Substitute Edinson Cavani produced a second-half masterclass, scoring twice and creating one other purpose as Manchester United hit again from a two-goal deficit to beat Southampton 3-2 in a Premier League cracker on Sunday.
United had been reeling at halftime and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse was set to hog the headlines after establishing Jan Bednarek’s opener after which scoring one other elegant free kick.
However Uruguayan Cavani confirmed why United signed him from Paris St Germain in October, approaching to interchange Mason Greenwood for the second half to devastating impact.
He picked out Bruno Fernandes on the hour to get United again within the recreation, then headed his aspect degree within the 74th minute, and at last stooped to nod the winner in within the 92nd minute, sealing an eighth successive league win for his aspect.
United grew to become the primary aspect in Premier League historical past to return from behind to win 4 successive away video games they usually had Cavani to thank for the dramatic turnaround on the south coast.
“Nice affect in fact,” United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated of Cavani. “He’s at all times on the transfer, he desires to get in entrance of you and I’m very happy with him.
“His starvation to get on the tip of issues is the important thing for a centre-forward. Typically it hurts and typically it doesn’t however to attain it’s important to be in there.”
Solskjaer’s aspect had not performed badly however had been undone by two moments of high quality from Ward-Prowse, one of many deadliest set-piece exponents in England.
Ward-Prowse whipped in a nook with tempo and accuracy to permit Bednarek to look a header previous David de Gea within the twenty third minute. Then 10 minutes later he beat the Spanish keeper himself with a free kick that crept contained in the close to publish.
De Gea clattered into the publish attempting to maintain that free kick out and was unable to proceed after halftime with Dean Henderson changing him.
Nevertheless it was Cavani’s introduction that proved the important thing second.
Cavani was initially sluggish to even get on the pitch as he modified his footwear, however as soon as he took to the sphere United seemed harmful each time they attacked.
His go in to Fernandes was sharp and correct, and the Portuguese had time to take a contact earlier than firing previous Alex McCarthy, who had made a fantastic double-save within the first half shortly after Southampton took the lead.
Cavani virtually equalised when his header from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross drifted broad, however he was available 16 minutes from time to divert Fernandes’s deflected shot previous McCarthy with a flick of his head.
Southampton had been hanging on for a draw as United dominated, however Cavani was not completed and stooped down in stoppage time to move dwelling Marcus Rashford’s low cross, earlier than being buried beneath his celebrating crew mates.
United moved into the highest half of the desk with the win, as much as seventh on 16 factors, one level behind Southampton, who noticed their seven-match unbeaten league run dropped at an finish.