Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United: Cavani inspires comeback

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Manchester United staged another impressive comeback after being 1-0 down, to beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood all scored second half goals after Spurs had taken the lead thanks to Heung Ming-Son’s first half effort.

Another win from behind meant that United have now scored a Premier League high 28 points from losing positions this campaign.

Crucially, the point deficit between them and league leaders Manchester City has now reduced to eleven points.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made two changes from his mid-week winning combination over Granada. Daniel James made way for Fred for his usual defensive pairing alongside Scott McTominay in midfield.

Paul Pogba played a more advanced attacking role, while Edinson Cavani replaced Mason Greenwood as the lone man in attack.

Jose Mourinho made two defensive changes from their draw with Newcastle last weekend. Serge Aurier and Eric Dier replaced Joseph Tanganga and Davinson Sánchez.

On the attacking front, Carlos Vinicius was replaced by Son Heung-Min to partner Harry Kane up front.


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The first half started on a dull note with both teams failing to dominate the game and create anything significant.

However, the tempo of the game changed completely when VAR controversially disallowed a 33rd minute Cavani goal. It spotted a flailing arm from McTominay on Son in the build up to the goal, which was deemed to be a foul.

To add insult to injury, Spurs took the lead three minutes later after Son slotted a far-post finish from a Lucas Moura pass.

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United started the second half brightly, and soon levelled early after a Cavani shot had been parried by Hugo Lloris into Fred’s path, who scored a goal for the first time in two and a half years.

The comeback kings soon went ahead in the 79th minute after a brilliant pass from Greenwood was converted by Cavani’s diving header.

Greenwood later completed a brilliant second half display when he smashed home in the 96th minute after a fantastic Paul Pogba assist.

The loss meant that Spurs are now seven points adrift of a Champions League place, while United have cemented their second position by the same margin.


Edinson Cavani (FW) – 9/10 (Manchester United): His movement in the box was superb which led to goals. His first shot was responsible for United’s equalizer. He also scored the second goal, and had one goal controversially ruled out by VAR.

Paul Pogba (MF) – 8/10 (Manchester United): Made amazing incisive passes and looked very threatening in his advanced role. His brilliant nutmegged pass led to Cavni’s disallowed goal, and gave another masterful assist to Greenwood for United’s third.

Sergio Reguilon (DF) – 5/10 (Tottenham Hotspur): Lacked creativity going forward, and wasn’t comfortable at the back. Allowed Greenwood to breeze past him to score United’s third goal.

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