Edinson Cavani has given an exclusive interview to the club’s monthly magazine, Inside United, revealing he could have joined Manchester United earlier in his illustrious career.
There has been a lot of talk about Cavani’s future this week, with the latest coming from former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, who revealed he has spoken to the striker about a move to Boca Juniors.
Obviously, none of that was touched on in his interview with the club’s official media. Instead they touched on his illustrious playing career and how close he was to joining United after his spell with Italian club Palermo.
“Just imagine it! I can’t remember exactly what happened,” Cavani told Inside United. “I do remember there was talk about one or two different teams, but hey, if I’d had that opportunity [to join United], I would have taken it, of course I would, without giving it a second thought.
“I don’t remember definitely if that was the case. But what I do remember is that I was due to travel to the World Cup in South Africa, and during that tournament, I had a conversation with Napoli, and well, told them if they had faith in me and wanted me to go there, trust and confidence are worth a lot to me, and so I made my decision and after Palermo I made the move to Napoli.”
The Uruguayan joined Napoli from Palermo in 2011 – as per Transfermarkt — so it makes you wonder whether we would’ve lost the title that season on goal difference had we signed Cavani?
Or a year on, do you think Sir Alex Ferguson would have had to sign Robin van Persie to take the title back from Man City?
Things could have worked out very differently for both United and Cavani which is crazy to think about now.
Read more: Denis Irwin hails Shaw as United’s ‘standout performer’ in rich vein of form