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Southampton 2-3 Manchester United: Instrumental Cavani inspires comeback

Edinson Cavani inspired a superb turnaround as Manchester United came from two behind to beat Southampton 3-2.

Jan Bednarek’s header and a trademark free-kick from James Ward-Prowse had put Southampton in command at St Mary’s Stadium.

But the introduction of Cavani for the second half proved a masterstroke by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that paid initial dividends in the 59th minute when he teed up Bruno Fernandes to halve the deficit.

He then met the midfielder’s deflected shot with a diving header to equalise and had the crucial final say when he diverted Marcus Rashford’s cross beyond Alex McCarthy in the 92nd minute, securing a record eighth successive Premier League away win for United.

Mason Greenwood was been included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United XI for the clash with Southampton – along with Donny van de Beek.

Greenwood had not started for United since the 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal on November 1, though the teenager did come on as a substitute in the 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday.

However, Solskjaer handed the forward – who has scored just twice in all competitions this term – his fourth Premier League start of the campaign, as he partners Marcus Rashford up front at St Mary’s.

In midfield, Van de Beek got his first league start since joining from Ajax with both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay out injured, Solskjaer having stated in his pre-match news conference that the pair were doubtful for the clash with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s in-form team.

Anthony Martial was another absentee too, with Solskjaer confirming the France international had fallen ill overnight.

Nemanja Matic, Fred and Bruno Fernandes – who Solskjaer has compared to Cristiano Ronaldo – were named alongside Van de Beek in a midfield diamond.

Since his debut in the competition, Fernandes has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other player (24 – 14 goals, 10 assists), while no player has netted the winner in more different top-flight games than the Portuguese playmaker this season.

Theo Walcott was rumoured to be a doubt for the hosts but the 31-year-old was passed fit to start alongside Che Adams in Danny Ings’ continued absence through injury.

Walcott has scored three Premier League goals against United, with all of these coming at different grounds – Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and Goodison Park.

Only Les Ferdinand (five), Nicolas Anelka (four) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (four) have scored a Premier League goal against the Red Devils at a greater number of venues.

Source: livescore.com

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