Fulham ruin Man Utd fans' homecoming after Cavani hit the bullseye with stunner

Edinson Cavani welcomed fans back into Old Trafford with a stunning goal of the season contender.

But it was already relegated Fulham who ruined the homecoming for Manchester United fans, the visitors scoring late on to claim a deserved draw.

Cavani finally got to perform his iconic bow and arrow goal celebration in front of United fans, after hitting the bullseye with his sublime strike.

The majestic effort, a 40-yard effort executed with elan and precision, was a fitting way to welcome 10,000 fans back into Old Trafford after a 436-day enforced absence.

But United ultimately paid the price for their failure to kill the game, Scott Parker’s spirited side never giving up, despite already being consigned to the Championship.

Cavani celebrates his sublime effort
Cavani celebrates his sublime effort

United have now failed to win any of their last three games, far from ideal preparation heading into the Europa League final against Villarreal in Gdansk a week today.

Solskajer’s call for calm, after the recent violent anti-Glazer protests, was heeded, although many fans held aloft cards calling for the owners to quit as the teams emerged for kick-off.

Anti-Glazer chants were also sung throughout the game, as returning United fans made it clear there will be no let-up in the campaign to drive the owners out of the club.

Solskjaer showed his ruthless side by dropping Dean Henderson, after his unconvincing display in United’s 4-2 defeat to Liverpool, with David De Gea replacing him.

Bryan earned a point for the Cottagers
Bryan earned a point for the Cottagers

It was De Gea’s first Premier League appearance since February 28, with Henderson preferred in the league by Solskjaer since then.

The fans did not have to wait long for a goal, with Cavani’s stunning strike in the 15 th minute opening the scoring.

De Gea found Fernandes, who went to flick the ball on to the unmarked Cavani, who spotted Alphonse Areola off his line.

Cavani executed the perfect strike, the ball soaring over the Fulham keeper, who got a hand to it, but was powerless to keep it out.

Cavani was finally able to celebrate with supporters for the first time since joining United back in October, when games were played behind closed doors.

With Cavani having signed a one-year contract extension, United fans can look forward to seeing plenty more of the classy 34-year-old leading the line next season.

Fernandes, voted United’s Player of the Year earlier in the day, came close to making it 2-0 in the 26 th minute, Areola denying him with a fine save at full-stretch to his right.

Fernandes sent a free-kick just wide after the restart, while Mason Greenwood squandered a chance in the 73rd minute.

United’s failure to take those chances proved costly, Fulham equalising after 75 minutes, Joe Bryan heading in at the far post to make it honours even.


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