Tottenham 0-3 Man Utd: Player ratings as Solskjaer reprieved & pressure piles on Nuno

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a sublime volley
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a sublime volley / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - In the battle of which team is better at being bad at football, we learned on Saturday night that it is indeed Tottenham Hotspur.

They fell at home to Manchester United in a game dubbed pre-match as 'El Sackico' - as Nuno Espirito Santo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went head to head to relieve pressure on their respective positions in charge.

For Solskjaer, this win was about as badly needed as any other he's earned in the job at Old Trafford. Lose here and it might've been curtains after shipping five at home to Liverpool last weekend and a poor run of form and performances before that. His remedy for now is a back five and two experienced strikers you can rely on to do the business.

It worked, as United even kept a clean sheet for the first time in decades and saw Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford score three goals to earn the win.

For Nuno, it looks like it's curtains. This was a genuinely awful performance against a United team who while expected to respond, didn't even have to play particularly well to win. The home support booed loudly for large parts of the evening and just aren't happy with the appointment of a, what, seventh choice head coach and the football that comes with it.

Here's your player ratings from a toxic night at Tottenham.

Spurs player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Cristian Romero
Romero saw a goal disallowed / MB Media/GettyImages

Hugo Lloris (GK) - 3/10 - Could do nothing about the goals, but was part of an awful team performance.

Emerson Royal (RB) - 3/10 - Eesh.

Cristian Romero (CB) - 2/10 - Probably would've been more use if he'd have spent more time on the floor clutching his face. And he did it plenty.

Eric Dier (CB) - 2/10 - Made it so easy for Rashford to make the run in behind for the third goal.

Ben Davies (LB) - 3/10 - Lost track of Ronaldo for the opening goal. Easy to do mind you.

2. Midfielders

Giovani Lo Celso
This is Gio Lo Celso, who was largely anonymous / MB Media/GettyImages

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - 3/10 - Runs around a bit but doesn't do much else. Then again, neither do the rest of his teammates.

Oliver Skipp (CM) - 3/10 - Can confirm he was there.

Giovani Lo Celso (AM) - 2/10 - Gio Lo Celso came in after an excellent spell in Spain, but it just ain't happening for him at Spurs. Wasted one big moment early in the second half to play Son in behind, much to the frustration of the home support.

3. Forwards

Heung-Min Son
Son wasted a couple of early chances before it all went to pot / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Lucas Moura (RW) - 5/10 - Nice dinked pass to create a chance for Son mid-way through the first half. Crowd hated it as he was replaced early in the second half - chanting "you don't know what you're doing" at Nuno.

Heung-min Son (LW) - 3/10 - Missed two good chances after being worked in behind the United defence. We'd have had a very different game if he'd have taken one.

Harry Kane (ST) - N/A

4. Substitutes

Steven Bergwijn (RW) - N/A

Tanguy Ndombele (CM) - N/A

Dele (AM) - N/A

Man Utd player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Heung-Min Son, Raphael Varane
Having Varane back will help United / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

David de Gea (GK) - 6/10 - Had nothing to do.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 6/10 - Barely challenged but did okay.

Raphael Varane (CB) - 7/10 - The team were much better off for his presence. Looks like this back three with Rafa at the centre is here to stay for a while.

Harry Maguire (CB) - 6/10 - After weeks of horrendous performances, this was better in the position he features in for England.

6. Midfielders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Steven Bergwijn
AWB's still got work to do with his final ball / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RWB) - 6/10 - Wonder how long it'll take for the end product to improve? Not any time soon by the looks of this. Made a great block to deny Son, in better news.

Scott McTominay (CM) - 8/10 - What did you do with your evening? Bet you didn't see Scott McTominay spray the ball in all directions and drive through people in midfield up close. Really good.

Fred (CM) - 7/10 - Had a shot on target from distance. Staggering.

Luke Shaw (LWB) - 6/10 - Made a cracking tackle that wouldn't look out of place in the Wales vs New Zealand rugby match going on at the same time in Cardiff.

7. Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo
Good hit, that was / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - 8/10 - Picked up pockets of space wherever he could working behind the front two. Took him a while but found an excellent pass for Ronaldo's opener and played his part in the second.

Edinson Cavani (ST) - 8/10 - Makes such a difference. Absolutely everywhere and loves to chase. Finished beautifully for 2-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) - 8/10 - Gets his share of stick for not pressing or running around much, but United have to get better at making chances for him. When they do, moments like the opening goal happen. Created the second for Cavani.

8. Substitutes

Marcus Rashford
Rashford got on the scoresheet late on / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Marcus Rashford (ST) - 7/10 - Scored late on after being played in behind.

Nemanja Matic (CM) - 6/10 - Came on to just make sure United didn't concede. Not that Spurs looked likely.

Jesse Lingard (AM) - N/A