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5 talking points as Cavani inspires Man Utd to comeback victory vs Tottenham


Manchester United came from behind to beat Tottenham 3-1 and heap further pressure on Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

After a largely uneventful opening, Edinson Cavani thought he had fired United into the lead just after the half an hour mark.

But following a VAR check the goal was controversially disallowed as it judged Scott McTominay had fouled Son Heung-Min in the build-up.

And just minutes later it was that man Son who put Spurs ahead as he slotted home from a Lucas Moura cross.

Ten minutes after the break United were deservedly level, with Fred poking home after Hugo Lloris had parried from Cavani’s effort.

And a superb diving header from Cavani ten minutes from the end and a late Mason Greenwood finish gave United the win.

The result sees the pressure grow on Jose Mourinho, with Spurs now six points adrift in the race for a Champions League qualification spot.

Here are five talking points from North London…

Cavani shows what United would miss



Edinson Cavani impressed in North London
Edinson Cavani impressed in North London

Uncertainty continues to surround Cavani’s future.

But the Uruguayan striker showed today just what he can bring to United with a Man of the Match performance, and demonstrated what a miss he would be if he does decide to return to South America this summer.

The 34-year-old’s build-up play and awareness was superb, as he showed with a few wonderful touches in the first-half.

And he was desperately unlucky that his terrific run and smart finish was not rewarded with a goal when his first-half effort was disallowed.

He had a big part to play in United’s equaliser, with his parried shot leading to Fred’s goal, and then topped it off with an unbelievable diving header to give his side the win.

Solskjaer and co should do everything in their power to try to convince Cavani to spend one more season in Manchester.

Frankly, he is too good to make the step down just yet.

Same old story for Spurs



The pressure is mounting further on Jose Mourinho
The pressure is mounting further on Jose Mourinho

How many times have we seen Spurs take the lead, sit back and drop points over the course of this season?

It has become as predictable as night following day, and it happened yet again versus United.

This was a match they simply had to win given the fact their top four rivals all picked up victories this weekend.

Yet as soon as they went ahead it was a case of letting their opponents have all of the ball and inviting pressure, and once again it came back to bite them.

And even when they went behind there was nowhere near enough urgency, with Gareth Bale once again brought on late but unable to make an impact.

It is simply not good enough, and ultimately it is likely to lead to Mourinho losing his job this summer.

Second place all but sealed for United



United seem certain for runners-up spot in the Premier League
United seem certain for runners-up spot in the Premier League

Following Leicester’s defeat to West Ham, victory this afternoon means United have built a seven-point gap between themselves and the Foxes.

And with the end of the season in sight, it looks almost certain they will grab runners-up spot in the Premier League.

It may be too late to mount a sensational comeback in the title race, but United must still be commended for a much-improved campaign.

And Solskjaer may now be allowed the luxury of resting a number of players as they focus on winning silverware in the Europa League.

It could end up being a highly satisfactory campaign indeed for the Red Devils.

The return of Son



Heung-min Son looked back to something approaching his best today
Heung-min Son looked back to something approaching his best today

After a sensational start to the season, Son has had a disappointing time of late.

The South Korean forward had managed just one goal in his last ten appearances before today, and had been struggling to make much of an impact on games.

He was certainly in and amongst it against United though, contentiously winning the free-kick which saw the visitors’ opener disallowed before grabbing the first goal just minutes later.

As talented as Son is, the one criticism of him is that he can be something of a streaky player, who can go missing at big moments.

But Spurs fans will be desperately hoping this one positive from today can mark the start of another goalscoring spell for Son, and they need him at his very best now more than ever.

The Fernandes paradox



Bruno Fernandes was again not at his very best
Bruno Fernandes was again not at his very best



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Like Son, Fernandes has had a strange old time of it recently.

On the one hand, his stats still look good, albeit his goals have been less regular of late.

And yet… you still get the sense he could be doing more.

Today he drifted in and out of the match, although he did produce some good moments such as a long-range effort which required a good save from Lloris in the second half and a cheeky nutmeg in the build-up to the winner.

But after looking a shoe-in for Player of the Season, there is now a valid argument that he has not even been the best at United given Luke Shaw’s superb showings.

A rest now and again could do him the world of good.

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