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Cavani has matched Lukaku and Ibrahimovic in achieving Manchester United feat

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Edinson Cavani followed in a Manchester United strikers’ tradition by scoring twice in the 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguayan came off the bench at half-time to assist Bruno Fernandes and net a brace as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came from 2-0 down to win at St Mary’s.

James Ward-Prowse set up Jan Bednarek to head in the opener and curled a free-kick past David de Gea, but it was Cavani who had the final say, heading in the equaliser in the 74th minute and the winner in injury-time.

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The comeback ensured United won a club-record eighth consecutive top-flight away game and saw Cavani follow in the footsteps of two of his predecessors.

Interestingly, his last-gasp header was the third instance in the last four years that a United striker had scored their second goal to make the scoreline 3-2 against Southampton after the 85th minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the first to achieve the feat and he did it on the big stage, netting twice at Wembley to cancel out Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace and win the EFL Cup in 2017.

Romelu Lukaku then followed suit in a Premier League tie back in March 2019, adding two second-half goals to Andreas Pereira’s opener to clinch another 3-2 win, this time at Old Trafford.

Southampton are certainly a favourite opponent of United, with Sunday’s result becoming the 10th time in the Premier League that the Red Devils have come from behind to win against the Saints.

Only United’s record against Newcastle of 10 comeback top-flight wins compares.

Is not just against Southampton that Solskjaer’s side have marked themselves out as comeback kings either.

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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.

Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 down at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.

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The win meant United became the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive away games despite trailing in each.

September’s 3-2 win over Brighton in which Neal Maupay netted the opener was followed by a 4-1 win at Newcastle when a Luke Shaw own goal opened the scoring and the 3-1 victory at Goodison Park when Everton’s Bernard scored first.

United will look to extend their winning away run in the Premier League when they travel to east London to face West Ham United on Saturday.

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