Edinson Cavani stole the show to send Manchester United into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, having produced a Man of the Match-worthy display against Everton on Wednesday night.
Cavani scored his fourth goal of the season and his second against Everton before Anthony Martial came off the bench to put the game beyond the Toffees.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been pleased with the performance the Uruguay international produced upon his return to the starting line-up, as he led the line with great aplomb and dropped deep into his own half to bring others into play.
It’s the sort of display United fans will have been expecting to see from the 33-year-old, who has now racked up 12 appearances across all competitions since he first arrived at Old Trafford in the summer.
Solskjaer was effusive in his praise for the former Paris Saint-Germain striker after he scored in the 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
“Edinson Cavani should’ve scored three in the first half,” Solskjaer said, via quotes by The BBC. “But he is a top striker – his movement, quality. The goal was excellent.”
While Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba pulled the strings from the midfield, Ed Woodward’s bargain buy once again proved his worth to United against Everton, as Cavani took 40 touches of the ball and made one key pass, as per SofaScore.
No player from either side could match or better his tally of seven shots in total, as the Uruguayan centre-forward took four shots on target, one shot off target, missed one big chance and had one shot blocked, while he also only lost possession five times in his 90 minutes on the pitch,
Cavani was also fouled twice before the final whistle blew at Goodison Park, won three out of his six ground duels (50%) and provided one accurate long ball.
He also successfully completed his only dribble attempt of the game, wasn’t dribbled past at all and made one interception as well, which shows that he was a real handful throughout the game.
His performance alone more than merited their place in the League Cup semi-finals before substitute Martial sealed the win with the last kick of the game against Carlo Ancelotti’s side at Goodison Park.