Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani says he keeps on getting better with age.
Cavani spoke to UEFA’s website ahead of the Europa League final, where he will be hoping to cap his maiden season in English football with a trophy.
He feels the experience he has means he will carry on improving and he wants to set an example to his teammates every single day.
Cavani has elevated United’s attack this season with his knowhow and workrate, netting 16 goals and laying on six assists.
“Over time, you can always learn. You can always improve, prepare yourself better. It’s about growing, isn’t it? In every aspect; in personal terms, as a human being, in football terms.
“[I’ve] been playing football for many years, and different styles. You gain some experience that leads you to enjoy it more later on, to see things you couldn’t before. To value things that you didn’t before.
“That’s why I think that life is beautiful because you improve, you grow, you learn how to experience things, to experience every stage of your life, and to do it better every time.
“Nowadays, I’m the oldest player, the elder statesman in the team, and that’s a great motivation for me. It pushes me during training sessions, it pushes me when I’m about to go out and play a match and compete.”
He will also ensure that the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood improve too, by underlining the consistency required to be an elite forward.
Cavani gives that pair – United’s best wide forwards – a focal point to work off in attack which makes the whole team more dangerous
United don’t have too many players who have won big trophies but Cavani is one of them and that nous could be crucial under the intense pressure of Wednesday’s final in Gdansk.
It’s great to hear Cavani thinks he’ll keep on improving and should be even better next term with a full pre-season behind him.
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