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Edinson Cavani stats show true impact of Solskjaer’s match-winning substitution

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for his match-winning substitution in the dramatic comeback victory against Southampton at St Mary’s. 

Mason Greenwood, starting ahead of the omitted Anthony Martial, was not firing in the first-half and Solskjaer was decisive in bringing on Edinson Cavani at the break.

‘El Matador’ incensed some supporters for not being ready when the second-half kicked off, but that can all be forgotten after a monumental impact that proved exactly why United didn’t pass up on the chance to sign him this summer.

In just 50 minutes, Cavani provided a vital assist and scored goals to inspire a comeback that appeared improbable at half-time.

The Uruguayan forward provided the focal point Solskjaer’s men needed against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s relentless runners.

His pin-point cross for Bruno Fernandes allowed the turnaround to be possible and two instinctive headers showed the traits in a goalscoring centre-forward that United have been missing.

Cavani’s movement in the box to escape Jannik Vestergaard and nod in Marcus Rashford’s cross for the last-minute winner was outstanding.

What an impact and what a substitution.

See Cavani’s stats below, via Statman Dave:

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