Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score for Manchester United at St James’ Park.

While the striker’s shot was not the cleanest shot he has ever taken, he found a way to get the ball into the back of the net.

This is what great goalscorers do, and Cavani has a knack for it.

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Cavani praised

Cavani’s goalscoring contribution salvaged a point for United, after a drab performance.


He was praised by teammate Nemanja Matic, who posted a message reading ‘class is eternal’ on his Instagram feed.

Respect for a top player

Matic is one of the oldest players in United’s squad, with Cavani one of the few who are older than him.

This means the Serbian has an extra level of respect for the energy and passion Cavani brings with each and every performance.

Cavani was praised by Gary Neville on Sky after his display, and manager Ralf Rangnick also spoke highly of him in his post match comments.

Rangnick told the club website: “In some situations, including the goal we scored, we were good. Edinson has two other good chances to score and with him we had another striker who was dangerous in front of goal.”

Ronaldo’s best partner?

While Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 13 goals for Manchester United, he has only seven of these in the Premier League.

United need to get the best out him and so far partnerships with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have failed to ignite.

His partnership with Cavani looks more explosive, with defenders finding it tough to deal with both. When Ronaldo is paid extra attention to by defenders, it creates space which Cavani’s movement is able to exploit.

Both players netted on their only start together so far in the win over Tottenham in early November. Now Cavani is fit again, United might get to see them play more regularly together to see if the partnership is the real deal.

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