Man Utd clinch comeback win at Spurs as Cavani joined by unlikely scorer

Date published: Sunday 11th April 2021 6:27 - Samuel Bannister

Edinson Cavani scored one goal that stood and one that was ruled out as Manchester United got revenge on Tottenham with a 3-1 win.

The reverse fixture had provided one of the most stunning results of the season. A game between two sides of major quality can go either way, so few would have predicted that Spurs would thrash United 6-1. The margin wasn’t as big, but the Red Devils were looking to put that right and managed to do so.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a strong side, with Cavani one of three players to come into the lineup after Thursday’s Europa League clash with Granada.

Spurs also made three changes from their last fixture, with Son Heung-min among those returning.

Tottenham were the first to foray forwards, as Luke Shaw blocked a shot from Lucas Moura. Son missed the target from the resulting corner.

Despite the signs of a promising start, neither side managed to create many chances for the next 20 minutes or so. In fact, there was still yet to be an attempt on target by the half-hour mark.

But Cavani soon changed that with a first-time finish after being set up by Paul Pogba.

The goal was checked by VAR because of Scott McTominay making contact with Son in the buildup due to a flailing arm. Contact was minimal, but ultimately, the decision was overturned and the goal ruled out.

Moments later at the other end, Spurs took the lead – and this goal stood. Moura slid the ball across for Son, who calmly dispatched with the inside of his foot.

United react in second half

Man Utd tried to respond early in the second half. Pogba set up McTominay, whose shot was pushed away by Hugo Lloris.

The pressure paid off soon after, though, and this time Lloris was helpless. Fred was instrumental to some intricate passing, before Cavani forced a good save from the Spurs keeper.

However, there was nothing he could do as Fred, having carried on his run, reacted and bundled home the equaliser.

It brought up Fred’s first goal of the season, and first Premier League strike since 2018.

Lloris was becoming busier and next made a decent save to deny a Bruno Fernandes effort from outside the box.

Trying to regain their lead at the other end, Tottenham had a chance when Kane cut in and tried to catch out Dean Henderson at his near-post. However, the United keeper read it well.

From the resulting corner, Serge Aurier acrobatically tried to deflect a shot in, but lifted it over.

It was Man Utd who struck next, though. Fernandes nutmegged Sergio Reguilon to pass to Mason Greenwood. The substitute sent a cross in, which Cavani met and planted into the bottom corner with a header.

Spurs now needed to up the tempo again and Aurier had another go from outside the box, without testing Henderson.

A corner then caused calamity for United, with Cavani having to do his defensive duties by heading the ball onto the post to prevent a tap-in for Moussa Sissoko.

Hence, the striker had proven his importance at both ends. His contribution effectively won the game for United – who made it 3-1 through Greenwood in stoppage time.

The young forward finished with his weaker right foot to make the scoreline more comfortable for Solskjaer’s side.

Man Utd remain second in the table as a result. After Leicester slipped up earlier in the day, that position looks more and more comfortable.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are down in seventh place, six points off the top four with seven games to go.

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