Man Utd player ratings: Ronaldo scores sublime volley while Varane shines in defence for the Red Devils

MANCHESTER UNITED earned three much needed points with a hard-fought win against Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew that anything but a win tonight would add to the mountain of pressure already piling on top of him after last Sunday's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.


And his side reacted in exactly the way he would have wanted, with a sturdy defensive performance and a real cutting edge in attack.

An incredible volley from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Man Utd the lead in the first half, with a superb assistant from Bruno Fernandes.

Ronaldo then provided the assist for Edinson Cavani's goal in the second half, which was a lovely counter-attacking move also featuring Fernandes, who won the ball back.

Marcus Rashford sealed the victory late on and suddenly the black cloud hovering over Old Trafford seems a little bit less dark, with Utd climbing back up to fifth.

SunSport’s George Moore runs the rule over how United’s stars performed at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium:

DAVID DE GEA – 7/10

Made a mistake in the first half by giving the ball away to Lucas Moura, but it went unpunished.

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Otherwise, the Spaniard had a fairly quiet night with very little to do, as Spurs had no shots on target.

VICTOR LINDELOF – 7/10

Not a perfect performance from the Swede, but benefitting enormously from having Varane next to him.

Tried to play a few of his signature long balls forward, but didn't have much luck with them today.

HARRY MAGUIRE – 7/10

Received a yellow card midway through the first half which meant he was treading on eggshells for the rest of the game and did well to avoid a second booking.

Maguire gave a much better performance against Spurs than he's produced in recent weeks, but still didn't quite look at his best.

RAPHAEL VARANE – 8/10

Was a noticeably calm and reliable presence in the back three alongside Maguire and Lindelof.

Hardly put a foot wrong all game, but was lucky to escape a yellow card in the first half after a clumsy challenge on Lucas Moura.

Utd look far more solid defensively with him in the side, with his class and experience shining through.

AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 8/10

Saw a lot of the ball in the first half down the right flank and had some good moments.

Made an excellent block to stop Heung-Min Son late in the first half and was up and down the wing all game,

FRED – 7/10

Fred tested Lloris in the first half from distance with a swerving left-footed strike after half an hour, which was well saved by the Spurs captain.

He was also caught in possession a few times and often took too many touches, but otherwise played fairly well in midfield.

Earned himself a yellow card for a couple of fouls in the second half and always looked a mistimed tackle away from a red card.

SCOTT MCTOMINAY – 7/10

Slightly shaky on the ball at times and gave it away once or twice in midfield, but was much improved after a disastrous performance on Sunday.

Looked far more comfortable playing in front of a back three and also benefitted from a poor performance from the Spurs midfield.

LUKE SHAW – 7/10

As industrious and lively as ever bombing up and down the left wing.

Still not quite back to his best, but did well in both defence and attack and benefitted from having the back three to cover him defensively, giving him license to get forward.

BRUNO FERNANDES – 8/10 (OFF 75 MINS)

Fernandes put in a superb cross for Ronaldo's goal at the end of the first half and did very well to win the ball back for Cavani's goal in the second.

He was defensively excellent and put in a real box-to-box display in midfield, getting back to help out his backline and then driving the counter-attacks.

Still no goal in six league games for Fernandes, but a much improved performance from Utd's Portuguese magnifico.

CRISTIANO RONALDO – 9/10 (OFF 70 MINS)

Scored a sublime volley late in the first half to give his side the lead and had a goal disallowed early in the second half for a narrow offside.

Ronaldo also provided the assist for Cavani's goal in the second half by controlling the ball wonderfully before playing in his Uruguayan strike partner.

A big performance from a big player

EDINSON CAVANI – 8/10 (OFF – 81 MINS)

Cavani scored a lovely dinked goal after 64 minutes and was a constant thorn in the Spurs defence's side all throughout the game.

He missed a chance to give Man Utd the lead in the first half with a decent header on the edge of the six yard box.

He also gave the ball away to Harry Kane with a wayward pass with just 15 minutes to go but Spurs were unable to capitalise, fortunately for him.

But he put in a real shift in both attack and defence until he was taken off having got a knock with ten minutes to go.

SUBSTITUTES:

MARCUS RASHFORD – 8/10 (ON 70 MINS)

Scored late on with a lovely finish past Lloris after just ten minutes on the pitch.

Didn't get many opportunities, but took the one he got and looked sharp in his cameo.

NEMANJA MATIC – 7/10 (ON 75 MINS)

Got the assist for Rashford's goal late on, but otherwise didn't have too much to do.

JESSE LINGARD – N/A (ON 81 MINS)

Wasn't on the pitch for long enough to really make an impact.

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