Edinson emulates Zlatan's scoring mark

Sunday 07 February 2021 08:00

Edinson Cavani’s goal against Everton on Saturday was his third in three appearances against the Merseysiders this season.

The Uruguayan scored his first goal for the Reds when he finished off a stunning counter-attack at Goodison Park in November to secure a 3-1 Premier League win.

Then, just before Christmas, Cavani struck late on from outside the area as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side progressed to the Carabao Cup semi-final with a 2-0 triumph over Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

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Cavani's header

Edinson Cavani scored his third in three games against Everton, after connecting with Marcus Rashford's cross...

Saturday evening’s lethal header completed the set against the Toffees, meaning the United striker emulated former team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who, of course, used to play with Edinson in Paris.

Zlatan was the last United player, before Cavani, to net three goals across three games against one team during the same campaign.

Ibra achieved that feat against West Ham United during the 2016/17 season.

The current AC Milan frontman equalised against the Hammers in the 1-1 Premier League draw in November at Old Trafford, before scoring a brace in a 4-1 EFL Cup triumph at the same ground three days later.

Ibrahimovic, who netted 29 times and provided 10 assists in 53 United appearances, registered a crucial second in our 2-0 victory at the London Stadium in January 2017 - our first visit to the Londoners' current home.

Ibrahimovic played a vital part during a season in which United won three trophies, scoring winning goals against Leicester and Southampton in the Community Shield and EFL Cup final respectively, before missing our Europa League triumph through injury.

El Matador, who turns 34 next Sunday, is also hungry to secure trophies at Old Trafford, and he has proved his worth to Solskjaer since joining on transfer deadline day back in October.

Our hard-working forward has seven goals and two assists in English football and it'd take a brave man to bet against him taking that scoring tally into double figures before the season is out.