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Cavani’s sad ending at MU

21 Th4 2022 | 06:35

Edinson Cavani will almost have an incomplete farewell to Manchester United. The 34-year-old striker is going through a season where he and the team both disappoint.

A year ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded in convincing Cavani to stay at Old Trafford for another year, the Norwegian strategist appreciated the experience and professionalism of the former PSG star. However, up to the present time, it is right to say that the option of extending the contract of the Uruguayan striker is not really accurate.

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Cavani spent the 2021/22 season unsatisfactory with Manchester United. Photo: Reuters.

Disappointing season

The current contract between Cavani and the “Red Devils” is entering the final months, and almost the striker born in 1987 will leave Old Trafford. Unlike a year ago, Cavani no longer receives many offers from the top European teams.

In the summer of 2021, after an impressive period with MU, the South American spearhead was welcomed by AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and many top clubs. The fact that Cavani did not start much at MU this season, in addition to constant injuries, made the former Napoli star less attractive.

Cavani has made just 12 appearances in the Premier League this season, most of which the striker has come from the bench. On April Fools’ Day, coach Ralf Rangnick announced Cavani could be out for up to five weeks due to a calf injury. Manchester United fans know that it is not a joke from the German strategist.

If the prediction of the Manchester United medical team is correct, Cavani will only return to play for the “Red Devils” in the last three games of the season. He is also not sure if he can play the main kick in the three matches mentioned above. By that time, MU’s fate this season may have been arranged. The red half of Manchester went through a blank season, and next season’s Champions League spot also gradually left them.

Cavani is not among the MU stars receiving heavy criticism this season. However, the 35-year-old striker’s meager contributions to the team still disappoint “Red Devils” fans.

Cavani has suffered at least 4 major and minor injuries since the beginning of the season. He also had physical problems after recovering from an injury. In the English Premier League 2021/22, Cavani only played 3 full 90 minutes. At the Champions League playground this season, the Uruguayan striker did not start any matches. He mainly came on from the bench in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the game.

Cavani just turned 35 at the beginning of the year, and he is aware that his time at the top is running out. Last summer, the striker born in 1987 hinted about his ability to play in La Liga, but in the end he was persuaded to dedicate himself to MU for one more season. That could be a decision Cavani regrets.

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Cavani and Ronaldo have not had many opportunities to play together this season. Photo: Reuters.

Cavani is Ronaldo’s victim?

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window of 2021 reduces Cavani’s position at MU. The Uruguayan striker had to give up the number 7 shirt he was wearing to give it to his new teammate. Coach Solskjaer often praises Cavani for his hard work and professionalism in the press room. But on the field, he prioritized Ronaldo to start more than Cavani.

After a summer break and serving the national team at the Copa America, Cavani returned to England. This striker will miss the first two rounds of the 2021/22 Premier League, coming on for 37 minutes in a 1-0 win over Wolves.

Since that time until the beginning of November, Cavani has not started a single match for MU. The times Cavani is used at MU this season, when he is healthy, can only be counted on the fingers.

Cavani started with Ronaldo in the 3-0 win over Tottenham in October 2021. It was a match that made experts believe that the solution of using the Ronaldo – Cavani duo could help MU’s attack flourish. Cavani suffered a tendon injury shortly after and Solskjaer’s plan for him to partner with Ronaldo fell through. The Norwegian strategist was fired just three weeks later.

The last time Cavani was used at Old Trafford this season came during the Boxing Day period and the beginning of the new year, when the South American spearhead kicked all 90 minutes in 3 consecutive matches in the English Premier League.

It is said that Ronaldo is the “culprit” for Cavani’s decline this season. However, it’s hard to believe that the Portuguese superstar doesn’t want to pair up with a sacrificial player like Cavani in attack.

The player’s health condition and the lack of stability on the MU steering bench are the biggest causes. 3 different coaches have led the “Red Devils” this season. Neither Solskjaer, Carrick nor Rangnick have found the best solution to use Cavani when Ronaldo is present. The injuries of the Uruguayan striker did not help any more.

Spanish media believe that Cavani is likely to join Real Sociedad when his contract with MU expires. It is not a bad choice for the 35-year-old striker at the moment. However, one has the right to regret the former PSG star for deciding to linger on the “Red Devils” last year.

According to Tuong Linh – Zing.vn | 14:00 April 16, 2022