Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United had bounced back from "a difficult week" after they turned the heat on his Tottenham counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo with a fully deserved victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the inspiration behind an excellent United display, which provided the perfect response to last week's 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Old Trafford that raised questions over Solskjaer's future.
Solskjaer is not out of the woods yet, but Ronaldo made life much more comfortable for his boss with a sublime far-post volley from Bruno Fernandes' cross six minutes before the break, followed by a slide-rule pass to set up Edinson Cavani for a second after 64 minutes.
"The most important thing for the fans and me and the players is that we connect together," said the Norwegian boss, whose side recorded a first win in five Premier League games.
"It has been a difficult week for the players, the club, the fans, for me. I've stayed away from most of the noise. But you know what is happening out there and you know you have to put a performance up.
"Every time you lose a game it is the worst feeling in the world as a coach or manager. We needed the whole week to work on this performance."
Marcus Rashford wrapped things up with a cool finish four minutes from time as Spurs fans erupted in fury against Nuno and their chairman Daniel Levy, with chants of "we want Levy out" echoing around the vast stadium.
Tottenham were mediocre with Harry Kane barely in the game and unrest among their fans, who turned on manager Nuno when he replaced Lucas Moura with Steven Bergwijn in the second half.