he succeeds, and he goes out there and he puts a team out and he gets them winning.
‘They have a setback from the first half, he still turns them around for the second half and for me, if people would just focus on that and see that Ole is doing a really really good job.’
Following the win, Solskjaer was quick to praise Rashford for his fine performance that could’ve seen United go three goals up before Alli’s equaliser if it hadn’t been for Paulo Gazzaniga’s heroics in goal.
Solskjaer (left) consoles Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho (right) after the game
Solskjaer said: ‘The boy is 22 and today he played like he was in the back yard or garden or in the playground with his mates.
‘He has just enjoyed himself. 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 courage.
‘I’m very happy with how he’s matured, we want him to but it’s natural he can’t have this level as this was a top-class performance.’
The win lifts United above Tottenham in the table, with the Red Devils now sitting sixth in the table.
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