Cristiano Ronaldo hopes United have turned corner with win over Spurs

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘hopes this time we have changed the page’ after scoring and providing an assist in victory at Spurs – with Man United star insisting players need to take responsibility for bad results

  • Ronaldo scored opener and set up the second as United trounced Spurs 3-0 
  • United’s first win Premier League win since September comes after 5-0 debacle against Liverpool last week
  • Portuguese urged teammates to get used to criticism and take responsibility
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still faces testing week ahead with games against Atalanta and Manchester City 

Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Tottenham will prove a turning point for the team after a difficult run of form.

United arrived in London on the back of a 5-0 capitulation at home to Liverpool last Sunday, which had placed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future under even bigger scrutiny as it followed a 4-2 reversal against Leicester eight days prior.

The Norwegian was given three games to stop the rot by the Old Trafford hierarchy and his players delivered the perfect response on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful United’s 3-0 win at Spurs will prove to be a turning point

Ronaldo, who opened the scoring with a brilliant volley before setting up Edinson Cavani for the second goal, acknowledged United had work to do but said he hoped his team had finally turned the page.

‘It was tough,’ the Portuguese told Sky Sports of back-to-back defeats to Leicester and Liverpool.

‘We didn’t expect the last two results in the Premier League. But I hope this time we have changed the page.’

The Portuguese opened the scoring against Spurs with a superb volley in the first half 

The 36-year-old has now scored four goals in seven Premier League games this season

While the win against Spurs provided a much-needed tonic for United following the debacle against Liverpool, Solskjaer has precious little breathing space ahead of a very delicate week. 

United face Atalanta in a pivotal Champions League game on Tuesday, before hosting Manchester City on Saturday. 

Ronaldo, however, indicated the manager was not the only man under scrutiny.

‘Everyone knows his role in the team, it’s not only the coach that many point out [for criticism], it’s the players as well,’ he continued.

Ronaldo then set up Edinson Cavani for United’s second goal in the second half

‘I believe that something happened for a reason and we have to be happy for this amazing afternoon, we win 3-0 in an away stadium against a difficult team and we are so pleased for that and happy.’ 

Asked about the criticism and scrutiny United players have received this season, Ronaldo urged his teammates to shoulder responsibility for bad results. 

‘Not only for the coach, for the club, for the players, it’s normal,’ the 36-year-old, who has scored four times in seven Premier League games and seven goals in 10 appearances in all competitions, said.

The 3-0 win over Spurs provided some much-needed good news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

‘The club is so big and the criticism is always there. For me, it doesn’t bother me because I played 18 years in football so I know that one day is perfect and another day we are crap.

‘I know that and we have to deal with that.’

‘It’s always better when the people praise you and they are happy with you when you win. But sometimes life is like that, sometimes we have to pass through bad moments and we have to change and we changed today.’ 

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