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Shout to the top: Edinson Cavani, here celebrating his equaliser against Southampton in November, has proven a big hit – on and off the pitch at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters

Shout to the top: Edinson Cavani, here celebrating his equaliser against Southampton in November, has proven a big hit – on and off the pitch at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters

Shout to the top: Edinson Cavani, here celebrating his equaliser against Southampton in November, has proven a big hit – on and off the pitch at Old Trafford. Photo: Reuters

It was not Edinson Cavani's error for Liverpool's second goal on Sunday that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer focused on during his post-match analysis, but the Uruguayan's reaction to it. "He makes a mistake but he was the one who was closest to winning it back inside our own 18-yard box," the Manchester United manager said.

You could certainly imagine Solskjaer sitting down Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood and telling them to take note of the urgency with which Cavani raced back in a bid to retrieve the ball from James Milner after the Liverpool midfielder had intercepted an intended cross-field pass.

Cavani turns 34 next month and, while he has brought experience and a focal point to United's forward line - an understanding of how and when to attack the six-yard box and a willingness around the penalty area, as evidenced by the way he drew a foul from Fabinho that earned the free-kick from which Bruno Fernandes won the Liverpool game - it is his work ethic that has resonated as much as anything.


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