Substitute Cavani inspires Man United comeback win at Southampton

Pogba still absent but Rashford ok: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The 33-year-old netted again in the final moments as his third goal since signing as a free agent in October extended United's winning run to four games in all competitions.

Manchester United are likely to be without midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay against Southampton and are sweating on the fitness of Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Cavani's pedigree can not be questioned after scoring 341 goals in 556 club matches, including a record 200 goals in 301 games for PSG and 50 in 116 games for Uruguay.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has praised Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for the impact he made on the game between the two sides on Sunday afternoon, as quoted on BBC Sport.

Cavani linked up with Fernandes to reduce the deficit in the 59th minute as his cross reached the Portugal midfielder, who swivelled to fire home from 10 yards.

Whatever he put on his feet certainly did the job - although most of the damage was inflicted with his head.

The victory was United's eighth successive away league win and lifted it to seventh place with 16 points, one point behind Southampton. He did not look hungry - he looked ravenous.

The Uruguayan veteran maybe 33, but he showed that age is just a number after effecting around an incredible turnaround against Southampton at St. Mary's.

This was exactly the kind of influential display Solskjaer was hoping for from Cavani when he moved for him after United's failed pursuit of Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

"They will be really, really hard to play against but we are happy. They're not 100%", the Norwegian told the press on Friday evening.

"We have a lot of young players but we also have experience in the team".

"This team is getting better and better and improving which is what I want to see".

"On the training pitch, in the dressing room and during meal times, how meticulous he is".

But Cavani sparked United's escape act after coming on at the interval. He is on the move constantly. "He is a top, top player".

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