Solskjær Gets Vital Win for United; City, Liverpool Setbacks

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
October 30, 2021 Updated: October 30, 2021

LONDON—After all those doubts about his future at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjær achieved what Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp couldn’t do on Saturday: Win in the Premier League.

It just needed United to face a Tottenham side devoid of any attacking ingenuity that allowed Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani—with a combined age of 70—to both score before Marcus Rashford netted.

After collecting one point from four games, the 3–0 win in north London will give Solskjær some breathing space even though United is still eight points from first place.

Rather than Solskjær feeling the heat—United fans were back singing “Ole’s at the wheel”—the Tottenham supporters were booing their team and chanting at manager Nuno Espirito Santo: “You don’t know what you’re doing.”

Chelsea was able to extend its lead at the Premier League summit to three points with a 3–0 win at Newcastle.

Klopp’s second-place Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2–2 at home to Brighton.

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Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England on Oct. 30, 2021. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

Defending champion Manchester City is two points further back after Guardiola’s 200th league game in charge of the club ended in a 2–0 home loss to Crystal Palace.

The Arsenal revival continued with a 2–0 win at Leicester putting the north London club behind United on goal difference in sixth place.

By Rob Harris