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:
Edinson Cavani’s game by numbers vs. Southampton [50 mins played]:
83% pass accuracy
4 shots [2 on target]
3 ball recoveries
2 tackles won
Unbelievable. ⚽️⚽️🅰️ pic.twitter.com/RTPCtz4Ctb
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 29, 2020