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The 34-year-old Uruguayan striker, who arrived at United as a free agent last year, set up Bruno Fernandes in the opening 10 minutes as the Red Devils took the lead.
However, United slipped up and were 2-1 down before half-time in the first-leg Europa League semi-final clash at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba's controversial handball decision allowed Lorenzo Pellegrini to pull back an equaliser from the spot-kick before Edin Dzeko fired Roma into the lead.
However, Cavani turned his performance up a notch in the second half as he pulled United level only minutes after kick-off.
The former Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli striker then completed his brace in the 64th minute as United took control of the Europa League tie.
Fernandes completed his brace in the 71st minute after converting from the spot-kick, with Pogba adding United's fifth minutes later.
Cavani capped off a fine performance as he set up Mason Greenwood for United's sixth with a sensational first-time outside-of-the-foot pass.
The Uruguay international, whose current deal will expire in the summer, has been widely praised for his impact at United since he signed on deadline day.
But the United striker's performance against Roma showed why he is still a clinical world-class finisher and a valuable asset to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ambitious plans going forward.
That's not to mention Cavani receiving plenty of praise on social media for his effective partnership with Fernandes and Pogba against Roma.
United's stunning 6-2 comeback against Roma puts them in complete control of the semi-final tie ahead of the second-leg clash.
The Premier League club will play the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico on 6th May.
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