When Edinson Cavani signed for Manchester United last summer on a free transfer, there were doubts whether he could adjust to the Premier League at this stage of his career. It is safe to say that he is proven that he can and then some.
The Uruguayan had a spectacular second half of the season after leaving his injury issues behind, and was one of the best strikers in the Premier League at that point of time. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 17 goals and provided 6 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions, averaging a goal every 128 minutes.
Thus, Cavani signing a contract extension must have been a massive boost to the club as there is no doubt that he is the best striker at the club right now. At 34 years of age, he might not be a long-term solution up top but for now, he is a vital member of this team.
He was linked with a move away from Old Trafford for quite some time though. Now, the Uruguayan has revealed why he decided to remain at Old Trafford. As reported by Manchester Evening News, Cavani said:
"“I decided to play there for one more year. I think there’s a good team which is one reason to stay.”"
He did not rule out a return to South America in the future though:
"“There’s nothing certain, but I think at some point I’ll come back to South America, I’ll play here.”"
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Manchester United need to get back to winning trophies soon
It looks like Manchester United’s good form last season helped Cavani in taking the decision to stay. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished in second position in the Premier League table and as runners up in the Europa League.
Thus, the progress that this side have made over the past few years is clear to see. But, they have not won a trophy under the Norwegian manager yet and have finished trophyless in four consecutive seasons now.
That is something that needs to change as soon as possible. Hopefully, with the right signings in the summer transfer window, it will next season. And Cavani’s presence in the side could play a huge factor in that regard.