Nemanja Matic reacts to ‘extremely difficult’ Tottenham win, hails Cristiano Ronaldo

Nemanja Matic reacts to 'extremely difficult' Tottenham win, hails Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic admitted that it was an ‘extremely difficult’ clash against Tottenham.

Man United needed a response to last weekend’s embarrassing 4-1 loss to Manchester City and got exactly what they needed against Tottenham.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener with a top strike from distance but his effort would be pulled back by Harry Kane, who scored from the penalty spot.

Midway through the first half and a few minutes after Kane’s equaliser, Cristiano Ronaldo restored Manchester United’s lead from a close-range.

In the second half, Harry Maguire, unfortunately, scored against the wrong goal post but Ronaldo decided the game with a top header in the 81st minute.

Nemanja Matic, who paired alongside Fred in a double pivot, at the expense of Scott McTominay’s absence, was decent against Spurs, helped win several recoveries and some interceptions.

The Serbian says that the Old Trafford fans gave Man United that extra buzz needed to record the triumph against a tough opponent.

Nemanja Matic was pleased with Manchester United's win over Tottenham
Nemanja Matic was pleased with Manchester United’s win over Tottenham

“It was an extremely difficult game to play against a very good team. As you know, [Antonio] Conte is a fantastic coach, and they prepared for the game very well,” the midfielder told Manchester United’s official website.

“But thanks to the supporters, they helped us a lot since the warm-up, there was positive energy at the stadium.

“Thanks to them, we gave something extra on the pitch, [we could] fight for each other and, at the end, three points was possible.”

Cristiano Ronaldo became joint-most top goalscorers ever in the history of football when he scored his 804th, 805th, and 806th career goals on Saturday.

Matic believes no one should ever doubt the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star’s recent achievement.

“I think everyday Cristiano Ronaldo shows that he is a great professional player, a good example to young players,” Matic said after the game.

“The brilliant things he has achieved, he deserves without a doubt.

Nemanja Matic expects no one to doubt Cristiano Ronaldo after becoming joint-most top goalscorers in the football history
Nemanja Matic expects no one to doubt Cristiano Ronaldo after becoming joint-most top goalscorers in the football history

“After scoring over 800 goals at the highest level, no one will doubt it.

“Cristiano is at the top level, being the best player for two decades, nobody has done that in the history of football.”

Manchester United will host Atletico Madrid next week in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

The reverse fixture ended 1-1 at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano two weeks ago.