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Edinson Cavani was a late substitute in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night, with the tenacity of the forward obvious for all to see as soon as he came on.
The Spanish side leapt into a second-half lead thanks to Paco Alcacer, which prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make a raft of early changes.
On came Cavani, in place of summer signing Jadon Sancho, who is set to score for his new club since arriving from Borussia Dortmund.
On the stroke of the hour mark, the Red Devils levelled the scoreline thanks to Alex Telles' low drilled volley from the edge of the Villareal box.
Heading into the final 10 minutes, the game was delicately poised, but far from accepting a solitary point, the United players continued to search for a late winner - nobody more so than Cavani.
As the clip below demonstrates, his effort in chasing down the Villareal defenders in an attempt to win the ball back exemplifies why the Uruguayan is such a popular figure in world football.
This is why fans love Edinson Cavani :triumph:
Pure effort.#UCL pic.twitter.com/T2ba8dDJsn
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 29, 2021
Some fans chose to reply to the original tweet, noting how many of the 34-year-old's teammates wouldn't be as willing to put in the same milage.
Martial would never have done that, not in a million years
- red_mufc1 (@red_mufc1) September 29, 2021
If only the other 9 outfield players pressed like this!!!
- Steve (@steve2theizzO) September 29, 2021
As fate would have it, United did eventually find a winning goal, although it predictably came from the boot of Cristiano Ronaldo in the 95th minute.
And yet, Cavani certainly played his part in the match-winning move, after initially helping to win back possession for his side.
From there, Fred picked out Ronaldo at the far post, and after a cute layoff by Jesse Lingard, the iconic number 7 slotted home to send the United fans into raptures.
It just goes to show what is possible with a bit of hard work and persistence.
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