Edinson Cavani’s header to put Manchester United in front against Tottenham Hotspur will be one of the most pleasing moments of the season for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Riled by injustice and desire for redemption, United rallied to dismantle Spurs with three second-half goals in North London and Cavani’s strike completed the comeback.
United certainly atoned for the 6-1 October humiliation as they moved 14 points clear of Jose Mourinho’s faltering side in the league.
Solskjaer’s men were scintillating at times after the break, with Fred’s collectors item equaliser giving the Reds the momentum they needed to secure all three points.
And with just 11 minutes before time with United on top, substitute Mason Greenwood caught out the Spurs with a delicious first-time cross after a delightful nutmeg from Bruno Fernandes.
Greenwood’s precise delivery found Cavani perfectly and the Uruguayan’s finish was never in doubt with a diving header that concluded a centre forward masterclass.
But what United fans may have missed is that Cavani gave advice to Greenwood just before he created the goal.
As per French journalist Julien Laurens, who was in attendance, Cavani told Greenwood to play the ball quicker to him in the box.
Much has been made of Cavani’s experience benefiting United’s young talents and this tangible example proves Solskjaer has to do everything he can to persuade the 34-year-old to stay for another season.
Two minutes before the goal, Edinson Cavani told Mason Greenwood to play the ball to him quicker in the box. On his next ball, Greenwood’s one-touch cross to Cavani is perfect.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) April 11, 2021