Manchester United came from behind to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage. Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba scored the goals.
Here is a look at five things we learned from the victory…
United show resilience
United started this one poorly conceding after just five minutes. Earlier in the season, going behind first was commonplace.
It was good to see United react well again here, showing the same resilience to a defensive mix up and bouncing back.
United were level by half time and had control of the game and were well on top.
In the second half United were dominant and Paul Pogba’s goal was just reward. It was an outstanding strike worthy of winning any game.
Fernandes makes things happen
United started this one slowly and this was a test of character. As usual, it was Bruno Fernandes who gave the team a spark.
With United trailing at 1-0 down, Fernandes crashed a ball from outside the area against the post. He didn’t get down about it.
Within 60 seconds he drifted out to the left and put in a cross which was parried to a grateful Edinson Cavani, who made no mistake as he scored an equaliser.
Cavani is United’s best striker
Edinson Cavani netted his fifth goal of the season in United’s victory, showing a real goal poacher’s touch.
The Uruguayan’s movement is excellent and he was in the right place at the right time to convert the chance. It was the type of goal Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a habit of scoring as a player.
Cavani’s work rate was important to helping United get back into the game too. He was constantly pressing and making it difficult for Fulham to play out from the back.
It was a strong all round performance and United just need to do a better job of supplying Cavani with chances.
Paul Pogba is a man in form
After a slow start to the season, Paul Pogba is hitting form and driving United’s title challenge forward.
His second half goal was perfectly struck and perfectly timed.
When his time at United comes to an end, this goal will be featured on his highlights reel. It was one of his best in a Red Devils’ shirt.
Pogba is now up to five goals for the season, level with Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani. It is so crucial to have him contributing in this manner and it feels like he is getting better and better.
Back on top
This was a good test of United’s title credentials. Both Leicester and Manchester City leapfrogged us before kick-off.
There will be plenty of challenges like this along the way, and it is important to respond to them well.
United went 1-0 down early which made the task an even tougher one. United stepped up and bounced back to get the three points.
Solskjaer’s side are now back on top of the Premier League table. The bad news? We are now only at the halfway point, with 19 of 38 games played. But with half the season gone, we are exactly where we want to be.
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