United come back from behind to win as Cavani strikes twice; Red Devils record eighth successive away win Updated for 2023
Updated: 9 December
English Premier League match report: Southampton v Manchester United – Sunday, 29 December, 2020
Southampton 2, Manchester United 3 – St.Mary's stadium
Substitute Edinson Cavani came off the bench to inspire Manchester United to a 2-3 win at St. Mary's stadium after the visiting Red Devils were down to a couple of first-half goals from Southampton.
United got off the blocks smartly at St Mary's and could have gone ahead very early in the game when some poor defending from Jannik Vestergaard allowed Mason Greenwood to go around keeper Alex McCarthy, but the forward ended up shooting into the side netting.
Fernandes then saw a deflected effort from distance clip the outside of the post and Marcus Rashford's penalty claims were disallowed by referee Jon Moss and VAR. The tenor of the match changed when Jan Bednarek glanced in a header from a James Ward-Prowse corner past David de Gea to make it 1-0 for the Saints in the 23rd minute.
A shot from Kyle Walker-Peters deflected off the far post with De Gea beaten as the hosts took control of the game. Southampton extended their lead soon after, with Ward-Prowse whipping in a lethal free-kick that squeezed past De Gea into the top left-hand corner in the 33rd minute.
Dean Henderson came in for an injured De Gea at half time while Ole Solskjaer turned to Edinson Cavani in place of Mason Greenwood – a move that would pay rich dividends.
The Uruguayan was immediately into action as he was picked up a Rashford pass inside the box before turning over and firing his shot but it went straight to Saints keeper Alex McCarthy.
The Cavani effect was felt a little later again when he angled a cross to Bruno Fernandes who took a touch before delivering a low shot past to reduce the deficit in the 60th minute.
United continued to build on their pressure on the Southampton goal as the equalizer came in the 74th minute when Cavani dove in to head home Fernandes' deflected shot. With the game petering towards a draw, the Red Devils completed their splendid fight-back with a winner two minutes inside stoppage time.
Cavani was the match-winner, swooping in to flick a header from a Marcus Rashford cross to give United their eighth successive win away from home for the first time.
Solksjaer's men broke into the Top half of the table with Sunday's win and are currently at the 8th spot with 16 points but with a game in hand. The Saints remained on the 5th spot with 17 points, same as Wolves who inched up to the 6th place after their 1-2 win over Arsenal at the Emirates later in the evening.
Southampton starting XI:
McCarthy (goal), Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Walcott, Armstrong, Djenepo, Adams.
Subs: Long, Diallo, N’Lundulu.
Man United starting XI:
De Gea (goal), Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Rashford, Greenwood.
Subs: Henderson, Cavani, Williams.
Man of the match: Edinson Cavani
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