Gary Neville pinpoints how “special” Ronaldo goal affects Solskjaer’s future

Gary Neville was delighted to see old team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo save Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Portuguese superstar broke his duck to volley home a sensational goal before half time.

And it could not have been a more timely strike for boss Solskjaer, who desperately needed a lift for his team in north London.

Defeat could have spelled the end for the Red Devils legend, especially off the back of their 5-0 drubbing by Liverpool.

Ronaldo, though, was far more involved then in recent poor games playing up alongside Edinson Cavani against Tottenham.

His volley past Hugo Lloris was greeted with a fist pump from the under-fire manager, and Neville acknowledged on commentary for Sky Sports how significant it could be for Solskjaer’s immediate future.

Neville said: "You just watch him pull off Ben Davies – his movement here is special. That little bit of a shuffle to the left-hand side to get onside. Then the movement in behind.

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"The pass (from Bruno Fernandes) is perfect and then you’re asking yourself can he finish and it is absolutely wonderful from Cristiano Ronaldo, that is a special goal.

“Only one place he can put it and could he have saved his (OGS in shot) life. It’s a brilliant goal.

“You talk about the impact of Fernandes and Ronaldo and they’ve connected there."

Ensuring Portuguese pair Ronaldo and Fernandes are back on the same wavelength was another important factor for Solskjaer.

With his future believed to be dependent on today’s game at Tottenham, Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Atalanta and next Saturday’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford, Solskjaer picked up an important advantage over Spurs before the break.

Daily Star Sport understands if Solskjaer does go, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is the leading candidate to replace him, given the club want a British manager to come in next.

They ideally want to stick with Solskjaer, however, and if he can avoid any more slip-ups before the November international break, it could well buy him some more time.

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