Edinson Cavani’s Manchester United career is over after two years at Old Trafford, the second of which was derailed by numerous injury problems and homesickness complaints.
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The Uruguayan will leave Old Trafford this summer, with his contract expiring at the end of June. Cavani finished his time with the Red Devils by playing the full 90 minutes in a final day loss at crystal Palace.
And there was a touch of cruel irony in being fit enough to do it after spending the entire season battling injuries. Signed from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020, the veteran striker quickly became a fan favourite, closing his first season at the club with 17 goals in all competitions.
then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær he did his best to convince the homesick Cavani to stay in Manchester for another year, eventually agreeing a 12-month contract extension. But what followed was a severe case of season two syndrome, with injury problems adding to reports of general unhappiness at the club.
On several occasions, Cavani was deemed to have effectively ruled himself out of games through injury, leaving United legend Paul Scholes to label him a “disgrace”. He said Premier league productions: “I think Cavani was a disgrace this year, he almost never played.
“He pulled out of the Middlesbrough game because he had to travel back from where he was. Interestingly, since that Middlesbrough game, I think I heard last night, United have only won five of 18 games or so since then.
But while Cavani might admit that his second season at Old Trafford left him with some regrets, he insists he will leave the club with a “happy memory” of his relationship with fans.
“Honestly, I have nothing but words of thanks to the fans and supporters of manchester united”, he told the club’s media. “Honestly, they have shown me a lot of respect from the first moment I arrived. I think they have recognized a lot of all the hard work that I have always tried to do in the best way possible, giving my best for this team.
“I am really very grateful and I am leaving here with happy memories of that love that they showed me and always showed me.”
Cavani added: “I wanted to contribute more this season. One of the things that has left me with a bit of a sour taste is that when we had a very nice and quite decent [2020/21] season, we couldn’t have the fans with us.
“And now this season, with the fans coming back to the grounds and stadiums, I haven’t really been able to have the kind of campaign, if I’m being honest, on a personal front that I really would have liked.
“Where I would have been able to score the kind of goals that I did last season, and then celebrate them a bit more with the fans, the kind of thing that’s great for a striker or striker to do.
“But I want to sincerely thank the fans from the bottom of my heart, because they have always shown me a lot of affection, and that is very important for a footballer.”