Shearer waxes lyrical over ‘incredible’ Man Utd star in win

Alan Shearer was very impressed by the “magnificent” Edinson Cavani as Man Utd beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Having secured a place in the Europa League final on Thursday, the Red Devils got a challenging run of three Premier League matches in five days off to a winning start on Sunday.

But Man Utd, like so many times this season, had to do things the hard way as they came from behind to win for a 10th top-flight game – a competition record in a single campaign.

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Villa had gone into the break leading thanks to Bertrand Traore’s stunning goal, only for Bruno Fernandes to level from the penalty spot and Mason Greenwood to add a second shortly afterwards.

Substitute Cavani wrapped up a 3-1 victory that left second-placed Man Utd on the brink of back-to-back top-four finishes for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and it was rubberstamped later in the afternoon when West Ham lost at home to Everton.

Cavani once again showed why Man Utd are keen to keep him on for another season and Shearer hailed the “deadly” 34-year-old.

“This guy is incredible,” Shearer told Match of the Day. “He’s just deadly. His movement, to get in there, the hunger to keep on scoring goals. He gets in between the fullback and the centre-half, they haven’t got a clue where he is.

“Absolutely magnificent. He’s been doing it for years. They have to try and keep hold of him. Not only will it benefit the team but it will also benefit the youngsters who are going to work with him every single day and look at him closely in training.”

Harry Maguire had been on the cusp of becoming the first outfield player in United’s history to complete 72 consecutive Premier League matches before limping off late in the second half.

The skipper is a doubt for this week’s matches against Leicester and Liverpool, which could see the Red Devils move within four points of leaders Manchester City if they triumph in both.

“It is what it is,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “It’s very unlikely obviously that they (City) won’t get the points they need but we just have to do our jobs as well as we can.

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“Tuesday will be a difficult game, Thursday’s another difficult game, so for these boys I don’t put it beyond them. They can go again, which we’ve shown so many times.”


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