Cavani or Pogba? Our Man of the Match was...
Manchester United produced a spirited team performance in Sunday’s 3-1 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur but, in the end, two players were neck-and-neck in our Man of the Match vote.
In case you missed it, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds had seemingly broken the deadlock during the first half when Edinson Cavani finished well from a lovely Paul Pogba pass, but the Uruguayan’s goal was harshly disallowed by VAR and the hosts quickly took the lead through Son Heung-min.
Fuelled by frustration, United produced an excellent second-half performance to earn three vital Premier League points, thanks to goals from Fred, the aforementioned Cavani and substitute Mason Greenwood, with everyone involved deserving great credit for the win in London.
So who was voted our official Man of the Match? After 90 minutes of voting, it was almost a tie between Cavani and Pogba.
Edinson and Paul both earned 37 per cent of the poll result, so we had to do some digging to discover which of them earned the slightest of majorities.
In the end, we can confirm that El Matador took the prize by just a few hundred votes and you can check out the results below, as well as the ‘Influencer’ scorers recorded by Opta in our Match Centre.
37 per cent = Edinson Cavani*
37 per cent = Paul Pogba
9 per cent = Mason Greenwood
7 per cent = Fred
3 per cent = Bruno Fernandes
2 per cent = Luke Shaw
*Wins by small difference in votes
MATCH INFLUENCER DATA
92 per cent = Edinson Cavani
90 per cent = Fred
86 per cent = Paul Pogba
82 per cent = Aaron Wan-Bissaka
82 per cent = Luke Shaw
75 per cent = Dean Henderson
Solskjaer: “In the second half, especially in the last hour, it was very, very good with quality. The ball never gets tired when you move it quickly. Edinson's was a performance like today that we, as a club, have missed for a few years. We haven't had that type of no. 9 for a long, long spell. We had a little meeting with the boys, this morning, and said we need to use him correctly with his movement. Fred even scored which tells you everything about the performance.”
Fred: “Yes, he deserved that for the goal in the first half. I think it is not a foul from Scott McTominay. But I am very happy for Cavani for the second goal in the game and he is a good guy. He tries a lot and he runs for us. I am very happy today and we need to keep it going because we have more games this season. We need to keep it going.”
Congratulations to Edinson on an award-winning performance.
Enter our competition to win an Edinson Cavani shirt.
Que nunca falten esas ganas de competir... a preparar lo que viene 🧠— Edi Cavani Official (@ECavaniOfficial) April 11, 2021
Always have this desire to compete... Let's prepare and focus on what's coming 🧠 pic.twitter.com/P70TZ7gGWX
5 - Five of Edinson Cavani's seven Premier League goals for Manchester United have been headed; indeed, only Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored more headed goals in this season's competition (six) than the Uruguayan. Force. pic.twitter.com/K9btQfsxgk— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 11, 2021