MX23RW : Sunday, January 24 02:32:36| >> :120:7297:7297:

Result: Edinson Cavani brace helps Manchester United to comeback victory at Southampton

Result: Cavani brace helps Man United to comeback victory at Southampton
© Reuters
Jan Bednarek's header and a fine James Ward-Prowse free-kick had Saints dreaming of a first home league win against the Red Devils since 2003.

Super sub Edinson Cavani inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to a stunning 3-2 comeback win at the death against Southampton.

Jan Bednarek’s header and a fine James Ward-Prowse free-kick had Saints dreaming of a first home league win against the Red Devils since 2003.

But Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men squandered their two-goal lead as half-time introduction Cavani turned the match on its head, setting up Bruno Fernandes before netting a brace to secure a sensational late triumph.

Cavani (right) scored two headed goals after setting up  Fernandes for the opener
Cavani (right) scored two headed goals after setting up Fernandes for the opener (Mike Hewitt/PA)

It was the 10th time that United had come from behind to beat Southampton in Premier League history – a victory that propelled them up the standings and continued their 100 per cent start to life on the road.

Few could have foreseen this outcome when Ward-Prowse superbly beat David De Gea shortly after sending in a smart corner for Bednarek to open the scoring at an empty St Mary’s.

Solskjaer turned to summer signing Cavani at the break and could not have dreamed of a better outcome as he provided the assist for Fernandes before clinching victory with a brace.

It was a wild end to a match that United had started on top before things went awry.

Saints were unsettled by the visitors’ confident start and were breathing an early sigh of relief as a misunderstanding at the back allowed returning Mason Greenwood to beat Alex McCarthy but hit the side netting.

Harry Maguire fumed at referee Jon Moss after Marcus Rashford went down in the box under pressure from Ward-Prowse, with Fernandes seeing a deflected effort from distance whizz just wide.

United were causing the hosts all sorts of problems, but the momentum turned in the 23rd minute.

Ward-Prowse fired an inswinging corner to the near post, where Bednarek had wriggled away from Rashford and glanced a header home from close range.

The opener rattled United and emboldened Saints, with Ward-Prowse’s corners to the near post continuing to cause havoc and Kyle Walker-Peters seeing a deflected shot hit the far post.

Hasenhuttl’s side were now on top but McCarthy almost threw away that building momentum when inexplicably passing straight into the path of Greenwood. The Southampton goalkeeper saved the teenager’s attempt to capitalise, then superbly spread himself to stop Fernandes’ follow-up.

That let-off allowed Saints to land another gut punch. Fred’s foul on Moussa Djenepo gave Ward-Prowse a tantalisingly-placed free-kick that was duly dispatched, with De Gea just unable to prevent the curling right-footed effort from finding the top corner.

Stuart Armstrong fluffed his lines after De Gea denied Djenepo as Southampton pushed for a third before half-time, which the United goalkeeper did not return from due to picking up a knock.

Theo Walcott was quick to test back-up goalkeeper Dean Henderson in the early minutes of a second half that saw United threaten.

McCarthy did brilliantly to deny Rashford when sent scampering behind the Southampton backline. Cavani looked well-placed if the forward had passed instead, with the substitute soon rifling over on the turn.

Cavani turned the game around for United
Cavani turned the game around for United (Mike Hewitt/PA)

United’s building pressure would tell as Cavani lifted the ball across to Fernandes, who struck low past McCarthy after taking a touch.

The visitors ratcheted up the pressure as they looked to take something from St Mary’s.

Cavani was proving a handful and levelled proceedings in the 74th minute. Saints goalkeeper McCarthy punched a corner clear and Fernandes’ deflected shot back into the box was headed home by poacher Cavani.

Che Adams fired across the face of goal on a rare voyage forwards by Southampton, who were under the cosh and praying for the final whistle.

But just as it looked like they had held out, United dug deep to break the hosts’ hearts in stoppage time. Cavani peeled away to meet a Rashford cross and beat McCarthy to the delight of those connected to the visitors.

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
FA Cup
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
Scottish League Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Eerste Divisie
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Women's Super League
African Nations Championship
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Aston Villa1792631181329
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1954101832-1419
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!