Edinson Cavani inspires Manchester United’s comeback against Southampton

A second half masterclass from Edinson Cavani with two goals and one assist helped Manchester United come from two goals down against Southampton to register their fourth consecutive win in all competitions. Southampton looked to be coasting with a two goal lead at halftime, courtesy of Manchester United’s wasteful finishing and defensive issues at set-pieces. However, United turned it around in a dramatic fashion to score the winning goal in stoppage time and take them to 7th in the table, 5 points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

Mason Greenwood, who was given a rare start by Solskjaer missed an early chance after rounding the goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and shooting his effort wide of the post from a tight angle. United were on the ascendancy as Bruno’s deflected drive flew past McCarthy’s post. However, Southampton opened the scoring against the run of play after Jan Bednarek headed James Ward-Prowse’s corner at the near post.

Manchester United were lucky not to concede a second after Kyle Walker-Peters’s shot ricocheted off Alex Telles onto the post. Alex McCarthy produced a stunning double save from Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes after his poor pass from the back fell to the United forward. Greenwood’s low and fierce shot was saved well by McCarthy, but Bruno missed the tap-in from the rebound as the goalkeeper flung his hand to deny the midfielder. The miss cost United dearly as James Ward-Prowse doubled Southampton’s lead with a scintillating free-kick, with De Gea doing brilliantly to get a hand to it.

De Gea was replaced by Henderson after the former got injured while trying to save James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick, and Cavani replaced Greenwood as United tried to get back into the game. The substitution paid immediate dividends as Bruno Fernandes pulled one back for Manchester United after being found in the box by Cavani in the 59th minute.

Cavani, who was brilliant after coming on scored the equaliser for United after a block from Bruno’s shot fell to the striker and the Uruguayan scored from close range with a diving header. Both teams huffed and puffed for the next goal, but looked content with a point later on. However, Cavani completed the comeback in the stoppage time by glancing a header off Rashford’s cross to give Manchester United the win.

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