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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lavishes praise on "incredible" Edinson Cavani

:Headline: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lavishes praise on 'incredible' Edinson Cavani:
Edinson Cavani struck United's opener as they returned to the top of the Premier League with victory at Fulham.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Edinson Cavani as a centre forward other players can learn from, after he set Manchester United on their way to a 2-1 win over Fulham.

Cavani capitalised on a mistake from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to cancel out Ademola Lookman's sixth-minute strike. United's win, which moved them back to the top of the Premier League, was sealed by a stunning Paul Pogba curled strike from outside the area.

The goal ensured the Uruguayan became the first United player to score their first four club goals away from home and earned Solskjaer's praise.

"He's a centre forward that you want in the box. His movement is incredible, it's for everyone to learn from," the United boss said.

"It's almost like I get frustrated at times when he goes wide to put the crosses in because he's the one that you want in there and sometimes I have to ask him to do less running but even in the second half, the header was a great save by Areola.

"He's come down the side a few times and his movement is spot on, so he's the type of centre forward that we've been looking for and he complements Marcus (Rashford) and Mason (Greenwood) and Anthony (Martial) really."

Fulham slipped to their second successive league defeat, which leaves them in 18th place and four points from safety.

After a disappointing start to the season, during which Fulham conceded 12 goals in their opening five Premier League games, Scott Parker's men have tightened up at the back, with just five goals scored against them in their last seven matches.

Scott Parker's Fulham are struggling in front of goal (Adrian Dennis/PA)

However, the Cottagers have struggled at the other end of the pitch, finding the net only four times.

"I think from the start of the season we see where we needed to improve as a team and the players have worked relentlessly on the training field to do that, to give ourselves a platform in games, to be more solid," Parker admitted.

"Now that box seems to have been ticked really and now we need to look at the other side and how we can really take our chances in big moments in games because I think that will probably be the difference for us.

"But look, we've come out of a run now of nine games from Leicester away, to Manchester City, to Liverpool and Chelsea, the teams that are going to fight for the Championship this year and went toe-to-toe with them really, so very proud but a little bit disappointed."

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1Manchester CityMan City25185250153559
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd25147453322149
3Leicester CityLeicester25154644271749
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham25136639291045
5Chelsea25127641251643
6Liverpool25117745341140
7Everton2412483733440
8Aston Villa23113937261136
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs24106837271036
10Leeds UnitedLeeds25112124343035
11Arsenal25104113126534
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2596102632-633
13Crystal Palace2595112943-1432
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2577111830-1228
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2551192632-626
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2574142643-1725
18Fulham25410112132-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2528151955-3614
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2532201541-2611
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich32207545252067
2Brentford32179659342560
3Watford32179643232060
4Swansea CitySwansea30178538191959
5Reading32156114437751
6Cardiff CityCardiff321471148341449
7Bournemouth321310946321449
8Barnsley31146113635148
9Middlesbrough32137123734346
10Stoke CityStoke32111293735245
11Millwall3291673128343
12Bristol City32133163243-1142
13Queens Park RangersQPR301010103034-440
14Preston North EndPreston32124163442-840
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn31116144537839
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest32109132731-439
17Luton TownLuton31108132435-1138
18Derby CountyDerby31107142432-837
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield32106163847-936
20Coventry CityCoventry32810142943-1434
21Birmingham CityBirmingham32710152340-1731
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3085173341-829
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3197152135-1428
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3158182351-2823
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