Robin van Persie Reacts To Edinson Cavani’s Heroics Against Southampton

Manchester United's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their second goal.

Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt

Edinson Cavani was the name on every lip as Manchester United engineered an excellent 3-2 comeback win away to Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguayan international was brought on in the second-half in a bid to do damage control as the Saints were 2-0 up and looking to secure all three points.

Sure enough, the 33-year-old made no mistake and did the job in the fashion of a perfect Ole Gunnar Solskjær substitute.

Cavani first provided the assist to Bruno Fernandes’ goal, following which the former PSG man netted his equalizer later on in the 74th minute. In injury time, however, an excellent Marcus Rashford ball found the head of Cavani yet again and the Red Devils cruised to victory.

Southampton have become quite the opponents for United, as the Mancunian outfit have come from behind against them on numerous occasions.

Robin van Persie was the engineer of a similar feat back in 2012 where his hattrick against Southampton changed the dynamics altogether, especially since he had missed a potential match-equalizing penalty.

As such, it was high praise from the Dutchman when he lauded Cavani for his efforts, albeit very subtly on his Twitter.


Cavani’s display on Sunday showed precisely what Solskjær has been looking for in a no.9. While a controversy regarding a social media post of his after the game may put his immediate game-time in some doubt, there is no denying that the other forward in the dressing room need to step up to the task.

With Fernandes doing the bulk of the scorings so far this campaign, the likes of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will have to start netting in order for complacency to not set in.