Uruguayan international striker, Edison Cavani, ensured respite for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United FC as they came from two-nil down to beat hosts Southampton FC 2-3. The hosts had blazed to a two-goal cushion lead after Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse had scored within half an hour.
Bednarek had headed in Ward-Prowse’s pinpoint corner kick to give Southampton the lead in the 23 minute. The hosts continued to press and ten minutes later, were already cruising after a wonderful free-kick by Ward-Prowse.
But after the break, Solskjaer brought in Cavani to replace youngster Mason Greenwood, and also replaced goalkeeper David de Gea as the Spanish appeared to have injured his shoulder in the aftermath of Ward-Prowse’s goal.
The game became an end to end affair, and Marcus Rashford squandered a good chance to bring the United back in the game.
Cavani, looking energetic and positive, however, provided a beautiful pass from the right wing, at the 60th minute, for productive Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes to beat the Southampton goalkeeper and give Manchester United hope of fighting back.
Fight back, they did!
Bruno Fernandes turned provider for the man who assisted his goal, hitting a shot into the 18-yard box of the hosts in the 74th minute and El Matador (the Bull Fighter) as Cavani is fondly called, reacted quickest to stoop and divert the shot beyond the Southampton goalkeeper to make it 2-2.
There still was enough time for either side to pick the three points and as the clock ticked towards into the added time after 90 minutes, United completed the comeback win as Cavani scored just over one minute into the added time to send the United bench into a frenzy.