Edinson Cavani broke his five-game game drought for Uruguay to help them qualify for the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
He earned praise from Manchester United’s assistant manager Mike Phelan for his clinical finish against Boliva at the tournament, as it bodes well for the future season that Cavani is back amongst the goals for his country.
Phelan tweeted: “Morning all. Nice to wake up to Edinson Cavani looking sharp and finding the back of the net in [the] Copa America.”
The 34-year-old striker started up front as Uruguay took on Bolivia in a group stage game and with the scoreline 1-0, Cavani doubled their lead to seal all three points for his nation.
It looks like he will be our main striker next season, with Mason Greenwood moving to a central role as an understudy to Cavani. He certainly did enough last term to warrant a new deal and with transfer priorities set elsewhere, it looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants another year before going big in the transfer market for a more long-term goalscorer.
Maybe Greenwood will be that – but only time will tell. He is sure to learn a lot more from playing with Cavani over the coming year. The same goes for other exciting talents up front like Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, Amad Diallo and maybe Anthony Martial.
Cavani is more reliable up front that Martial. Well, that was certainly the case throughout the previous campaign. I would like to see him have a strong Copa America before getting a well-earned rest before pre-season gets underway.
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Uruguay and Paraguay secured their spots in the Copa America knockout stage by winning their Group A matches by 2-0 on Thursday. It was Uruguay’s first win in the tournament.
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Argentina lead Group A with seven points but Lionel Messi is not running away with the goalscoring award just yet – in fact, he has yet to get his name on the scoresheet.
Cavani doubled the Uruguyan lead from short range in the 79th minute at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba – his first for his country since November – but it stands him in good stead to go on and finish the competition strongly before regrouping in England with his United team-mates.
Only four players are ahead of him in the goalscoring charts at the Copa America, and all share 2 goals each: Neymar, Eduardo Vargas, Ayrton Preciado, Angel Romero.