Edinson Cavani sends goodbye message to Manchester United fans

Edinson Cavani stepped in for Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s final game, with the Portuguese ruled out with a hip injury.

Cavani could not add to his paltry season tally of just two goals, against Crystal Palace, with United slipping to a 1-0 defeat.

The Uruguayan did come close in the first half, with a shot seeming to catch goalkeeper Vicente Guaita off balance, before he stuck out an arm to keep it out.

Cavani ended the game with fewer touches (31) than any outfield player on the pitch, with United failing to give him service, in a disappointing final appearance.

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Edinson Cavani sends goodbye message

Cavani sent a goodbye message to supporters after the game, along with a video of him waving to the travelling fans.

The striker wrote, via translation: “I would have several things to say to you, but I just want you to know that I wish you all the best in what’s to come…”

There may be a more formal departure note from Cavani at a future time, with his feelings conveyed more extensively, or this could be all we get.

The striker’s contract expires at the end of June, and he is keen to move on as a free agent, and United need him to.

Looking back, extending his contract last year ended up being a waste of everybody’s time, with Cavani’s lack of availability due to injuries or international commitments creating a problem.

He was also not particularly enamoured with United signing Cristiano Ronaldo, with the striker telling  ESPN Brasil he would have pushed for a move if he knew the forward was coming back.

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Cavani was once a great player, who showed flashes in the 2020/21 season, in which he scored 17 goals. There was rarely any questioning his commitment when he was on the pitch, as seen above by his square-up with Palace’s Joachim Andersen on the final day. United just signed him too late in his career.

Now attention must turn to signing a new striker, with United scoring only 58 goals in 38 Premier League games this season.

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