Edinson Cavani celebrates at the end of the match.

Who was United's Man of the Match?

Manchester United's 3-2 win at Southampton included some marvellous individual performances, as you might expect.

It was no surprise that one Red came out well on top in our poll for the Man of the Match award on our Official App, and while Edinson Cavani may only have played 45 minutes in the victory, his two-goal contribution inspired the miraculous comeback at St Mary's.

The South American striker gained a whopping 85 per cent the vote, ahead of second-placed Bruno Fernandes, our other scorer on the afternoon.

Cavani was the top 'influencer' in the Official App, posting a similarly high number of 89 per cent for his impact, with James Ward-Prowse, who managed a goal and an assist, in second spot. Fred and Nemanja Matic were next on the list.

Donny van de Beek also earned plenty of plaudits for his performance on his first Premier League start and there were excellent displays all over the pitch for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record-breaking Reds, who made it eight successive away top-flight victories for the first time in our history.

Cavani sparked a flurry of interesting stats being released, including one from Opta, that explained how he has followed his manager into Premier League history as only the second player to be directly involved in three or more goals after coming on as a substitute. Ole famously did this in 1999, when bagging four goals in the 8-1 triumph at Nottingham Forest.

Edi is also only the second player to both score and assist as a substitute in an away Premier League clash for the Reds, after Ruud van Nistelrooy's efforts at Charlton in 2002. The Uruguayan is the second-oldest player to score more than once as a substitute in the division since its formation in 1992, behind Kevin Phillips.


With so many encouraging performances, confidence should be high heading into Wednesday's Champions League tie with Cavani's former club Paris Saint-Germain.