May 15, 2021

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‘Sensational’ Pogba and Cavani traits that led Man United to victory at Spurs

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Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Jermaine Jenas singled out two Manchester United players for praise following the 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

Following a controversial first-half, where United saw a goal disallowed and fell behind to Son Heung-Min’s effort, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fought back after the interval with goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.

The result all but secures United’s top-four finish and the Champions League football that comes with it as there is a nine-point advantage heading into the final seven matches of the season.

It was a United performance that has become customary this season, with the squad having a never say die attitude and fighting back, but there were two players in particular who caught the eye.


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The Premier League’s all-time leading scorer Shearer hailed the performance of Cavani, who caused problems for Spurs’ defensive line throughout the game.

“Class, pure class. I know when you’re coming off a Champions League week and we’ve had the performances of strikers like [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland, it was pure class. His movements, how slight they are, he knows he’s going to go in behind.

“He waits his moment and then explodes into spaces he knows are going to hurt defenders. That’s just his experience and knowing which areas are going to have an impact at the right time. They’re not huge movements, but when he does make them, they’re explosive and hard to pick up.”

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Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas highlighted the display from Paul Pogba, who played off the left in an unfamiliar role.

“Today he was just sensational, I thought, he was on another planet. He ran the game from start to finish. Tottenham couldn’t handle him. He’s so patient, he waits his time – he lines up Serge Aurier (for the disallowed goal), let me see you open those legs and bosh, straight through there.

“A brilliant bit of play that highlighted the mood Paul Pogba was in. It was just chances created time and time again for players running off him and every time he got on the ball, he sprung into life.”

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